Ann Kennedy Smith

I’m a freelance writer based in Cambridge, with a special interest in biography. My articles and reviews have been published in The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement (including featuring on the TLS cover in January 2020, below), Slightly Foxed, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Dublin Review Of Books and the Journal of Victorian Culture – see the ‘Essays and Reviews’ section for more details.  

I studied French and German at Trinity College Dublin before moving to Queens’ College Cambridge to study for my Ph.D. on Baudelaire’s art criticism. I have worked as a dictionary editor at Cambridge University Press and as a freelance tutor, teaching literature and art history at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education. My monograph Painted Poetry: Colour in Baudelaire’s Art Criticism was published by Peter Lang in 2011, and I wrote about Tennyson’s poetry in France for The Reception of Alfred Tennyson in Europe published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

In 2015 I was awarded an M.A. with distinction in Creative Writing (Biography and Creative Nonfiction) from U.E.A., and my book proposal ‘Cambridge Wives’ was shortlisted for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize for best uncommissioned biography. I have given many lectures and talks about 19th-20th century Cambridge women, including at the University Library in December 2019 and for the excellent summer schools run by Literature Cambridge – the next one ‘Reading the 1920s’ takes place in July 2021.

June 2020

TLS Jan 2020