Senate House Library and the British Library are hosting the first ever London Cartonera Book Festival this September in partnership with four leading cartonera (‘cardboard’) publishers from Mexico and Brazil. The festival will consist of a series of cartonera book-making workshops over four days from 17 to 20 September 2019.

Cartoneras are a community publishing initiative that emerged in Latin America in the early years of the 21st century. They take their name from the waste-pickers who supplied and still supply discarded cardboard (cartón in Spanish) for the creation of unique hand-made and hand-painted books. Working at the intersection between literary production, artistic practice and community action, there are more than 250 cartonera publishers throughout Latin America and beyond.

Each workshop will be a hands-on event, providing a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the cartonera publishing movement in Latin America, and to walk away with your own copy of a cartonera book – and you will also have the chance to win your very own ‘cartonera kit’! The workshops will explore different facets of cartonera arts-based activism, which relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Examples from Senate House Library’s own cartonera collection will be on display during the events.

The workshops will be coordinated by Dr Lucy Bell (University of Surrey), Dr Alex Flynn (University of Durham) and Dr Patrick O’Hare (Manchester University), who have been working with these publishers over the past three years on their collaborative Cartonera Publishing project. Senate House Library is one of the project partners in this collaboration and will host three of four workshops. The fourth workshop will be held at The British Library.

All materials for the workshops as well as tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

See Senate House Library webpage for further details

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