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The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary is a new 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.
Each year's diary focuses on a new area of radical politics and history: the 2013 Bottled Wasp featured an introduction to prisoner support and general prison-related history and issues; whereas the 2014 edition will cover the history of radical arts and artists, everyone from Jean Ajalbert to Michel Zimbacca, via the famous - Franz Kafka & Man Ray; and the more obscure, such as Bohuslav Brouk & Neno Vasco; to musicians and composers - Louis Andriessen & Sole; poets - Carmen Bruna & Renzo Novatore; novelist - Ba Jin & Octave Mirbeau; cartoonist - Nina Paley & Donald Rooum; painters - Toyen & Demetrio Urruchúa; sculptors - Enrico Baj & Jeff Nuttall; filmmakers - Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Ado Kyrou; even as far as the odd choreographer - Merce Cunningham.
The cover of the 2013 Bottled Wasp featured artwork courtesy of Clifford Harper, and for the cover art for next year's diary, we hope to have a little something from a well-known street artist who shall remain nameless for the moment.
Examples of this year's diary, which includes:
extensive listings of dates and illustrations of historical prison resistance and other non-prison related anarchist and class struggle events, large-scale demos and significant resistance activities;
long-term prisoners' birthdays (as part of the role of this issue of the diary is to increase the numbers of people actively supporting prisoners in addition to passively supporting them via purchase of the diary itself);
along with monthly feature articles on subjects ranging from Attica 1971 and Strangeways 1990 the Bombing of MOVE to Giuseppi Pinelli and Deaths in Custody;
can be seen below.
The 2014 edition of the Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary should be available from Active Distribution in September and we will keep prospective customers informed of any new developments.
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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
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