Maltese writer and poet Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature, discusses the journey to foreign lands. As an islander, he recounts the confinement of islands, the sea as border, the edge, the crossing of sea and sky. Moreover, hailing from a tiny country, he recounts the effect that space, the void and vastness have on his perception of distance. Journeys are also social and political, and the presentation continuously poses the dilemma whether a foreigner can and should tread on other people’s history.
This program is in conjunction with the Embassy of Malta on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.