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 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. She has been appointed a Royal Literary Fellow, 2014-2016.


Reading at Stoke Newington Bookshop

Hold StillMon 9 Feb, 8pm
Stoke Newington Bookshop
159 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 ONY

Cherry will be reading from her novel Hold Still.

The reading will be followed by a discussion with novelist, Sue Gee and a Q&A.
All welcome.


Order Hold Still Online

  • Order Hold Still paperback from Holland Park Press here.
  • Get Hold Still Kindle edition from Amazon here.
  • Order Hold Still paperback from Waterstones here.




Audio Poem 'Transparency', read by Cherry Smyth

Audio Poem 'The Road Side', read by Cherry Smyth




'Poems are a gift to the attentive'

Paul Celan