A. C. H. Smith

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A C H Smith
A C H Smith (portrait by Stephen Morris)
Born Anthony Charles Smith
(1935-10-31) 31 October 1935 (age 82)
Kew, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Occupation Novelist, playwright

Anthony Charles Hockley Smith (born Anthony Charles Smith in 1935)[1] is a British novelist and playwright from Kew. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages. On starting his writing career, to distinguish himself from other writers of the same name he added the initial 'H', representing his grandmother's maiden name, Hockley.[2]

Since 1960 his home has been in Bristol. From 1965–69 he was Senior Research Associate at Richard Hoggart’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University, and he has held visiting posts at the Universities of Bristol, Bournemouth, and Texas (Austin). From 1964–73 he did literary work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later some for the National Theatre.

In 1971 Peter Brook invited him to Iran for three months to write a book about the Orghast project that Brook and Ted Hughes were undertaking. He was a director of the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 1978, 1979, and 1999. He has two daughters, Imogen and Sophie, and a son, Oliver Smith (cricketer).






Stories and poems for BBC radio, Transatlantic Review, The Listener, et al.

Selected plays[edit]

  • Albert’s Bridge Extended (co-written with Tom Stoppard), Edinburgh Festival (1978)
  • Master of Letters, The Playwrights Company at the New Vic, Bristol (1979)
  • God's Wonderful Railway, Bristol Old Vic (1985)
  • Pericles (reconstruction of Shakespeare’s), Theater Emory, Atlanta (1987); Show of Strength Theatre Company, Bristol (1990)
  • Up The Feeder, Down The Mouth, Bristol Old Vic (1997, 2001). Text published 2001 ISBN 1-85135-040-3; illustrated edition, 2012, ISBN 978-1-908326-12-6
  • Albert’s Bridge – the Musical (composer David Lyon), Shaftesbury Community Theatre (1999)
  • The Redcliffe Hermit, Head Heart + 2 Fingers, Bristol (2005). Text published 2005, ISBN 1-85135-060-8
  • Doctor Love (Molière-based musical, composer David Lyon, Tobacco Factory, Bristol (2008)
  • Walking The Chains, The Passenger Shed, Bristol (2015)

And a dozen shorter plays.

TV and cinema[edit]

With wife, subject of John Boorman’s 6-part BBC docudrama The Newcomers (1964). Wrote and presented about 200 arts programmes and documentaries for HTV and BBC. Six plays televised. Three screenplays.

Editing and journalism[edit]


  1. ^ "A. C. H. Smith". Retrieved 9 Oct 2014. 
  2. ^ "A. C. H. Smith". Retrieved 9 Oct 2014. 

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