Poet, lyricist, and columnist Matt Harvey, who has been a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 since 2001 when he co-wrote and co-starred in One Night Stanza, has been announced as the Poetry Headliner for the 2022 Haslemere Fringe Festival, which takes place on Lion Green over the weekend of Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July.

Matt also served seven years as regular poet on Saturday Live, hosted two series of The Wondermentalist Cabaret and wrote and performed the adventures of superhero Empath Man.  He was first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” the New Yorker) and has been commissioned by – among others – the Science Museum, the Open University and the Energy Ombudsman.

Performing all over the country and appearing frequently on TV, Matt enjoyed success during lockdown when his Hi Corona Virus poem went viral and Can You Hear Me? his collaboration with composer Thomas Hewitt Jones, reached no. 1 in the Classical Charts. Most recently Praise the Whale was a big hit at COP26, inspiring world leaders to reassess their core values!  For more information about the Fringe Festival go to www.haslemerefringe.co.uk



Haslemere Fringe Festival is a volunteer-led event supported by local schools, youth clubs and local businesses.

Held on Lion Green in the town the event celebrates music, comedy, dance and poetry, including promoting local musicians and other local artistic talent. With over 50 live bands and a wide variety of entertainment, Haslemere Fringe provides something for all audiences, including families.

The Festival Village, hosts stalls from a wide variety of local traders, artisans and craft workers as well as providing a delicious range of hot and cold food from local suppliers. In addition, and as you would expect, there are a number of bars serving everything from local gin and craft beers to coffee.


Haslemere Fringe is proud to support The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as the official charity partner for the event. The Hospice offers care for patients in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. To find out more visit: pth.org.uk

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