Inizjamed at the Prague Book Fair 2007



Maria Grech Ganado and Adrian Grima represented Inizjamed and Malta at this year's edition of the annual Prague Book Fair in May. They were invited to the event by Literature Across Frontiers, a international project for the promotion of literature in Europe part-financed by the Culture 2000 programme of the EU.


The series of six books of Contemporary Maltese Literature in Translation published by Inizjamed and Midsea Books was on display on the LAF stand at the fair together with publications from a host of European countries and regions.


The two Maltese writers first read their poetry in Maltese, English and Czech at an event on Friday, 4 May 2007 at 18.00-19.00 at the Literary Café of the Bookfair venue. All translations of the poems by the Maltese writers into Czech were done by Alexandra Büchler. Adrian Grima's poetry in Maltese was translated into English by Antoine Cassar and Maria Grech Ganado while bilingual writer Maria Grech Ganado read her own works in English and Maltese. The other poets who read their work during this first session of "POETRY FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN" were Metin Celal (Turkey), Miquel Desclot (Catalonia), and Vassilis Rouvalis (Greece).


These five Mediterranean poets read their work again on Saturday, 5 May 2007, between 20.00–22.00, at the Viola Theatre in the centre of Prague. The event was called "MEDITERRANEO - AN EVENING OF MEDITERRANEAN POETRY AND MUSIC."


Adrian Grima also chaired the session on Thursday 3 May at 15:30–17:00 about "Literature off the Page. Literature and Performance, Art, Music, Film." The other speakers were Jiří Dědeček (CR), Martin Šafránek (CR), Zoë Skoulding (Wales), Renée Gadsden (Austria/USA), and Eduard Escoffet (Catalonia). The panel discussed the relationship between literature and other art forms such as music, visual arts and film. "How do they re-vitalize and inspire each other and how does writing come alive off the page? What are the differences between performance or text-based art and visual or performance poetry? Do great novels make good feature films and can poetry be expressed through purely visual means? How do cross-disciplinary approaches enrich literary creation and why are many literary festivals still stuck in the groove of promoting books by means or readings?"


The seminars, readings and performances based on the theme, Literature in Interaction were porganized by Literature Across Frontiers and partners, Josef Škvorecký Literary Academy, European Network of Creative Writing Programmes, BookWorld Prague, Fraus Publishing, and the British Council.