Dr Ann Kennedy Smith

I’m a freelance author and researcher based in Cambridge, with a special interest in biography. My articles and book reviews have been published in the Guardian, the TLS (including featuring on the cover twice (see January 2020 cover below), Slightly Foxed, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Dublin Review Of Books and the Journal of Victorian Culture – there are more details in my blog’s ‘Essays and Reviews’ section.  

I studied French and German at Trinity College Dublin before moving to Queens’ College Cambridge for my Ph.D. I have worked in publishing as a dictionary editor and as a literature tutor 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 my chapter on Tennyson was published in The Reception of Alfred Tennyson in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2017).

I was awarded an M.A. with distinction in Creative Writing (Biography and Creative Nonfiction) from U.E.A. in 2015, and my book proposal was shortlisted for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize 2015. I have given lectures and talks about 19th-20th century Cambridge women, including at the University Library in December 2019 and for Literature Cambridge – the next summer school ‘Reading the 1920s’ takes place in 2022.

June 2020

TLS Jan 2020