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Cherry Smyth is a poet, novelist, critic and curator, born in Ireland, based in London.

Her debut novel Hold Still was published by Holland Park Press in October 2013. She recently co-curated Limber: Spatial Painting Practices at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, and Grandes Galleries de L’Erba, Rouen, France. Test, Orange, 2012, her latest poetry collection is available from Pindrop Press. Her previous collection One Wanted Thing is available from Lagan Press.

Cherry writes regularly for Art Monthly, Modern Painters and Art Review. She was a curatorial adviser for Axis online showcase, Open Frequency in 2006. She was guest editor of Magma Poetry Magazine, 2012, and was poetry editor of Brand Literary Magazine, 2006-2011.

Cherry has been teaching writing poetry in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Greenwich since 2004.

Cherry Smyth’s Hold Still

Hold Still

Hold Still, Cherry Smyth’s debut novel, was launched at the October Gallery in London on 7 November.


Hold Still is set in 1860s London and Paris, and is a fictional account of a short period in the life of Joanna Hiffernan, the muse and model of both James Whistler and Gustave Courbet.

Cherry Smyth has created an enthralling picture of what must have been an remarkable woman.

Hold Still is available from Holland Park Press:
http://hollandparkpress.co.uk/book_detail.php?book_id=35

Kindle edition available from Amazon here.

Paperback available from Waterstones here.






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Paul Celan