Something Gozitan

Take a ride to the golden glow of Gozo in random nuggets.

41: Allura – The Trail approaches

Since the line-up for Allura – The Trail (3rd-4th Nov 2018) has been announced, I’ve been researching the artists whose work I’m most keen to see – no mean feat - and I’ve found myself entranced by three very different... Continue Reading →


40 ART: Meet Ed Roberts

Meet Gozitan artist Ed Roberts, whose work I love, ahead of Allura: The Trail about which I’m super-excited. I interviewed Ed to find out more about her and why she’s captivated by the floribunda of the Maltese islands.

Esther Lafferty's Inkwell

Ed Roberts paints flowers: not with the delicate watercolours of a botanical illustrator whose accurate lines capture every vein and structural perfection anonymously, instead presenting the flowers she chooses large-scale with lavish deep colours, fluid brush strokes and an astonishing abstract beauty.

A British-born artist who lives in Kercem, Gozo, Ed fell in love with the island after a six month stay and then decided to relocate permanently with her husband and daughter. She has now been in Malta for three years.

‘When I was small, I wasn’t sporty so my mum suggested I drew the flowers in the garden. I was the eldest of three children so I think it was mostly a way for my mum to keep me out from under her feet yet occupied safely,’ she laughs, ‘but look where it’s led me!’

‘Mum was a seamstress for the Royal Opera House in London, sketching figures…

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39. Karma Chameleon

I’m not the sort of person who revels in roadkill but you’ll see this blog post opens with a picture of a squashed creature. It’s because image-wise it is the best I can do without infringing the copyright of a... Continue Reading →

38. Keeping an eye on Gozo

Tucked away on the side of St George’s Basilica in Gozo’s Victoria I have just discovered a museum I must have walked past a hundred times before and never noticed and I feel apologetic that I haven’t been shouting about... Continue Reading →

37. Allura: judging The Trail

I have recently had the honour of being invited onto the selection panel for the new Maltese pop-up open studios event, Allura's The Trail, and it was an absolute pleasure to offer my support, to see a showcase of work... Continue Reading →

36. Gozo’s Goddess

I had lunch this week with the wonderful Dr Janina Ramirez, Course Director for History of Art at Oxford University and TV presenter for the BBC, whom I have known for a number of years now. She bursts with exuberant... Continue Reading →

35. Love in the Time of the Inquisition

A novel by Lou Drofenik (2017; Horizons) This modern novel is set in contemporary Malta where Maggie, an Australian woman with Maltese roots, finds herself in Lija unexpectedly and occupies herself piecing together a story from the past from a... Continue Reading →

34. Gozo’s pomskizillious Citadel

A couple of weeks ago we caught up with some good friends over a Cisk in Xerri’s*, watching the evening roll in over the sea to Comino, the twinkling lights of Malta beyond. One of these friends grew up on... Continue Reading →

33. Open Water Certification

The Mediterranean island of Gozo crams a huge amount of geological interest into its pocket-sized landmass from the smooth space-age rock formation on Marsalforn's western side, best viewed across ix-Xwejni bay and the age-old salt pans on the coast road,... Continue Reading →

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