The Cheltenham Poetry Festival is hosting an anthology event presenting the work of Michael, Frances, and Adam Horovitz, concentrating on the poetry written during and about the ten years they lived in the Slad valley. This event will also highlight the deep-rooted interconnection that can be found within all three poets' work and writing styles.
Presented by Adam Horovitz and Jo Simpson.
Michael Horovitz was the poet behind the avant garde magazine New Departures, as well as poetry performance platforms Live New Departures and the Poetry Olympics. He was one of the performers at the 1965 International Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall. He published numerous books, including Growing Up, Wordsounds and Sightlines, A New Waste Land and Midsummer Morning Jog Log, a response to the Slad valley illustrated by Peter Blake.
Frances Horovitz was a poet, and a broadcaster and performer of others’ poetry, on stage and on BBC Radio 3. She published four collections of poems, including Water Over Stone and Snow Light, Water Light. Her Collected Poems, edited by her second husband Roger Garfitt, was released posthumously by Bloodaxe Books in 1985.
Adam Horovitz will be reading from his own books, Turning, The Soil Never Sleeps, A Thousand Laurie Lees and Love and Other Fairy Tales as well as from his father’s work. He will be joined by actor Flo Simpson, reading Frances’s poetry.
Flo Simpson moved to Bristol from Stroud in September 2021 to pursue an acting career. As a teenager, she took part in Jo Bousfield’s Barnstorm Youth Theatre, and appeared in Hexagon Theatre’s production of Pygmalion as Eliza Doolittle. After her A Levels she joined a Stroud-based theatre school to continue her acting training, completing Grades 4-8 of the LAMDA external exams, and appeared in several more Hexagon productions. She has recently been accepted into the Bristol School of Acting.