Upcoming Events 2018

Famished by Cherry SmythDecember 6th, Famished - SOLD OUT

Cherry Smyth will be performing Famished at Toynbee Studios

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: www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/4172.

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

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Tour Dates Famished 2019

Famished Tour UK & Ireland


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


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

Recent 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.

Tickets £5

Visit: www.derryplayhouse.co.uk//events/2.

cherry smyth royal literary fundPodcast 'Why I Write'

Cherry's podcast 'Why I Write' is available on the Royal Literary Fellowship's website.  You can listen to it here:


V&A&AStudio 1.1 V&A&A, curated by Andy Cohen

VANESSA JACKSON, ANNA BOGGON and AMANDA BENSON will be in conversation with CHERRY SMYTH at 4.30 pm on Sunday 25 March.

Studio 1.1
57a Redchurch Street
London E2 7DJ

Drinks at 5.30pm



Cherry is joining Irish authors Mary Dorcey, Jamie O Neill and Barry McCrea to discuss queer representation in Irish literature.

October 30th, 7.30-8.30pm
The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell St

£10/£5 unwaged/student

See: irishlitsoc.org/event/writing-gay-lives


Two long poetic sequences appeared in Blackbox Manifold, Issue 18.

You can read them here:


New Island Press Female LinesTwo new poems in Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland

Two new poems are published in the anthology Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland, New Island Press, co-edited by Linda Anderson and Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado, with a launch reading at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, November 1st, 6.30pm.

The Female Lines are out on 18th October and it is now available to pre-order on New Island's website here.

Copy PressNew essay 'Bystander' on Copy Press

Copy Press has published Cherry Smyth’s essay, ‘Bystander’, in response to The Easter Rising, 1916

You can download the essay here (PDF).

FourXFour Poetry JournalFour new poems published in 'FourXFour Poetry Journal'

Celebrating new work by Northern Irish poets, ‘FourXFour Poetry Journal’ (Issue 17, Autumn 2016, Edited by Colin Darke), showcases four of Cherry Smyth's new poems.

You can read them here (PDF).

PoetheadThree new poems by Cherry Smyth published on PoetHead

Cherry has three new poems published on PoetHead, one of the leading sites for women poets.
The three poems are Evensong, Where it Led You and Anniversary Poem

You can read them here.

Progressive Poetics

“Poetry makes nothing happen.” (W. H. Auden, 1939)
“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” (Theodor Adorno, 1949)

American poet, Harvey Hix, has been compiling a conversation on the purpose of poetry called 'Progressive Poetics'. The format is unique and intriguing. He has solicited 200 word strings  from a diverse range of poets who are asked to respond to an earlier statement of theirs about poetry's power or role. He asks 'What must or might be said now about poetry?'

See how Cherry Smyth and others poets like Charles Bernstein and Alicia Ostriker have responded at http://www.hlhix.com/inquire and leave a comment.

Copy PressPerformance at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday 13 December 2016 / 7pm / Great Hall, IMMA / €8 
Cherry Smyth performed at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, as part of Jaki Irvine’s installation ‘If the Ground Should Open’, a feminist commemoration of the Easter Rising.

Read Cherry Smyth’s poem and blog on the Irish Museum of Modern Art website:

Hatchards Bookstore: Cherry Smyth in conversation with Daniel Sutherland, "Whistler and his Muse"

Thursday, 26 June 2014

187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE

Join Whistler biographer Daniel E. Sutherland in conversation with novelist Cherry Smyth for an evening illuminating the artist’s life through some of his most well-known paintings, including those of his model and muse Joanna Hiffernan, the subject of Smyth’s debut novel Hold Still.

Tickets cost £8, redeemable against the purchase of the authors’ books on the night of the event, with a complimentary glass of wine.

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Discussion: The Real World: Art, Gender and the Media

Thursday 6 March, 7pm - 8.30pm

Is the work of female artists still undervalued by the media? How have artists used or challenged this within their work? This seminar will explore the impact that critical recognition may have on a career; open up a discussion around media, communication and representation; and explore some of the value systems at play in contemporary practice.
Rebecca Fortnum will be joined in conversation by Cherry Smyth, moderated by Orlagh Woods from Artquest.

