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Poems for Pussy Riot: Print on demand book announced

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The cat is out the bag, it’s time Poems For Pussy Riot went to print.

English PEN are excited to announce the publication of Catechism as a print on demand book. 

Buy your copy here.

By coinciding the release with National Poetry Day, we hope that those who have participated in Catechism, and are enjoying reading it, will join us in acknowledging how protest poetry can be a powerful tool in raising the profile of those who are denied freedom of expression.

Many people have been asking for a print copy, and we’re happy to be able to now make this possible. It also gives people an element of choice, which again, can only serve the cause more efficiently.

With the new court hearing being adjourned until Wednesaday 10 October, it is vital that we maintain the level of energy behind the campaign and do whatever it takes to gain more coverage, more exposure and more understanding of Pussy Riot’s precarious situation.  

We hope that Yekaterina Samutsevich’s new legal team will endow the women with a better chance of liberty. Earlier last week, Samutsevich parted company with her lawyer Violetta Volkova, as she felt she did not share the same position, which would only serve to jeopardise her chances of sentence reduction.

Already we have heard that the women face being sent to separate penal colonies, where the threat of intimidation and violence await them. Now is the time to bring maximum exposure to their cause.

Through the medium of print, we hope that we can do this more effectively. It will bring Catechism to a new audience. Not everybody has either the access or the time to read an e-book or to print it off. This is a perfect opportunity to keep people talking about Pussy Riot, to make sure awareness and interest is maintained and generated.

Catechism: Poems For Pussy Riot costs £7.95 (+ P&P) with all profits going to the Pussy Riot Legal fund and the English PEN Writers at Risk Programme. (Enter the promotional code PLUMA to get 20% off your purchase – offer ends 5 October 2012)

Buy your copy here.

by Sarah Crewe

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