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Event 5: Vogon Poetry Slam 2012 – Friday 24th of May at the Hackney Attic

The 25th of May is known as Towel Day or Geek Pride Day. To celebrate geekiness and weapons-grade-terrible poetry, we will be jumping the gun very slightly and will host our 3rd annual Vogon Poetry Slam at the lovely Hackney Attic on Friday the 24th to hail in Towel Day.

It’s an open mic slam – sign up on the night. There are two categories: nerdcore and so-bad-it’s-good. There will be prizes. There will be hoopy froods. There will be an unnecessarily bureaucratic voting system. Be there, be square and have a whale of a time.

We also have the Wonderful Dan Simpson headlining with wonderful geeky poems about Pacman, mathematics & more. (Preview here.)

Check out videos of previous Vogon slams on YouTube.

Facebook event here

Flyer for the Vogon Poetry Slam. Featuring a Vogon Alien and the Whippersnapper Press logo

Hackney Picturehouse
270 Mare Street
London E8 1HE

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Event 4: Vogon Poetry Slam 2012 – 25th of May at the Hackney Attic

The 25th of May is Douglas Adams’ birthday. Known as Towel Day or Geek Pride Day. To celebrate geekiness and weapons-grade-terrible poetry, and after the storming success of last year, we will be running our 2nd annual Vogon Poetry Slam.

You can book your ticket now. Resistance is useless!

Vogon Poetry Slam Flyer
Background: It’s all from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Vogons write poetry which is widely considered to be the third worst in the galaxy.

We will be at the lovely Hackney Attic:
Hackney Picturehouse
270 Mare Street
London E8 1HE

It’s an open mic slam – sign up on the night. There are two categories: nerdcore and so-bad-it’s-good. There will be prizes. There will be hoopy froods. There will be an unnecessarily bureaucratic voting system. Be there, be square and have a whale of a time.

Doors 7:30.
Admission £5, or £3 if you come in costume or have your towel with you.
Facebook event here.

To get your horrible, horrible, plurdled, foonting juices flowing why not use the BBC’s Vogon Poetry Generator, and check out last year’s winner:

Victor of the Vogon Poetry Slam (and proud winner of the coveted bowl of petunias) Cat Mariner reads some helpful poetry to express her displeasure to her colleagues. “I think of it as non-offensive, they say it’s passive-aggressive”:

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Event 3: Whippersnappers at the Miller Thursday 1st of March

We will have an evening of short, sharp, snappy spoken word at the Miller Pub by London Bridge (same lovely venue as the Vogon Poetry Slam). 96 Snowfields, London SE1 3SS.

The acts:
UK Slam Champion and regular on BBC and Irish radio The Racker Donnelly. This guy’s supported Dara O’Briain and the Chieftans. You will kick yourself for not knowing his stuff earlier.
and
Richard Marsh – the writer and performer of a 5-star Edinburgh show Skittles and all-round-lovely-chap. We have been trying to book him since our very first event and we’ve finally got him! (Don’t let him get away – bring your butterfly nets.)

There will be a small number of open mic slots available. First come, first served.

Doors 7:30, kick-off at 8:00.

Follow the Facebook event for more details.

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Event 2: Vogon Poetry Slam Wednesday 25th of May

We will be hosting a Vogon Poetry Slam for Towel Day/Geek Pride Day 2011 (Wednesday May 25th) at the Miller Pub by London Bridge. Doors 7:30, kick-off at 8:00.

There will be two categories:

  • Nerdcore – poetry on a scientific/geeky/nerdy subject
  • So-Bad-It’s-Good – rubbish rhymes, angsty subjects, etc.

 

There will also be:

  • The most bureaucratic voting system we can devise
  • Pan-galactic gargle blasters to drink
  • Judges writhing in agony
  • Some damn snazzy costumes

 

£5 on the door (£3 if you’re in costume or have your towel with you)

Use this handy Vogon Poetry Generator to get the ball rolling if you’re not sure what a Vogon poem looks like.

When we tried it out, we got this result (read it and weep):

Vogon Poem Demo
See, see the wry sky
Marvel at its big sweatstained depths.
Tell me, Anil do you
Wonder why the chiuaua ignores you?
Why its foobly stare
makes you feel regretful.
I can tell you, it is
Worried by your gorange facial growth
That looks like
A humous.
What’s more, it knows
Your mastication potting shed
Smells of an absinthe fairy.
Everything under the big wry sky
Asks why, why do you even bother?
You only charm my feets.

On the So-Bad-It’s-Good front, we’re especially fond of this example of bad poetry becoming comedy gold.

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Audience reaction shot: horror and delight

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Event 1: The Whippersnapper Press Launch Party, Saturday the 12th of February, 2011

(Scroll past the flyer for a roundup of the night.)

What can we say, folks? It was fabulous. The place was packed, the audience were lovely, the acts were slick, smart, funny, poignant and extremely diverse: we had poetry, prose, and police reports.

This operation runs on strawberry laces and goodwill, so massive thanks to everyone who helped by performing, designing flyers, doing sound, manning the door, recording it for posterity, and all kinds of other errands. We made enough on the door to pay for a year’s hosting, and – best of all – a lot of people got a lot of enjoyment out of brilliant writing.

We were spoilt rotten with the calibre of the acts – both booked and some amazing open mic slots. If you’re having difficulty remembering who did what (it was an absolutely packed bill), or if you missed it, here’s a round-up of the performers we had – and further links should you wish to look up more of their stuff:

Part 1: Booked acts

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