Our #HayCartoneras 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 on the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. Richly diverse, the 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.

Dr Lucy Bell and Dr Patrick O’Hare, (Hispanic Studies lecturer and Social Anthropologist at the University of Surrey), led workshops and presentations about the cardboard publishing movement at The Story of Books during the Hay Festival in 2018. At the time, Lucy and Patrick were working collaborative research on a Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project, ‘Precarious Publishing in Latin America: Relations, Meaning, and Community in Movement’.

The Story of Books has since run drop-in workshops at our HQ in Hay, and at taken the workshops to local fairs. Local artists who participated in the workshops at The Story of Books have also been inspired to make cardboard books in their artistic and teaching practice.

We are developing the Hay Cartoneras and launching two exciting new projects during 2020.

Dr Patrick O’Hare
How to make a cartonera book
Cartoneras mini-documentary