The book was launched in London, 15 September.


Norbert’s memoir, To Heal the World,  is now available as an e-book at Red Shelf.


November, Norbert Hirschhorn gives a reading to Mill City Commons, a neighborhood association in Minneapolis.


October 1, 2020, the virtual launch of Once Upon a Time in Aleppo (see Poetry page).


November Awarded a commendation in the Stephen Spender Prize competition for translation of ‘The King’, a poem in Arabic by Fouad M. Fouad.


January 10 Saison Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall, sponsored by Holland Park Press on the theme of ‘Immigration’, 8pm to 9:30.

April 21 Medicine and Poetry seminar (all day), Warwick University, Coventry

April 26 Holland Park Press is delighted to announce the publication of Stone. Bread. Salt. a new poetry collection by Norbert Hirschhorn.

May 25 ‘Fourth Friday’, 8pm, Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX

June 11 Cornelia Street Café, New York City (Greenwich Village), 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, USA. – 6pm.

June 24 Torriano Meeting House,  99 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2RX – 7.30pm,



July 15 Reading at the South Downs Poetry Festival, in Petersfield.

November I’m happy to announce the publication next April of my new collection, ‘Stone. Bread. Salt.’ –  The details are here..

December 6 aunch of ‘The Hippocrates Book of the Heart.’ 6-8 pm at The Medical Society of London,
11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London, W1G 9EB.


May 17 Featured reader at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX, a fund-raiser for South Bank Poetry.

March  4 Featured reader at Ware Poets, Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware, SG12 7ED.

Sept  18 Poems from To Sing Away the Darkest Days. Poems Re-Imagined from Yiddish Folksongs, accompanied by Cantor Stephen Leas and Yiddish folksinger Arjang Byron.
Central Synagogue (36 Hallam St, London) – 7pm.

Sept  24 With others, presenting a One-Minute Monologue.
Lancaster Library, Lancaster – 3pm. First Place winner.

Oct 11 From To Sing Away the Darkest Days. Poems Re-Imagined from Yiddish Folksongs.
Toddington Poetry Society at Hightown Arts and Recreation Centre, Luton. Reading – 7pm.

Oct 15 Dannie Abse tribute readings, along with other poets.
Pentameter Theatre, Hampstead, London – 5pm.

Nov 6 Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, participant in readings by Torriano Workshop Poets. – 2pm.



December I am one 60 readers in the Poem-a-Thon to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, on 5 December 2015.

August My poem, ‘Syria 2015’ was published in the anthology ‘Poems for a Liminal Age’, in support of Medecins Sans Frontieres. SPM Publication

Summer A poem, ‘Shmita’, published in The Jewish Quarterly (UK):  The Jewish Quarterly

April , ‘Highly Commended’ in the Torriano Poetry Competition (UK):  Norbert Hirschhorn | Martyn Crucefix

            ‘Commended’ in the Hippocrates Prize Competition (UK): 2015 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Commendations | Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine | Donald RJ Singer



Reading tour in the USA, from my recent collection, ‘To Sing Away the Darkest Days’

March 30, Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley, California, in concert with my singing sister, Linda Hirschhorn — http://www.afikomen.com/News.aspx

April 6, Temple Israel, Duluth, Minnesota

April 9, Haverford College Yiddish Culture Festival, Haverford, Pennsylvania — http://www.haverford.edu/ycf/

April 16, Corneila Street Café, Greenwich Village, New York City — http://corneliastreetcafe.com/downstairs/Performances.asp?sdate=4/16/2014&from_cal=0




Third Prize, Essex Poetry Festival http://www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk/compa.htm and Commended poem, The Poetry Kit (‘Bound Up in the Bond of Life’).

June 11 Book Launch – London Jewish Cultural Centre. To Sing Away The Darkest Days – Poems Re-Imagined From Yiddish Folksongs by Norbert Hirschhorn

Hirschhorn’s fourth collection of poems, ‘To Sing Away the Darkest Days. Poems Re-imagined from Yiddish Folksongs’ will be published this spring or early summer by Holland Park Press (UK). See the details at http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk

March 14 (2pm) Featured reader, poems from my new collection, at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, North End Road, Golders Green.

