"...the event was simultaneously informative, funny, heart-warming and energising."
The speakers were Prof Chris French, the comedian and bestselling author Dave Gorman, the journalist Nick Cohen, Dr Evan Harris MP, Prof Brian Cox, and Simon himself.
Dave Gorman has now written Chiro-Bullies, a great article about the evening and about what the British Chiropractic Association SHOULD be doing about the claims made in their now (seemingly) withdrawn Happy Families leaflet instead of suing Simon Singh for criticising it.
Nick Cohen has blogged about the evening here saying the "judge and I think the chiropractic association did not take account of the growth of science activism. Writers and scientists are furious at the attempt by the law to restrict debate, and a net-roots campaign for freedom of speech is building nicely".
Video highlights see here - many thanks to Michael Story for making this.
Twitter commentary: #singhbca
Graham Lawton of the New Scientist also attended and is emphatic in his concern about English libel law and its effect on science writing.
Another good review is at the New Humanist.
The following messages of support were read out:
Joint statement of Phil Plait and James Randi
"We at the JREF support Simon in his quest for justice. It's clear from his writing that his intent was not to claim that the BCA knowingly commits acts of fraud, but that the BCA is nonetheless incorrect in their claims of the efficacy of chiropractic.
“Simon is, of course, correct. Furthermore, the ruling, as it stands, would produce a chilling effect on the ability of journalists to question the claims of anyone, including pseudoscientists.
"Whatever path Simon chooses over this issue, the JREF will be there, and to the best of our ability we'll have his back."
Professor Richard Wiseman
"England’s strict libel laws can deter individuals from speaking out against bad science, even when they have strong evidence for their argument. Simon's campaign deserves the support of everyone who cares about fighting pseudoscience, and I wish it every success."
Dave Morris of the McLibel 2
[We] “should all be opposed to aspects of English libel law which unfairly protect public or corporate bodies from public scrutiny and fair criticism, especially around health and scientific issues."
Dr Ben Goldacre of Bad Science
“Ideas and practises improve when they are criticised, and that’s important, because medicine always has the potential to do great harm.
"Sadly the alternative medicine community has shown itself to be utterly intolerant of criticism: they refuse to disclose their university teaching materials, their university exams are closely guarded secrets, and rather than embracing and engaging with critics, they sue them, silence them, smear them, or stifle them.
"Brothers and sisters in nerdiness, we stand together!”
Many thanks for everyone who came along, and also to those who sent their best wishes.
(Particular thanks for helping making the event possible to Chris, Norman Hansen, Nick Pullar, Imran Khan, Gia Milinovich, and Padraig Reidy of Index on Censorship. And a great thank you to all the Penderel's Oak staff.)