All the fun of the fete


We’re limbering up for some world championship welly-wanging and marking our cards for the ferret racing in anticipation of this weekend’s main event – the innocent village fete.

Fuelled by yummy crushed fruit we’ll be hosting The Village Voice stage and we’ve curated a simply sensational line-up of the very best live theatre, performance poetry, comedy, book readings and word-related interactive frolics for the whole family.

We’ve bagged the hottest young rhyme-spitting performance poets and commissioned brand new plays from champion quill wielding playwrights. We’ve got authors discussing their books and actors reading from their favourite novels. There’s comedy, and music, and puppetry, and storytelling, and an abundance of literary related shenanigans that will have everyone from 9 – 90 reading, writing and rhyming. Oh, and there’s smoothies too. Yeah!

Here are some of the highlights…


The Village Voice kicks off at midday with the peeps from National Year of Reading leading book and comic making. One of the UK’s leading puppetry companies Blind Summit present their amazing show The Cleaner, followed by actors Rory Kinnear and Corin Redgrave reading extracts from their favourite novels. World Slam champion Kat Francois delivers mind-blowing firebrand poetics before Duncan Macmillan’s beautiful play Sleeve Notes is performed by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Fourth Estate author Joshua Blackburn will speak about his work before a very special performance of Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking by actress Anne Kavanagh. Lonely Planet author Frances Linzee Gordon talks about travelling in Ethiopia followed by the World Premiere of Kill Joy - a specially commissioned play from Gary Owen, performed by Joanne Howarth. Inveterate letter writer Tom Sutton will have you rolling in the hay bales with his complaint letters to major corporations and the laughs will keep on coming with our very special headline act Murray Lachlan Young – stand-up poet, satirist and the first poet to sign a million pound recording contract. Master illustrator Rob Scotton takes to the stage to with tales from his new book Splash The Cat and Lonely Planet’s Joe Bindloss gives tips on travelling Europe on the cheap. Our grand finale comes courtesy of razor sharp rhymers Chris Hicks and Ross Sutherland  from Poetry Boyband Aisle16 whose poetry jam promises fast-paced verbal jousting.


We kick off super Sunday with children’s author Leander Deeny reading from his novel Hazel’s Phantasmagoria, which has attracted glowing comparisons to Lewis Carroll. There’s another chance to see Anne Kavanagh perform Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking before Young Storyteller of the Year Rachel Rose Reid takes to the stage. Inua Ellams performs his spellbinding brand of urban poetics and Fourth Estate’s Natalie Abi-Ezzi reads from her work. Fresh from supporting Kate Nash on tour comes one of the brightest new stars of the spoken word scene in Dockers MC, promising 'flo-etry' that makes your brain tap its feet, and a colourful dress. Next up is the ever thrilling Drywrite, presenting brand new plays by anonymous writers with an interactive twist. Trobadour Gavin Osborn’s beautiful and hilarious story songs about Charlie Brown and growing up in Luton will fill the tent with lyrics before Joe Bindloss speaks about his experiences travelling in India for Lonely Planet. There’s a chance for you to have your say on anything you like in Speaker’s Corner before Fourth Estate’s Gautam Malkani reads from his acclaimed novel Londonistani and Lonely Planet’s Frances Linzee Gordon speaks about how to travel on the cheap during the credit crunch. Our grand finale promises verbal fireworks from Aisle16’s Chris Hicks and Ross Sutherland in a poetry face-off to rival the rumble in the jungle.

Wow wee. What a line-up. There are still a few tickets available from Innocent's website so if you haven't already got yours get one quick. And if you have, see you at the Vilage Voice tent, smoothie in hand.