Cherry Smyth is a poet, fiction writer and art critic. She has been appointed a Royal Literary Fellow for 2014.
She has published three poetry collections, When the Lights Go Up, (Lagan Press, 2001), One Wanted Thing (Lagan Press, 2006) and Test, Orange, (Pindrop Press, 2012).
The Irish Times wrote: ‘Here is clarity and realism, couched in language that is accessible and inventive. The title poem, nominated for the Forward Best Poem of the Year 2004, carries all Smyth’s hallmarks: precision, linguistic inventiveness and joy.’
Cherry’s work was selected for Best of Irish Poetry, 2008, Southword Editions and The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets, Salmon Press, 2009 and her work won prizes in the National Poetry Competition and the Cardiff Poetry Prize.
She is the former Poetry Editor of Brand Literary Magazine and was Guest Editor of Magma Poetry Magazine, Winter 2012.
Cherry’s debut novel, Hold Still, about the imagined life of 19th century muse and model, Joanna Hiffernan, was published by Holland Park Press in November 2013.
‘Smyth is a meticulous writer and clearly chose each word precisely. Her debut novel is replete with colour, texture, depth, sunsets and heartbreak (professional and personal). Smyth brings Jo Hiffernan to life in a sensitive and skillful portrait.
Cherry has also had short fiction published in the Anchor Book of New Irish Writing, 2000 and in Scéalta: Short Stories by Irish Women, Telegram Books edited by Rebecca O’Connor.