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

She is currently working on Famished, a project that explores the Irish Famine and how imperialism helped cause the largest refugee crisis of the 19th century. She collaborates with composer Ed Bennett and vocalist Lauren Kinsella to draw on the power of collective lament, using poetry, music and expanded singing. Read more...

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, was published by Lagan Press (copies available from the author).

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 teaches poetry in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Greenwich. She was a Royal Literary Fellow, 2014-2016.

Upcoming Events 2019

Tour Dates Famished 2019

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Famished Tour UK & Ireland


7 Feb 2019
Stephen Lawrence Gallery
University of Greenwich
Symposium 2.00-6.00pm, performance 7.00pm

7 March 2019
London Irish Centre
50-52 Camden Square
London, NW1 9XB
7.30pm and Q&A

25 March 2019
Café Oto
18-22 Ashwin street, Dalston
London E8 3DL


May 25th, Dublin Literary Festival, time and venue TBC
May 28th, Uilinn Arts Centre, Skibbereen, time TBC
May 29th, Heritage Centre, Bere Island, Beara, West Cork, time TBC
May 30th, Limerick City Arts Gallery, 6.00-7.30pm, Q&A

Northern Ireland

June 13th, Playhouse Theatre, Derry, 8.00pm
June 14th, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, time TBC
June 16th, Belfast Literature Festival, Crescent Arts Centre, 6.00pm

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  • Hold Still

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