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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 2017

To see inside the 2017 Bottled Wasp, left/right click on or scroll through the image below.

Now in its fifth 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 Rebel Women [previous editions have featured Insurrection, Revolt and Revolution; International Anti-Fascist Struggle; Radical Arts and Prisoner Support], covering a wide spectrum of women who have stood up against tyranny in its myriad of forms, and in support of themselves and their communities across the centuries. Amongst those covered in our monthly features are Marina Ginesta i Coloma, the mysterious woman in an iconic photograph from the Spanish Civil War; Lyudmila Mokievsky-Zubok, the only woman known to have commanded an armoured train during the post-revolutionary 'Civil War' struggle against the White insurgency in Russia; Germaine Berton, anti-fascist assassin and Surrealist icon; the Chinese revolutionary writer and dissident Ding Ling; Makhnovist commander Maria Grigorevna Nikiforova; the Mirabal sisters aka 'Las Mariposas', anti-dictatorship activists and martyrs in the Dominican Republic; the role of women in the Black Panther Party and pre-revolutionary Russian Empire; and US labour activist and soapbox radical Grace Silver. In addition, the cover of the Bottled Wasp this year features one of the most famous photographs of the Paris communard Louise Michel against a background mosaic of pictures of many of the women who grace the pages of the diary.

The cover price of the 2017 Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary, which is printed on unbleached paper and now comes with a stitched spine for extra durability, is £5.00 and copies can be purchased via Paypal (acc: thebottledwasp@riseup.net) for £6.00 (incl. postage and packing) in the UK [make sure that you specify that you are ordering the Bottled Wasp and, if you pay as a friend, we get all the money!]. Don't forget to include an address. For those of you seeking to purchase copies from abroad, email us at our contact address below and we'll get back to you with the postage cost for you order.

The 2017 Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary is again 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 further details.

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

Bottled Wasp 2015 cover

Covers from Previous Years

Bottled Wasp 2015 standard 'happy' cover
Bottled Wasp 2016 limited edition 'sad' cover

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.

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

Discounted copies of all the previous versions of Bottled Wasp are availble from our online store.