A. C. H. Smith
|A C H Smith|
A C H Smith (portrait by Stephen Morris)
31 October 1935|
Kew, United Kingdom
|Education||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
Anthony Charles Hockley Smith (born Anthony Charles Smith in 1935) 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.
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).
- The Crowd (1965) ASIN: B0006BWG2S
- Zero Summer (1971) ISBN 0-413-44630-1
- Treatment (1976) ISBN 0-297-77073-X
- Sebastian the Navigator (1985) ISBN 0-297-78722-5
- The Dangerous Memoir of Citizen Sade, (2000) ISBN 1-85135-033-0. 2012 Kindle version also available.
- Edward and Mrs. Simpson (British TV series) (1978) ISBN 0-297-77516-2
- The Dark Crystal (movie) (1982) ISBN 0-03-062436-3
- Wagner (movie) (in German and Italian, 1983) ISBN 3-453-01837-0. English-language edition (2012) ISBN 978-1-85135-035-3.
- Lady Jane (movie) (1985) ISBN 0-03-006168-7
- Labyrinth (movie) (1986) ISBN 0-03-007322-7
- Orghast at Persepolis: An account of the experiment in theatre directed by Peter Brook and written by Ted Hughes (1972) ISBN 0-413-28830-7 and (1973) ISBN 0-670-52835-8
- Paper voices: The popular press and social change, 1935–1965 (with Elizabeth Immirzi and Trevor Blackwell) (1975) ISBN 0-7011-2062-2
- Dickens of London (biography, ghosted for Wolf Mankowitz)(1976) ISBN 0-297-77159-0
- Poems, selected with a foreword by Tom Stoppard (2009) ISBN 978-0-9560222-3-3
- WordSmith, a memoir (2012). ISBN 978-1-908326-20-1
- 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
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
- 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.
- Contributed essay The Art of Friendship to Derek Balmer: A Singular Vision (Sansom & Co, 2012).
- "A. C. H. Smith official website". Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "A. C. H. Smith: A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center". Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. University of Texas. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "The Theatre Archive Project – interviews – Anthony (A.C.H.) Smith (page 1)". British Library. Retrieved 15 January 2016.