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.


Upcoming Events 2018

Famished by Cherry SmythDecember 6th, Famished

Cherry Smyth will be performing Famished at Toynbee Studios, London

Famished is a long, poetic sequence written by Cherry Smyth that explores the Irish Famine (1845-51) and the role of colonialism in causing the largest migration of the nineteenth century. Cherry has collaborated with Irish composer Ed Bennett and vocalist Lauren Kinsella to draw on the power of collective lament, using music and expanded singing.

Read more here: www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/4172.

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB London
7:30pm
Tickets £5


Tour Dates Famished 2019

Famished Tour UK & Ireland

London

Feb 7th, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Symposium 2.00-6.00pm, performance 7.00pm
March 7th, London Irish Centre, 7.30pm and Q&A TBC
March 25th, Café Oto, 8.30pm

Ireland

May 26th, 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 15th, Belfast Literature Festival, Crescent Arts Centre, time TBC

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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