Tuesday, 22 January 2013


        The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary is a new not-for-profit prisoner support fundraising project 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 new edition of the Bottled Wasp is based around an individual theme, which for the 2013 edition of The Wasp is prisoner support and resistance. It features articles on Writing to Prisoners, Why You Should Sue the Police, No Comment plus all the usual diary features: monthly and yearly organisers, a menstrual calendar and extensive prisoner support links pages. With contributions from the Anarchist Black Cross, Legal Defence & Monitoring Group, Bent Bars Project, Green & Black Cross, Haven Books to Prisoners, Kate Sharpley Library and many more. The planned theme for the 2014 edition is 'Anarchism and the Arts', with 2015 slated for an anti-fascist themed one.
         The cover of the Bottled Wasp has been designed by Clifford Harper and the diary itself 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.
         The Wasp was launched at the London Anarchist Bookfair on October 27th at Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS and is currently available for the staggeringly reasonable price of £5 from a good bookshop near you.
       Please help spread the news and you can also publicise the Bottled Wasp by linking to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bottledwasp
      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
You can also contact us at: thebottledwasp@riseup.net

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  1. wasp? white anarcho saxon protestant?

  2. In America the term "wasp" can mean white anglo saxon protestant. That doesn't make it universal. Perhaps you could think of it referring to something that can sting being kept in a bottle!!