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Support Dan Simpson's spoken word show Artificial Ineloquence at the Edinburgh Fringe - in return for some fantastic poetry Rewards!
Support Dan Simpson's spoken word show Artificial Ineloquence at the Edinburgh Fringe - in return for some fantastic poetry Rewards!
18 backers pledged £822 to help bring this project to life.

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TARGET HIT! Stretch Goal: £950 for tech gear

This project has hit its original target, but as a stretch goal I want to make the show - and my craft - even better. If I hit £950, I'll be able to afford a micro-project, with which I can do awesome multimedia stuff at any gig, and seriously enhance Artificial Ineloquence

Who's Dan Simpson, and what's Artificial Ineloquence?

Hello! I'm Dan Simpson: poet, performer, and producer. I make poetry and spoken word stuff, and I have a new show to take to the Edinburgh Fringe. Artificial Ineloquence is a stand-up poetry show about the screens and machines that dominate our lives, and the (spoiler alert) inevitable A.I. takeover of the world. 

My stuff has been described as "charmingly geeky" by The Scotsman, and I make smart yet accessible work for nerds and non-nerds alike. I like to push the boundaries of poetry in performance, using props, projection, music, sound effects, voice, and theatricality to create an entertaining and inventive experience for the audience. 

Emoji Poetry - a piece from the show
Emoji Poetry - a piece from the show

Rewards & Add-Ons

A show at the Fringe: what do you get in return for putting money into a thing you might not see? In addition to the warm fuzzies you'll feel from knowing that you've helped a (super grateful) poet to achieve more than he can by himself, I will create something cool just for you. All the Rewards on offer to backers are based on the themes of the show - but are totally stand-alone too! 

A poem, a performance, being your personal poet-in-residence: take a look at the Rewards and pick something! And these pin badge designs are pretty awesome too. 

Pin badges - £25 or more gets you all 4!
Pin badges - £25 or more gets you all 4!

Add-Ons: an extra £10 on top of any Reward gets you a copy of my first poetry collection, Applied Mathematics.

Why the Fringe?

The Fringe is the biggest performing arts festival in the world, and I've worked hard to create a brilliant and stand-out show. The Fringe will take my work to a bigger audience - and to people working in the industry. I've taken three shows to the Fringe over the past three years - the last two based on my first poetry collection. I feel that it's time to push my creative practice and make something brand new and focussed. Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence is that show.

Why Kickstarter?

The show will be part of the Free Fringe, which means that audiences can see the show for free - which is an awesome thing. It does, however, mean I recoup no money from ticket sales - jus whatever people chuck in a bucket at the end of the show. Fringe costs - even for a free show - are prohibitively expensive.

I am putting up my own money made from my professional poetry work to make the show happen. I have a fantastic central venue at an ideal time of day (Banshee Labyrinth, 6.20pm) and experience of running sell-out shows to make sure this show is a success. 

However: the Fringe has 3,500 odd shows each year, and your contribution will massively help me: by going towards extra production costs to create a high quality show and the marketing needed to make me stand out further. With your support, I will be able to afford to pay for: a professional technician, extra support in booking a tour, and a flyerer to help spread the word about my show. Really valuable stuff! 

A picture haiku - I could create one just for you for £12!
A picture haiku - I could create one just for you for £12!

 

Risks and challenges

The Fringe is a huge challenge. Not only do I want to make a high quality and inventive show, but I also reach a large audience, book a tour, break even financially, and get positive press reviews. Kickstarter funding will allow me to spend more time and money on ensuring these targets are met.

A risk may be that I am unable to deliver Rewards. However, I have made a living as a poet for the past 6 years, and it's been my only source of income for the last 2 and a half of those. This is only possible if I am able to consistently deliver what I set out to achieve as a professional creative freelancer - an attitude I bring to all my professional work.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $17

    Than-ku Hai-ku

    Thank you for the support! I'll write you a picture haiku on any topic of your choice – tweeted to you, posted on your Facebook wall, or sent by email.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $36

    Badge of Honour

    4x pin badges from the show, plus your than-ku hai-ku hand-written and sent on a postcard!

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    Pledge £35 or more About $50

    A.I. Took Your Job!

    A piece of sci-fi speculative micro-fiction all about you - and how you lost your job in the A.I. takeover of the world. Sent by email.

    Plus 'Badge of Honour' reward.

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    Pledge £95 or more About $136

    An Eloquent Poem

    A longer commissioned poem on any subject of your choice – perfect for special occasions or to give as a gift! Sent as text and audio recording.

    Plus 'Badge of Honour' reward.

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    Pledge £175 or more About $251

    Show Time!

    The whole Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence show performed in your front room for you and your friends! Or: a poetry performance at your party, wedding, or other celebration - where guests can ask me to write haiku on-the-spot for them! Travel expenses to be covered if outside London / Kent.

    Plus 'An Eloquent Poem' rewards.

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    Pledge £325 or more About $467

    Personal Poet-in-Residence

    I will spend a day with you, writing and performing poetry whenever you like, on-demand. Seriously.

    Imagine going to a meeting and everyone being like “who’s that?” and you’ll be like “that’s my personal poet”, and then after the meeting sending the minutes round in verse.

    Or going on a date, clicking your fingers, and having a speed-poem written all about your romantic interest.

    You have a professional poet and performer at your service for the day: what do you want me to do?

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