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Students should be exposed to modern literature – Loranne Vella

The writer Loranne Vella has appealed to students not to just study works written by past authors but they should also seek exposure to modern literature. The authoress, who won the Romance category in the National Book Prize Awards with her book ‘Rokit’ is working on a project that combines different artistic spheres.

Loranne said that while it is important that works from different eras should be studied it is also important that modern authors are also given their due of importance.

She said too much emphasis is given to past authors while those currently writing are viewed as not being important and that they will only become important in 20 or 30 years’ time. Loranne said she does not feel this is correct because many of today’s contemporary works reflect today’s contemporary life and its realities and therefore today’s problems have to be faced.

The writer, who for the last 13 years worked as a translator in Brussels, said that while Maltese literature has made noteworthy progress, there is a need for further literary criticism.

Vella said that a work that takes years to write should not just be read and nothing more; readers may restrict themselves to this but there is a need for such work to be analysed and feedback given to the writer for them to make a self-assessment whether their work has validity or not.

Loranne has written a collection of short stories to be published soon titled ‘Verbi: mill-bieb ‘il ġewwa’.

She said every character, every story examines repeated actions such as hair-combing, putting on make-up, drinking a cup of coffee and while these do not appear important, other unimportant actions are going on to remind one of something else either in the past or in the future.

However, before the work is published, the stories are being interpreted by the Barumbara Collective, a group of Maltese and European artists from different spheres including drama, dancing, photography, films and the designs of light and music that mix the arts with the theatre.

‘Verbi: mill-bieb ‘il ġewwa’ is being staged at the Valletta Contemporary at the end of the week.

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