Cherry Smyth is a poet, novelist, art writer 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 teaches poetry in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Greenwich. She was a Royal Literary Fellow, 2014-2016.

Upcoming Events

50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Commemoration EventsOctober 6th, Reflections on 1968

Cherry Smyth will be reading from new work at the Playhouse, Derry at 7.00pm as part of the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Commemoration Events.

Others writers include: Medbh McGuckian, Jean Bleakney, Anne Devlin, Sheena Wilkinson, Wendy Erskine, Maureen Boyle and Moyra Donaldson.


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.

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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