I believe that books free our minds and imaginations and by doing so lead to a more educated, open-minded, and tolerant society. It is for this reason that I wanted to contribute to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. I see this as a project about books, about what they stand for, about the printed word and the need for and opportunity of education it allows, and about having access to books to enable learning and discovery.
On my bookmark I’ve repeatedly used the letter ‘L’ to represent books towering up on book shelves, as though rebuilding the towers of books lost on the street. The idea was to also to phonetically link the letter ‘L’, representing books, with the ‘Al’ of Al-Mutanabbi Street.
The bookmark was letterpress printed at UWE, Bristol in March 2018 on the same day as a reading event for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here was held (http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/news/#al-mutM
I am placing my bookmarks in public libraries, amongst the books of the local supermarket’s book exchanges, and those of local cafes, in the meeting rooms of the offices where I work, and I suspect I’ll be handing a few to people I know or meet along the way.
It’s a wonderful project.