New Bookmark by Cathey Webb


Read more about Cathey’s letterpress-printed bookmarks here. I had the pleasure of meeting Cathey  at the University of the West of England, Bristol, a few weeks ago when she had just finished printing them. She told me it was her first experience of two-colour printing.


Zaira Ahmed Zaka
Zaira Ahmed Zaka

You may have arrived here because you’ve found a bookmark with the words “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here”. Welcome to the informal community of writers and artists that is the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. Wherever you are, in your home, in your reading group, in your local cultural centre, library or book-store, wherever literature and ideas are valued, Al-Mutanabbi Street starts there.

To find out what the bookmark project is about, have a look at the “About” page. To see other bookmarks, click on “Bookmarks” and browse the various artists’ creations. If you’d like to make and contribute some bookmarks yourself, the “Guidelines” page is the place to start.

Finally, here are some useful links to the other branches of this project: broadsides, artists’ books, printmakers, music, readings and exhibitions.

Artists’ Book Project (An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street – Click into a gallery and then onto any book image to see more views of the book and read the artist’s statement.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides –

2014 reading at the Arab British Centre in London –

Review of our anthology in Jadaliyya, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

A musical piece that was composed for the project

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King Jr.

John Packer
John Packer