26 January 2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street book collection

You can see all the books submitted to the Al-Mutanabbi Street project at bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htm - which lists the exhibition venues, in the UK and elsewhere.

Thumbnails on the three gallery pages can be clicked to show details of the books and to get the description and further information about each one. (I chose this screenshot because, ahem, my book is in it...top right ...)

Each is worth a closer look.

The background to the project is at al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com, and that site has a lot more information but doesn't yet include the artists who submitted their books in December.

With the sixth anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad's literary and intellectual centre (in which 130 people were killed or injured) coming up - 5th March - some of us in London are trying to arrange a poetry reading and small display of the books. Arranging this is certainly a learning curve! Readings elsewhere in previous years can be seen here.

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