Launch Ticket: Praspar Press with readings and conversation from Loranne Vella, Peter Scalpello and Kat Sorace

Launch Ticket: Praspar Press with readings and conversation from Loranne Vella, Peter Scalpello and Kat Sorace

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Join us for an evening celebrating the first two publications from Praspar Press, a new publisher for Maltese literature in English and English translation. Featuring readings and conversation with authors Loranne Vella, Peter Scalpello and Kat Storace. Loranne, Peter and Kat will be talking with writer, translator and Praspar Press co-founder Jen Calleja.

In Loranne Vella's what will it take for me to leave, everyone is a player in a game. A multitude of figures and disembodied voices barter the terms of relationships, solve puzzles, set riddles, play hide-and-seek - and they will do anything to come out on top, even cheat themselves of the truth... An enigmatic, dark, and at times humorous collection of stories that makes us cross swords with the past, the present and the future, in a deft translation by Kat Storace.

'what will it take for me to leave has a surface of the quotidian and routine but, oh my, what rich worlds are conjured in these stories and fragments! Tensions, desires, regrets and complexities are conveyed with such nuance and freshness. I loved it.' - Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home

'Stories and vignettes so relatable, about lives and issues so familiar, they almost read like horror as they reach their disturbingly incisive , revelatory and always deeply satisfying denouement. This book is so good.' - Sophie Hughes, author of Hurricane Season

On Scintillas: New Maltese Writing 1

This first anthology of Maltese writing from Praspar Press showcases new prose, poetry and literary nonfiction by a selection of emerging and established Maltese writers from across the world.

The pieces featured in this anthology give voice to the anxieties, desires and nostalgic meditations of their authors. But throughout these narratives preoccupied with changes and loss, a glimmer of something meaningful rises to the surface: a mote in a sunbeam, the arrival of morning after a night of insomnia, new life after a bushfire...scintillas of hope where previously there had been none.

Featuring: Clare Azzopardi, Tanja Cilia, Lou Drofenik, Noah Fabri, John Falzon, Karina Fiorini, Albert Gatt, Joe Gatt, Holly Knowles, Teodor Reljic, Rita Saliba, Stephanie Sant, Peter Scalpello, Kat Storace, Sebastian Tanti Burlo, Maria Theuma, Alex Vella Gera, Daniel Vella and Loranne Vella.