An exhibition of Clare Azzopardi’s books
As part of the Libraries Campaign, the Department of Libraries and the National Book Council are holding an exhibition dedicated to Clare Azzopardi’s literary works at the Central Public Library in Floriana. The exhibition is open until the end of this month.
Clare Azzopardi has written six textbooks for children called Stilel (Merlin Library, 2003-2006), has also edited a series of 12 children’s books called Senduq Kuluri/Senduq Buffuri (Merlin Library, 2005-2007) and a series of four comprehension books called Kalejdoskopju (Merlin Library, 2008-2009). Her poetry and short stories have been collected in anthologies such as Illejla Ismagħni Ftit (2001), Gżejjer (Inizjamed, 2000), F’Kull Belt Hemm Kantuniera (Inizjamed, 2003), Ktieb għall-Ħruq (Inizjamed, 2004), and Storja Tinkiteb (Kunsill tal-lingwa, 2005). Some of them were translated into English, German, Italian, Croatian, Latvian, Czech, Hungarian, Dutch and have been published in literary reviews, including In Focus (Pen Cyprus, 2005/2006), Cúirt 21 (Ireland, 2006), Transcript (LAF, 2007) and Skald (Wales, 2007). Her play L-Interdett taħt is-Sodda has been published in French (Editions Theatrales, 2008) and Arabic (I-Act, 2009). Clare also published Others, Across (Inizjamed and Midsea Books, 2005), which contains two short stories translated into English and Il-Linja l-Ħadra (Merlin, 2006), her first short story collection in Maltese which won the Maltese National Book Award for fiction. The story The Green Line was also nominated as one of the best online stories in 2006 – http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters.html
In 2008 she published the first picture book for children Meta l-Milied ma ġiex which won the Maltese National Book Award for children’s fiction. 2009 has seen three children’s novels: Il-Każ (kważi) Kollu tal-Aħwa De Molizz, Jake Cassar fir-Renju tar-Re Pankrazju IV and Ir-Re Pankrazju IV jagħlaq mitt sena (Merlin Library).