Ian Horn, ‘the footy poet’ was born in County Durham, and has performed at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival, the Glastonbury Festival, Wychwood Festival, Hexham Book Festival, Tubingen Book Festival (Germany) and Lake Orta lit Fest in Italy, as well as at venues in France, Portugal, Holland, Ireland and Hungary.
He was writer-in-residence at the Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool during Euro 96 and worked for the British Council in Portugal during Euro 2004. Other footballing commissions include a poem for The Death of Football series on BBC Radio 5 and a poem for Danish TV with the English Premiership and Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
As a genuine troubadour of the beautiful game he has appeared in over 60 Schools and Colleges throughout Britain.
In 2000 he was awarded a Northern Promise Award from the literary development agency New Writing North.
His poem based on the Thomas MM Hemy’s painting of Sunderland playing Aston Villa has been translated into an artist book as part of a joint collaboration with printmaker Theresa Easton.