A. C. H. Smith

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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 theatre experiment 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]

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]

At Cambridge, edited the literary magazine delta, and was Arts Editor of Varsity, the student newspaper. Co-editor of Universities' Poetry (anthologies). 1960–63, with Tom Stoppard edited an Arts Page in the Western Daily Press. Has also reported cricket for The Times, reviewed theatre for The Guardian, and written features for The Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, New Society, The Listener, London Magazine, et al.


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

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