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.


Tour Dates Famished, UK & Ireland, 2019

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#Famished

London

7 Feb 2019
Stephen Lawrence Gallery
University of Greenwich
Symposium 2.00-6.00pm, performance 7.00pm
> > > SOLD OUT
www.cherrysmyth.com/famished-symposium.htm


7 March 2019
London Irish Centre
50-52 Camden Square
London, NW1 9XB
7.30pm and Q&A
> > > BOOK HERE
www.londonirishcentre.org/Event/famished-by-cherry-smyth


25 March 2019
Café Oto
18-22 Ashwin street, Dalston
London E8 3DL
8.30pm
> > > BOOK HERE
www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/cherry-smyth-famished

Ireland

25 May 2019
Dublin Literary Festival

Smock Alley Theatre
Boy's School
6.00-7.30pm
http://ilfdublin.com/

28 May 2019
Skibbereen

Uilinn Arts Centre
> > > BOOK HERE
https://www.westcorkartscentre.com/

29 May 2019
Castletownbere

Sarah Walker Gallery
7-8.30pm
5 - Just show up!

30 May 2019
Limerick

St Mary's Cathedral,
6.00-7.30pm, Q&A

Northern Ireland

13 June 2019
Derry

Playhouse Theatre
8.00pm
https://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/

14 June 2019
Portstewart

Flowerfield Arts Centre
7.00pm
https://www.flowerfield.org/

16 June 2019
Belfast Literature Festival

Crescent Arts Centre
6.00pm
> > > BOOK HERE
https://belfastbookfestival.com/

Other Upcoming Events 2019

7 May 2019
Four Voices

Cherry will be reading from the new collection Famished with three other poets: Dino Mahoney, Jane McLaughlin and Colin Pink.
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10, 8NN
7.30pm
FREE

4 July 2019
Women in Music

Composer Laura Snowden has set Cherry's poem 'Evensong' to music for the Chandos Chamber Choir who are performing a programme of all female composers, including Hildegaard von Bingen and Judith Weir.
St Pancras Church, Euston
7.30-9.00pm


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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