Watch: “There is a treasure in every one of these books” – Loranne Vella

During an exclusive interview with, author Loranne Vella professes her love for her native language, saying that it was thanks to her work as a translator that she became a writer in Maltese.

“I always had a big love for my own language, but when I started working with that language, I fell in love even more,” she says.

Vella is a Brussels-based Maltese writer, translator and performer. Between 2007 and 2009 she co-authored the three volumes of the Fiddien Trilogy, each of which won the National Book Prize.

Her first novel for adults, Rokit, was published to critical and public acclaim and won the National Book Prize in 2018.

At the Malta Book Festival currently being held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, she will will be interviewed by fellow author Walid Nabhan on her multidisciplinary creative career, including her new collection of short stories Mill-Bieb ‘il Ġewwa (Take A Look Inside (Me)) on Friday 8th November at 7.00 pm.

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