Hay Cartoneras exhibition will be on display during the Hay Festival at The Story of Books workshop at 20, Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye. There will also be two workshops and two talks, both free, drop-in events. Space is limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Cardboard Bookmaking Workshop

Ever wanted to make your own book but not been sure how? Self-publishing is easier than you might think! Using a technique developed in Argentina and now widespread across Latin America, University of Surrey researchers Dr Patrick O’Hare and Dr Lucy Bell will show you how, using nothing other than … cardboard!

In this cardboard book-making workshop, aimed at adults and children alike, participants will learn how to a bind a book using paper, thread, and cardboard, and will decorate their cardboard covers. They will each take home not just a book, but also the technique needed to reproduce the method at home, whether it is then applied to a book of recipes, a personal diary, or their literary scribbles.

Participants will be able to watch a short film produced by Lucy and Patrick about the delivery of cardboard booking workshops in schools in rural Zacatecas, Mexico, and will be able to touch, read and explore a colourful selection of Latin American cartonera books that are destined for permanent library collections in London and Cambridge.

Friday 1st June 1pm-4pm, and Saturday 2nd June 10am-12pm


Talk: Cardboard Publishing in Latin America

Dr Lucy Bell and Dr Patrick O’Hare, Hispanic Studies lecturer and Social Anthropologist at the University of Surrey, will give a talk about their collaborative research on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project ‘Precarious Publishing in Latin America: Relations, Meaning, and Community in Movement’.

The project focuses on Latin American editoriales cartoneras (cardboard publishers): a publishing movement which grew out of the Argentine economic crisis of 2001 but has now spread to countries as far apart as Mexico and Mozambique, but with a strong focus in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. Richly diverse, cardboard publishers have in common the use (and love) of cardboard, a commitment to making literature accessible, and an interest in both the artistic and literary potential of artisanal book-making.

Lucy and Patrick have been researching cartoneras in Mexico and Brazil, and in this short talk will provide background about this fascinating and multicoloured publishing phenomenon, the writers, publishers and artists involved in these countries, and the lines of enquiry and initial findings of their interdisciplinary research.