The 5 March 2015 marks the eighth anniversary of the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street,
the street of booksellers and book culture in Baghdad since the eighth century.
30 people were killed, 100 wounded and countless numbers of books destroyed or burned.
This year we can also remember the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and the recent burning and destruction of books in Mosul in Iraq.
Events and readings have been scheduled in different countries to remember this event by the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here members.
This year an event will take place at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, organised by artist Peter Annand who also participated in the artists books and printmaking sections of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project.
A Soiree, including recitation of Arabic texts, music and readings from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here anthology will take place at 5 pm on 17th March in the UQ Library Conference Room.
An installation of boats made from bookmarks and called Passages, relating to the Australian experience of refugees, has been installed today in the foyer area of the University of Queensland Library. These books have been made by a number of participating artists, and there will be workshops in the Library on Sunday 8 March and Friday 20 March from 2 - 5 pm, where anyone interested can make a boat that will be added to the installation.
My boat, made from a combination of my own handmade ink bookmarks and found library bookmarks is contained in a book and opens out to display.
David Symons and Peter Annand did a great job hanging my book in the installation and I decided to call it 'The Magic Carpet'.