April 14 (7.30pm) Featured reader at the Sunday Edition, a jazz-poetry combination, at Dugdale Theatre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS.

April 18 (6pm) Featured reader at Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA.



November 14 Launch of ‘Monastery of the Moon, London, Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW.

October 11 Launch of ‘Monastery of the Moon,’ Beirut.

September 20 Featured reader Cornelia Street Café (New York).

April 27   Featured reader Poetry Café (London) Fourth Friday.

April 2012  ‘Caliph of Córdoba’ commended in Society of Medical Writers (UK) competition.

March     First Prize, Society of Medical Writers (UK), ‘Song for Cynthia’.



November 2011  ‘Vilhelm Hammershøi: Interiors’ short-listed for the Bridport Prize (UK).

October 10th   (Monday – 7.30pm) The Wolf launches issue 25  at The Poetry Studio. 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London (upstairs from the Poetry Cafe). Readers on the night include: Marilyn Hacker, Norbert Hirschhorn, Nathan Hamilton & Carol Watts.

April 16   (Saturday – 5:00-6:45pm) King’s Poets launch of its website. Waterstone’s Gower Street, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ.

April 14  (Thursday – 7:30-9:30pm) Highgate Poets launch of Kites Anthology. Big Green Bookshop Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

April  8  (Friday, 6.30 pm)  Poetry reading at Grove House, 44 Iffley Turn, Oxford OX44DU  (see www.grovehouse.info for directions).



September  Won first prize in The Poetry Kit Competition http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2010.htm.

June  Won first prize for the poem ‘On Reaching Three Score and Ten’ sponsored by the Society of Medical Writers, UK.

March 4 (Thursday) Guest poet in Washington DC at the home of Cornelia Dodge (by invitation).

March 8 (Monday) Assistant editor for Magma 46, to be launched at The Troubadour Cafe

February Featured poet in ‘Caught in the Net’.

February 5 Guest poet at Ware Poets, Hertfordshire.



Winter: Assistant Editor, Magma Poetry, Issue 46, 43 Keslake Road, London NW6 6DH. The theme is hunger, and the deadline for submissions is October 31.

September 11 (Friday) 7:30 pm: Poetry reader, launch of London Poetry, Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.

August 30 (Friday) 7:30 pm: Featured reader, Torriano Meeting House, Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX.

August 11 (Tuesday): Awarded third prize in the prestigious UK Frogmore Papers Poetry Competition for the poem ‘Notes from Inside a Snow Globe.’

July 31 (Friday) 7:30 pm: Featured reader at The Isis Tavern, The Towing Path, Iffley Lock, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4E. Meet at Liz Taylor’s house, 12 Church Way, Iffley, Oxford OX4 4DY, 7pm for a 7.30 – 7.45 pm start in the pub.

July 25 (Saturday) 7:30 pm: Featured reader, The Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Stret, London, WC2H 9BX.

July 15 (Friday) 7:30 pm: Poetry reader, launch of South Bank Poetry Issue #4 at Poetry Café 22 Betterton Stret, London, WC2H 9BX.   June 11 (Thursday) 7:00 pm: Featured reader at Angel Poetry, Waterstone’s Booksellers, 11 Islington Green, London N1 2XH.

June 6 (Saturday) 7:30 pm: Featured reader at Salisbury House, Bury Street West, Edmonton, London N9 9LA.   ___________________________________________________________


November 1 (Saturday) 7:30 pm: Poetry reading at West End Lane Books, 277 West End Lane, London NW6 1QS.

October: Winner of Merit Award for the poem ‘Quinque Lineae Amoris’ in the Nottingham Poetry Society 2008 Open Competition.

October: Commendation for the poem ‘Earth’s Hum’ in the The Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse.

October 15 (Wednesday) 7 pm: London launch of Mourning in the Presence of a Corpse, along with a launch of This One is for You by poet Agnes Meadows. The twin launches will take place at L’Osteria 57, 57 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8PP. Food and drink will be available.

September 22 (Monday) 8 pm: Poetry reading at The Troubadour Café, 265 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW5 9JA.

September 11 (Thursday) 7 pm: Poetry reading at Angel Poetry, Borders Books, N1 Centre, 26 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 0PS.