The Waking was published in the UK on

11 September 2017 by Wundor Editions.


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Poems from this collection have been/will be published in Acumen, Envoi, Poetry Salzburg Review and Orbis. They have been shortlisted for various national contests.


Published 15 October 2018 by Wundor Editions. Order now at Wundor Store.


‘A beautiful (and incredibly helpful) Tokyo travel guide – the first in their city guide series – manages to combine the feel and aesthetic of a high-end art magazine with literary travel writing, and a bevy of hyper-local tips.’


The Culture Trip

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


'Smith is a poet... not a single word is wasted – his prose is direct, intimate and immediate.'


The Book Bag

'The writing was mesmerizing and poetic, and the characters felt alive and had great depth to them... the atmosphere dragged you into a dark and mysterious world of half-forgotten memories.  I loved the feeling Imogen added to the novel, with her secretive and fleeting manner, and the fragmented way in which the story was told… As soon as I’d finished it, I wanted to start over and search the memories for more hidden clues and meanings. I wanted to know Isabel even better, and to experience the writing once more.'


Silke Wadskjaer Mølgaard

'Smith is a poet whose skills are smartly showcased in Isabel’s vivid childhood memories, brightly sketched word pictures around which he structures his novel… No slouch at suspense, Smith is adept at pulling the rug from under his reader’s feet… Overall, it’s a gripping narrative, a smart and pacy literary thriller which explores the indelible scars of loss.'


A Life In Books

'A rewarding collection of poems which range from vivid word-pictures evoked with a Japanese-inspired tonal delicacy through perceptively treated domestic scenes to often mysterious narratives of dreaming, memory and the recurring search for something beyond the physical realities and constraints of everyday life. An authentic voice... a capturing of people at a crossroads in their lives.'


Caroline Price

‘In his impressive debut collection, Matthew Smith takes us to places both familiar and unknown. From the Fukushima disaster to the intimacy of sleeping with a partner, he explores the public and the personal, with a keen awareness of the liminal.’


Michael Woods

'"Sea of the Edge" more than lived up to my expectations. A contrasting, curated collection, these poems take the reader through intimate recollections, across the seas to Japan, and from the modern day to times past. Varying in terms of style and length, each poem is distinct enough to ensure that the reader's interest is kept up throughout - every poem both different and surprising.'


The Page is Printed

‘A book that’s not only beautiful, but a guide that will inspire a generation of travellers to explore, rather than be led.’


Rachel Ramsay, Travel Documentary Producer, Channel 4

I created the city guide series. I edited and designed each guide, as well as contributing writing and photography.


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Cover images: Los Angeles – Ilona Szwarc; Tokyo – Go Itami; Mumbai – Nirvair Singh Rai

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