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The Anarchist Black Cross was originated in Tsarist Russia to organise aid for political prisoners. In the late 1960s the organisation resurfaced in Britain, where it first worked to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance fighting the dictator Franco's police. Now it has expanded and groups are found in many countries around the world. We support anarchist and other class struggle prisoners, fund-raise on behalf of prisoners in need of funds for legal cases or otherwise, and organise demonstrations of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and other prisoners.

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Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary 2016

To see inside the 2016 Bottled Wasp, left/right click on or scroll through the image below.

Now in its fourth year of production, the Bottled Wasp is much more than just another diary. On every page it features choice nuggets of radical history coupled with tasteful quarter tone illustrations. This year’s theme is Insurrection, Revolt and revolution [previous editions featured International Anti-Fascist Struggle, Radical Arts and Prisoner Support], covering the whole gamut of the history of political insurrection, revolt and revolution across the centuries, with special features on events as far afield as Argentina (Patagonia Rebelde) and China (Wuhan Incident ) or The Year of European Revolutions - 1848 - and the 1975 Portuguese Golpe de 25 de Novembro, taking in along the way the appearance of the first Red Flag as a revolutionary symbol (the Merthyr Rising in 1831), the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, the Walloon Jacquerie, the various French Communes, the Mexican Revolution, the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and the 1944 Dekemvriana in Greece, via visits to Macedonia, Korea, Chile, China and Australia.

In addition, for the 2016 Bottled Wasp we have two different covers: the standard 'happy' cover is Diego Rivera’s ‘The History of Mexico’ murals, from 1935 as seen in the Palacio Nacional de Mexico, and there is a limited edition 'sad' cover featuring Maximilien Luce’s ‘A Street in Paris in May 1871’ depicting the fall of the Paris Commune. Both retail for the same price of £5.00 and are available to ABC and other prisoner support groups at a special discount so that they can directly fundraise for their own campaigning activities. Contact us at: the bottledwasp@riseup.net for details.

You can download a printable double-sided A5 flier for next year's Bottled Wasp here.

Bottled Wasp 2015 standard 'happy' cover
Bottled Wasp 2016 limited edition 'sad' cover
Standard 'Happy' Cover
Limited Edition 'Sad' Cover

Covers from Previous Years

Bottled Wasp 2015 cover

Bottled Wasp 2013 cover
Bottled Wasp 2014 cover


The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary is a not-for-profit prisoner support fundraising project that was officially launched by Brighton Anarchist Black Cross and associates at the 2012 London Anarchist Bookfair. Our plan is to create a long-term stable income for prisoner support activities, delivering a publishing template that can be used by a hopefully independent self-sustaining collective that will go on to produce the diary in future years.

This stylish new radical European counterpart to the U.S.-centric Slingshot Diary focuses on a new area of radical politics and history each year: the 2013 Bottled Wasp featured an introduction to prisoner support and general prison-related history and issues; the 2014 edition covered the history of radical arts and artists, focusing on the importance of anarchist and libertarian thought on the Arts, revealing its lesser known and hidden histories in the areas of the plastics arts, music, literature, photography, film, dance, etc.; whilst the 2015 diary featured the International Anti-Fascist Struggle, covering the entire history of the fight against ultra-nationalism, fascism in its myriad of forms and Nazism around the world.

If you like what you see, then why not pass the word on about the Bottled Wasp to anyone else who you think might appreciate our work and be interested in stocking or buying copies in future.


If you wish to make a donation to the Bottled Wasp project and to the work that the Anarchist Black Cross network and other prisoner support groups do, then here are our bank account details:

The Bottled Wasp
Co-operative Bank
Sort code: 08-92-99
Acc. No.: 65601648
IBAN: GB 35 CPBK 08929965601648

You can also contact us at: thebottledwasp@riseup.net

...which is also the link to our Paypal account.