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Loranne Vella

Loranne Vella lives a busy life in Brussels where she translates in an office, reads in bed, writes in cafes and occasionally performs in the street.  Every so often she switches locations around. She’s become indifferent to the grey weather but wears a huge smile when it shines. She prefers to write in Maltese, read in English, translate from French, and dream in Japanese. At the end of the day, she still tries to get her eight hours of sleep.

Loranne Vella has won the Maltese national book prize with her fantasy novel Rokit, published by Merlin Publishers. The novel explores multiple themes, among them the fragmentation of Europe as Petrel leaves Croatia to explore his grandmother’s Maltese roots, to find Malta under siege by the effects of global warming.