Malta – The Beautiful Hour

A look at how Malta’s surprising arts and culture scene is being shaped by a new generation of movers and shakers – by-pass the tourist talk and get the most out of Malta’s very own Beautiful Hour. Time-travel through the layers of Malta’s history, go behind the scenes and see amazing Gozo in a new light – develop your own customized three-day visit to enjoy key, cultural landmarks.

What readers say:

‘A real eye-opener!’
‘A light touch to a serious subject – an enjoyable and easy read.’
‘I had no idea all this was going on! Thank you so much.’
‘Made my visit so much more meaningful.’
‘Charming and insightful throughout.’

About The Author

Karen Elizabeth Steed shares her deep love and understanding of Malta and its culture in this highly personal account of her experiences in the lively and often surprising world of the islands’ art communities. Join her as she looks below the surface to find out what is really going on.

Born in Canada, she now calls Malta her home and divides her time between a historical, Victorian neighbourhood in Sliema and an apartment in Gozo surrounded by stunning views. Previously, she worked in Canada as a writer, editor, publisher and literary agent.

‘Makes it easy to get the most out of your time in Malta – whether you live here or are just visiting.’

 

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Published November 2017

The Beautiful Hour

Disappearing Malta Crafts, Trades & Traditions 360˚ – Volume 2

The second volume of Disappearing Malta brings to life more of the vanishing skills, crafts and talents of unknown men and women whose lives have played a vital part in the daily lives of our islands’ communities. Some were driven to providing an essential service over a number of decades in order to add to their family income. Others succeeded by discovering a talent that gave them a great deal of pleasure as they learned to produce impeccable work, while for others it was the particular exhilaration of understanding restoration, whether it was a priceless antique or a route bus that had already seen service as a military truck. Their skills are fast disappearing, overtaken by progress, machinery, changing lifestyles and the inevitable passage of years over which they have no control.

What the people interviewed in this second volume (and also in the first volume published in 2016) have in common is an extraordinary energy, a sense of family responsibility and even though for many their ages are advancing, a drive to succeed. When they started nothing was ever taken for granted; nor is it now. All the skilled men and women here are happily still presiding over a fading future. They are justifiably proud of what they have achieved and, more to the point, are still achieving. Each remains faithful to the past that gave them a financial reward, degree of satisfaction or pleasure. At work or as a hobby, their application and inherent ability gave special meaning to the discovering of skills that were driven in equal parts of need, a passion for success and the remembrance of a fast disappearing world.

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Published December 2017

Disappearing Malta Volume 2