To imprison a woman is an extreme act. Most women are imprisoned for minor crimes – it is their lives not their actions that on hinge on extremeties.* All prison sentences are political but when a woman is sentenced for her political beliefs she is openly and anti – democratically denied the right to freedom of speech. As writers it is our duty to defend this our most precious gift. I urge you therefore please download your copy of Poems for Pussy Riot and donate however small to the cause.

PEN ‘are delighted to announce the publication of CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT, edited by Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe & Sophie Mayer…The book is distributed on the ‘Pay What You Think It’s Worth’ model popularized by Radiohead and others.all revenue will go to the Pussy Riot Legal fund, and the English PEN Writers at Risk Programme

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* I spent twenty five years working inside a women’s prison HMP Low Newton – Durham