Ali Smith was born in Inverness and published her first book in 1995.
Ali Smith possesses the perfect characteristics of the short story writer: rigorous self-discipline in the planning process, an eagle eye for condensing detail, a capacity for using the personal and individual to suggest universal truths and a skill for hinting at a wider world beyond the story. Smith alternates her writing between short stories and novels.
British Council - Literature, © 2019
The judges of the Goldsmith Prize, when announcing her win with How to be both, noted:
'Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else.'
On our shelves:
- Artful [Adapted from four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University - Described as part fiction, part essay...]
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- Proquest eLibrary
- Charney, Noah, 2007, 'Al Smith. How I write', Daily Beast, 17 December
- Begley, Adam, 2006, 'Prize-winning British novel catches catalyst in action', Observer' 16 January
- Clark, Alex, 2005, 'Fresh light on Amber and Eve. The Telegraph, 29 May
Girl meets boy:
- 'Girl meets boy', Publisher's Weekly'.
- 'Matterson, Marie, 2014, 'What I loved: Girl meets boy', the myth of Iphis by Ali Smith', Readings, 11 June
How to be both:
- Day, Elizabeth, 2014, 'How to be both review - Ali Smith's dazzling dual-narrative novel, The Guardian, 7 September
- Flannery, Patrick, 2014, 'How to be both by Ali Smith, review - brimming with pain and joy. Ali Smith's latest work ... subtly but surely reinvents the novel,' The Telegraph, 14 October
There but for the:
- Lezard, Nicholas, 2012, 'The but for the by Ali Smith review. Ali Smith is a master of stylistic daring', The Guardian, 17 July
In this sequence of novels Smith seeks to explore 'what time is , how we experience it'.
- Kavenna, Joanna, 2016, 'Autumn by Ali Smith review - a beautiful transient symphony', The Guardian, 12 October
- Scholes, Lucy, 2016, 'One of the delights of her work is its down to earth realism', The Independent, 19 October
- Merritt, Stephanie, 2017, 'Winter by Ali Smith review - luminously beautiful', The Guardian, 5 November
- Papinchak, Robert Allen, 2018, 'Ali Smith's 'Winter' is a fine , intricate novel of friendship and life', The National Book Review
- McAlpin, Heller, 2019, 'Ali Smith's 'Spring' unfolds like a fern', NPR, 30 April
- Preston, Alex, 2019, 'Spring by Ali Smith review - luminous and generous', The Guardian, 19 March
- Hendrix, Jenny, 2013, 'The Brightest in the world: Ali Smith's Artful', The Los Angeles Review of Books, 23 January.
- Segal, Victoria, 2013, 'Artful by Ali Smith review. A fictional framework of grief and ghosts infuses these essays, originally given at Oxford in 2012, with blood warm intimacy', The Guardian, 9 November
- Kelleway, Kate, 2015, 'Public Library and other stories by Ali Smith review - passionate about the printed word', The Guardian, 3 November
- Wade, Francesca, 2015, 'Public library and other stories by Ali Smith. This story collection quietly lambasts the policymakers closing public libraries', Financial Times, 31 October.
The Story of Antigone
- 'The Story of Antigone by Ali Smith', 2016, The Guardian, 5 July
- British Council - Literature: Ali Smith
Other Ali Smith resources online:
- Smith, Ali 2018, 'Fiction is 'one of our ways to get to truths that are difficult to talk about', Edinburgh International Book Festival, 21st August
- Smith Ali, 2012, 'Style vs content? Novelists should approach their art with an eye to what the story asks.' Speaking at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, Ali Smith argues that it is the duty of both readers and writers to 'be as open as a book, and alive to the life in language' The Guardian, 19 August