Available now!

Our new titles are now available from the Active Distribution shop. The limited edition of hardback versions of Machine and its Discontents, the Fredy Perlman Anthology  is there as is Lisa Fannen’s Faultline poetry book. Brian Heagney’s ABC’s of Anarchy is finally available in Europe and not printed by Amazon!

1st December 2018 FIJUK Stall

This Saturday we will be doing a small Active Publishing stall at the FIJUK event in Zagreb. Here is the google translate explanation of the event;

After a year’s break, the NGO network antifascist Zagreb again organized Zing ZG – day fair DIY publications, Zagreb variant Belgrade Zing shops, popular events that takes place in the neighborhood for years. In agreement with Belgrade comrades, MAZ is in spring 2017 prompted Zagreb to whistling, and after the first, the spring, and the second, autumn Zing ZG, now for the new autumn, Zing ZG # 3 for 2018, with the idea that whistling at we get a rhythm of 3 to 4 fairs a year. The new home of Fijuka ZG (after successful cooperation with the Greta Gallery) is Green Action (Frankopanska 1), where the event will be held on Saturday, December 1st. from 12 to 20 h, followed by evening performance and socializing with appropriate refreshments.

28th November 2018 Twit

Not sure how long it will last, it took me about 8 months to make the first tweet but we now have an Active Distribution Publishing Twitter Account!

Now isn’t that exciting!

13th October 2018 Forthcoming titles!

We are pleased to announce the titles of our forthcoming print run which is happening next week and these books should be available in the UK by the first week of November all being well! The ABC of Anarchy is a child friendly alphabetical break down of what anarchism is all about. It has an American slant, the author Brian Heagney lives in North Carolina so thats excusable! This edition is the first European version and a proper offset litho print using recycled paper. We will be donating 50p from each copy sold to Rebel City the London anarchist free magazine.

In a break with Active’s anti esoteric tradition (?) we are publishing a book of poetry! Lisa Fannen author of the formidable Threads book launches her spoken word career with Faultline. She will be touring in November but if you are unable to catch her… buy the book. “Faultline is a breath of fresh air in a crowded Poetry scene”

Half of Faultline's cover!
Half of Faultline’s cover!


Next we have a long overdue anthology of Fredy Perlman work co-published with Theory and Practice. This collection includes the best and most relevant of Perlman’s work and came with the blessing of and indeed help from Lorraine Perlman. Titled “The Machine and its Discontents” the book includes most of the essays that have for some time only been available as pamphlets.

Fredy Perlman's Anthology


We are also reprinting our two “best selling” Chomsky pocket pamphlets, “Notes on Anarchism“, and “On Anarchism, Marxism and Hope for the Future” . Another 500 copies of “No! Against Adult Supremacy are also being printed this time on recycled paper, along with a thousand more copies of our version of Bakunin’s God and the State.  Slowing down? Moi? Jamais!

12th Oct 2018 Pallets arrived!

As of last week the three pallets of newly printed Active books arrived at our Sunderland base. Please start ordering copies of the 2019 Bottled Wasp Diary  and the other new titles mentioned below from Active Distribution. If you are outside the UK and interested in bulk orders feel free to get in contact with me direct too. jon(at)activedistribution.org

18th Sept 2018 Backwoods!

We have copied the first issue of the Backwoods journal from the US for European distribution. Described by its editors as “Backwoods has a focus on trying to live according to anti-civilization values here and now, with a suggested praxis of “desertion, autarky, and reinhabitation” – that is, withdrawing from civilization materially and psychically as much as is practical and possible” it is intentionally challenging. If there is enough interest we will publish issue two when it arrives.

Backwoods 1


6th Sept 2018 Forthcoming titles!

The Bottled Wasp 2019 ABC benefit diary (image below) is at the printers along with our fourth reprint of Another Dinner is Possible and the first European pressing of Peter Gelderloos’ How Non Violence Protects The State. We have joined up with Detritus Books in the U.S. for this publication, which means in this case we have used their layout and artwork for this new edition and just added our name to it!  Next years Bottled Wasp diary – probably the last – has Anarchists as its theme. We also launch the beginning of a major new collaboration with Dog Section Press starting the Great Anarchists pamphlet series. The first two of these A6 pamphlets is Peter Kropotkin often called the Grandaddy of Anarchism he gets to be Great Anarchist Number 1! Voltairine de Cleyre is the subject of pamphlet number 2 in the series and will be followed by most of the usual suspects later. The short introductory texts are written by Ruth Kinna and the cover art is by Clifford Harper. Finally we have published an academic text titled “The ‘Punk Anarchism’ of Class War and Crimethinc”, which is an A5 pamphlet analysing the differing currents within anarchist punk.

BW 2019

3rd Aug 2018

Currently winging their way across Europe to our Northern warehouse are reprints of several of our titles. These include:  Threads, The Russian Counterrevolution, Eat Like it Matters, Fuck NeoLiberalism and our co-publish with Dog Section Press  Advertising Shits in Your Head. They have all been reprinted at a new printers so expect slightly differing specs and colours. And both Threads and The Russian Counterrevolution have been “corrected”  and slightly altered just to compel all you collectors out there to buy second versions!



Active is moving and changing.

After 28 years of being based in Hackney, London, Active Distribution is moving to Bristol. It will now be run by a co-operative of 4 or 5 comrades. This might lead to all kind of improvements! Active will also now have an “open” office in central Bristol from where one can collect orders.

As of the 15th February 2018 I (Jon) will not be sending out any more orders. As of the 12th of February all mail and deliveries for Active should be sent to Active Distribution, Exchange, 72 – 73 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ . Active Bristol should be up and running and sending out orders from the weekend o the 24th Feb.

Emails for Active Distribution should be sent to info@activedistribution.org from the 15th onwards, but don’t worry all communication to me (Jon) that relates to Active will be forwarded to the Bristol crew.

I will be trying to agree account balances with all suppliers and customers before handing over but thats rather ambitious. The Active bank accounts and Paypal accounts will continue unchanged. But please note the Bristol crew includes a very competent accounts person so dealing with Active might be a little different from now on.

I started doing an anarchist distribution in 1986 and named it Active in 1989 when I linked up with a record distro and opened a squat bookshop in Hackney, now I’m leaving the UK. I will continue to publish books and pamphlets as Active but not be involved in the running of the distribution.

Thank you for you help and support over the years.



For the last 7 or 8 years we have been talking with Antisect about how to release their next LP. They originally asked if we would be interested and we said yes. It seemed we could do a different style release with lots of comment and politics involved and more interestingly we intended to release it for a “Pay what you want” price. Antisect spent years working on the LP and have now decided to sign to a “proper label” and “reach a wider audience” etc. Heard that before? We wish them luck.

As mentioned below we are slowly divesting ourselves of most of the “punk rock” associations with Active.  (The CD’s are all about to go on sale! ) This included a cull of most of our punk badges a few weeks ago and we are now replacing them with some of the designs we never got around to putting on the website. Check out our 25mm button Badges still home made by Marta and designed – or stolen- by Jon!  (30/12/16)