As Fabulous Books Fantastic Places draws to a close and the books are taken down from the shelves in the Greenfield Gallery in Newton Aycliffe, its been a pleasure reading back through some of the comments left by exhibitors and visitors to Fabulous Books Fantastic Places.
“Lovely fair – great range and quality of work – wanted to buy it all!”
“Fabulous event- we came across it completely by accident and super pleased we did”
“Very inspirational event, both to participate in and as a visitor.”
“Amazed at the creativity and ideas”
Exhibitors taking part traveled from far afield, including Nigeria, Miami, London, Glasgow and Wallsend!
“A very friendly, intimate book fair. I hope it becomes a regular feature (yearly? Biannual?) without loosing the feel” Marco Cali (AM Bruno)
“Perfect location & lovely visitors” Lucy May Schofield
“The place was amazing” Gloria Ceballos
“An enjoyable event, thanks for having us. We felt at home and very welcome” Sha Nazir
The next artist book related event hitting the North East will take place at Newcastle’s Lit & Phil. An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street represents over 200 handmade books made by artists and poets in response to the bombing.
50 books from the collection will be exhibited at the Lit & Phil between August 5th and 30th September 2013 and are available for viewers to pick up and explore. To accompany the exhibition of work at The Lit & Phil, Sheree Mack, Writer-in –Residence @The Lit & Phil will be leading a writing workshop 17th August 10-1pm 2013. I am a contributor to the Inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street, and will be leading a print and bookmaking workshop 24th August 10-1pm. This workshop will introduce participants to simple printmaking techniques incorporating text using traditional type and colourful textures.
On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
Throughout 2013-2014 the books will be exhibited simultaneously in USA, Europe & the Middle East. While on show at the Lit & Phil, the collection will also be exhibited at Center for Book Arts, New York City, in collaboration with Poets House, New York City – July 10 – September 14, 2013 and Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington – August 19 – October 31, 2013.
A complete set of all the books will be donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad.