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I predict a Pussy Riot

22 November 12 words: James Walker
A bit of Slap and Sickle in support of them Russian girls who sing out of tune.

 

Pussy Riot are a Russian feminist punk-rock collective who are famous for staging unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations which are later edited into music videos and posted on the Internet. On February 21, 2012, Pussy Riot, clad in their signature balaclavas, entered a priests-only section of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and began miming what would later become 'Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!' 
 
Their one-minute performance would see Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, imprisoned for two years for the crime of ‘hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred’. Their trial (they were repeatedly denied bail) and sentencing has created outrage, particularly in the West, where it has been adopted by human rights groups such as Amnesty International and PEN, who launched a Poems for Pussy Riot anthology in support of the girls, the proceeds from which go to the Pussy Riot Legal Fund and English PEN’s Writers at Risk Programme.
 
On 21 November, PEN (coordinated by Wayne Burrows) teamed up with the Nottingham Writers’ Studio at their spoken word event Word of Mouth to raise awareness of writers whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk. James Walker, our Literature Editor, wrote and produced ‘Slap and Sickle’ for the event, where he imagined what Arthur Seaton, the hero of Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), would have to say about the ‘daft girls who look like Zig and Zag and sound like a spade being dragged across cement.’ 
 
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