We’re in the process of booking an exciting comedy lineup for our 2018 Festival.   In the meantime, here’s a flavour of what we offered in 2016.


Geoff Alnutt – The Speech Painter

Geoff Allnutt

Our host, Geoff Allnutt, aka The Speech Painter, has been a performance poet since 1988. He has performed all over the UK from poetry clubs to music and literature festivals and is the winner of numerous poetry slams (including Glastonbury Festival).

His verse play, Walt Disney, Man or Mouse?, premiered at Apples & Snakes in 1994. Between 1995 and 1998 he was a founder-member of poetry’s first pop group, Atomic Lip, together with Patience Agbabi, Steve Tasane, Pink Sly and Joelle Taylor. He staged his first one man show, Beating Time, in 2000 and, in 2003, he was co-host and co-programmer for Pure Poetry at Soho Theatre, a weekly poetry cabaret show placing page poets and performance poets together on the same stage.

His film poem, This Time Next Year, was commissioned for Channel 4 in 2004 and he is also a regular support act for chanson singer Philip Jeays. 2011 saw Geoff commissioned to write and perform at a celebration in recognition of the poets and writers Alice and Wilfred Meynells and the centenary of their house purchase in Greatham, Sussex.

His 2016 book, The Twat in the Flat was published by Burning Eye Books and is the centre piece of his one man show, Bedtime with Geoffrey. An evening of poetic stories for errant adults.

2018 Poetry Acts will be added as soon as they are announced.


The 2018 Poetry Slam Competition pits local senior schools in a head to head battle to win the Haslemere Fringe Festival Poetry Cup.  Woolmer Hill, Bohunt and Rodborough all have competed against each other in the past and this year we hope to add some local independent schools too.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase not just creative writing, but also talented public speakers. The poetry, which is written and presented by each competitor is often of an outstanding quality and can evoke the audience by being extremely moving, controversial, topical and not least, very funny.


Andy Stedman

Comedy has been a central part of our diverse Festival since the first edition in 2012.   Andy SteadmanWe’re delighted to announce that Andy Stedman will be compering our 2018 event again.  An incredibly popular local comedian, singer/ songwriter, and much besides, Andy has a natural warmth that instantly connects with his audiences.

I don’t want to over-use the adjective ‘great’, but Andy was a great compere. He connected with the audience and wrote two songs for a couple who had been dating a week… Very very funny comic.” – Martin Mullaney, Comedy CV

2018 Comedy Acts will be added as soon as they are announced.

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