Initially conceived as the Malta Book Fair back in 1979, this annual cultural event was launched to celebrate the wonder of books. In 2013, it was rebranded as the Malta Book Festival to reach out to book lovers all over the Islands with a wide programme of family-friendly activities – including book launches and presentations, poetry and literature readings, meetings with authors, dramatisations of literary texts, and conferences and seminars. With an annual attendance of thirty thousand people – including professional authors and diverse creatives working in publishing houses, bookshops and libraries – the festival also offers extensive networking opportunities for professionals in the book world.