The al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here coalition has been described as a literary bridge to Baghdad.
The project marks the bombing in 2007 of al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad. The street of cafes, book sellers and stationers. A cultural quarter for over 500 years. The project consists of nearly 260 artist’s books made by contributors from around the world in a response to the devastating destruction of lives by the car bombing. One hundred and thirty people were killed and maimed as a result of the bombing. The al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project is very close to receiving 260 books, twice the number of people killed and maimed. The project needs 15 more books to reach the target of 260. Sarah Bodman, UWE has created a link with further details for anyone else wanting to get involved. The project will be arriving at the Lit & Phil in August 2013 when a series of events and projects will accompany the exhibition, more details to follow shortly.