Adam Horovitz (poet)

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Adam Horovitz (born 1971) is a British poet. He is the son of the poets Michael Horovitz and Frances Horovitz.[1]


Born in London in 1971, he moved with his parents to Stroud, Gloucestershire, the same year.[2] He has been active as a poet since the 1990s[3] but has been writing since childhood.[4] He released his first pamphlet, Next Year in Jerusalem, in 2004[5] and a second, The Great Unlearning,[6] in 2009.

He was the poet in residence for Glastonbury Festival's official website in 2009[7] and was voted onto the Hospital Club 100[8] in 2010 as an emerging talent.[9] He was the poet in residence for the county of Herefordshire between 2015 and 2016 [10] and for the Pasture-fed Livestock Association from 2016 to 2017.[11]

His debut collection, Turning, was released by Headland in 2011.[12] He was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2012.[13] His second book, released by the History Press in June 2014 to coincide with the Laurie Lee centenary celebrations, was A Thousand Laurie Lees, which draws on memoir, myth and literature inspired by Cider with Rosie country.[14]

In 2015 he released an album of poetry and music, Little Metropolis, written in collaboration with Josef Reeve. It was originally commissioned as a show for the 2015 Stroud Fringe Festival.[15] Little Metropolis was shortlisted for the 2016 Saboteur Awards.[16] In 2018, his book The Soil Never Sleeps was published by Palewell Press, after a year-long residency on four Pasture-fed Livestock Association farms. A second, extended edition of the book was released in 2019, including a new section written after spending two seasons on two Exmoor farms.[17] In April 2020, he launched The Thunder Mutters, a poetry and music podcast celebrating the work of John Clare, with fiddle player Becky Dellow, with whom he has collaborated on shows since 2014.[18]

In 2021, a poem of his was included on the Cerys Matthews and Hidden Orchestra album We Come From the Sun, released on Decca, alongside nine other poets including Lemn Sissay, Imtiaz Dharker and Liz Berry.[19] His third collection of poetry, Love and Other Fairy Tales, was published in late 2021 by Indigo Dreams.[20]


  • Next Year in Jerusalem (Hoo-Hah, 2004)
  • The Great Unlearning (Hoo-Hah, 2009)
  • Turning (Headland, 2011)
  • A Thousand Laurie Lees (History Press, 2014)
  • Only the Flame Remains (Yew Tree, 2014)[21]
  • The Physic Garden (editor) (Palewell, 2017)[22]
  • The Soil Never Sleeps (Palewell, 2018 and second, extended edition 2019)
  • Love and Other Fairy Tales (Indigo Dreams, 2021)


  • Little Metropolis (2015)
  • We Come From the Sun (one track) (Decca, 2021)


  1. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". 8 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ Sam Taylor (15 October 1997). "Son gives rhyme and reason for poet's achievements – News". The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Between The Covers: 29/05/2011 – Features – Books". The Independent. UK. 29 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  5. ^ "The Jewish Quarterly". The Jewish Quarterly. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  6. ^ Tom Chivers (22 July 2010). "Hand + Star". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  7. ^ "News – Poems from our Poet in Residence". Glastonbury Festivals. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  8. ^ "THC100". Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  9. ^ Burrell, Ian (7 July 2010). "Introducing the rising stars of UK's creative industries – TV & Radio – Media". The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  10. ^ May, Philippa (20 June 2015). "Rare joining of place, poetry and people".
  11. ^ Horovitz, Adam (19 January 2018). "What can Michael Gove - and the rest of us - learn from a new poetry of the soil?".
  12. ^ Turning: Adam Horovitz: Books. ASIN 190209610X.
  13. ^ "Adam Horovitz". 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  14. ^ A Thousand Laurie Lees: The Centenary Celebration of a Man and a Valley. 2014. ASIN 0750953764.
  15. ^ Clarke, David (23 February 2016). "Little Metropolis by Adam Horovitz & Josef Reeve".
  16. ^ "Spotlight on the Best Collaborative Work Shortlist". 12 May 2016.
  17. ^ Airey, Matty (25 August 2019). "The Soil Never Sleeps: Stroud poet Adam Horovitz releases new edition".
  18. ^ "New poetry podcast from Adam Horovitz and Becky Dellow". 21 April 2020.
  19. ^ Spencer, Neil (2021). "Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra and 10 Poets: We Are from the Sun review – works a treat". The Observer.
  20. ^ Matty Airey (21 October 2021). "Stroud Poet Adam Horovitz explores love, and other fairy tales". The Stroud News and Journal. UK.
  21. ^ Airey, Matty (26 November 2014). "New poetry pamphlet by Adam Horovitz".
  22. ^ The Physic Garden: Poems inspired by healing plants. 2017. ASIN 0995535191.

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