Watch: “The people of Valletta are what make it special”

For this week’s programme of‘s book-related series Between the Lines, Coryse Borg interviews the wonderful Ramona Depares about her book Beltin: Stejjer minn Nies Minsija – a love-letter to Valletta.

Depares, born and raised in the capital city, zones her pen in on the woman who helps her husband in the grocery store, the footballer hero who lives down the road, the nanna who babysits her grandchild, the man who runs the whole carnival show.

The book is part-financed by the National Book Council.

Beltin: Stejjer minn Nies Minsija is illustrated by Moira Scicluna Zahra and published by Merlin Publishers. It is available for sale from all leading bookshops or directly online from

Filming: Sarah Salafia

Editing: Coryse Borg