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London Art Fair 2014, Islington

Talk & Tours - THE MUSE

Thu 16 Jan, 1pm-2pm

Exploring sexual politics, psychology and power relations, this discussion looks at the two way relationship between artist and muse and the role of women as muses throughout history. Chair Sue Steward, broadcaster and photography critic for the Evening Standard, is joined by Director Anthony Penrose, artist Sarah Pucill and novelist, poet and critic Cherry Smyth.

Limber: Spatial Painting Practices

Curated by Cherry Smyth and Jost Münster

Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury

September 13 - October 12
Private View: September 12, 6pm-9pm
Symposium: October 5

Grandes Galleries de L’Erba

Rouen, France
November 21- December 20, 2013


Jost Münster, Ian Bottle, Katie Bell, Simon Callery, Jim Lee, Irene van de Mheen, Elodie Seguin, Ian Pedigo, Audrey Reynolds and Guillermo Mora.

Nottingham Contemporary
Aquatopia: the Imaginary of the Ocean Deep

July 31st, 2013, 1-1.45pm

Cherry Smyth gives a talk about Aquatopia: the Imaginary of the Ocean Deep including work by Mikhail Karikis, Hannah Wilke, Ana Mendieta, Wangechi Mutu and Dorothy Cross. She will focus on themes of gender and sexuality in this expansive show.

ICA, London
Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on paper)

August 1st, 2013, 6.30pm

Cherry Smyth leads an interactive, gender-playful tour of Keep Your Timber Limber which includes the radical, taboo-busting work of the following artists: Judith Bernstein, Tom of Finland, George Grosz, Margaret Harrison, Mike Kuchar, Cary Kwok, Antonio Lopez and Marlene McCarty.

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Queer Britannia

June 30th, 2013, 7pm

A tour of highlights from Tate Britain’s collection displays with a lesbian, gay, bi or trans theme, in which Cherry Smyth and Michael Langan are invited to cast an eye over 500 years of British art throughout the newly rehung galleries

Talk at Tate Modern
Tour of Ellen Gallagher Exhibition

July 5th, 2013, 7pm

Cherry Smyth leads a unique tour around the UK’s first substantial solo exhibition of Ellen Gallagher:AxME. Gallagher’s varied practice draws from an eclectic range of sources, including literature, music, myth, black popular culture, science fiction and advertising. Tate presents the UK’s first substantial solo exhibition of her work showing key works as well as new work which will be show to the public for the first time.

Poetry Reading at John Hewitt Spring Literary Festival

Other writers include Sanfraz Manzoor, Ronan Bennett and Michael McKimm, May, 2013

Poetry Reading at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Also featuring Jo Hemmant, Alicia Stubbersfield, April, 2013

Past events

Poetry readings

Polari at the South Bank Centre, November, 2012
Farrago Poetry, London, June 22, 2012
The Three Mills Arts Centre, London, August 30, 2012
Gay's the Word Bookshop, London, October 4, 2012
Platform at the Poetry Café, November 10th, 2012


'Queer Poetry by Definition', essay published in Poetry Review (Winter, 2012) on Contemporary Queer Poetry.

Chair of events

Interview with artists Mikhail Karikis and Sonia Boyce on collaborative practice at InInva, June, 2013
Chair of discussion on Language and Politics with Caroline Bergvall and Monica Ross at the Refugee Weeks Arts Festival, 2011

Seminars, lectures, curation, editorship

Two series of seminars and tutorials, ‘Developing Critical Writing in the Visual Arts’, for Art Council Wales in 2012 and 2013.
Guest editor of Magma poetry magazine, 2012
Poetry editor of Brand Literary Magazine, 2006-2011.
Co-curator of Cross-Genre Texts Symposium at the London Literary Festival, South Bank Centre, July 2010
Paper ‘Notes on Imp: the imp as strategy in women’s poetry’ - given at Poetry and Voice Conference, Chichester University, June 2010
Paper on the work of Gerhard Richter, illustrated by the poetry of Paul Celan, at the National Portrait Gallery, March 2009.
Curatorial advisor for 'Axis' online showcase, Open Frequency in 2006.
Visiting critic at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2005.
Visiting critic at Braziers International Art Workshop, 2005
Visiting critic at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Castello, Spain, in 2005.