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Stephen James Smith – Irish Performance Poet

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Starts 8pm



“Passionate, witty, just plain great; this man’s voice hops right off the page” Roddy Doyle

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1million views online. In 2017, he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival to write a new poem as a celebratory narrative of Ireland.

The resultant piece “My Ireland” is accompanied by a short film by Director Myles O’Reilly, arranged and mixed by Conor O’Brien (Villagers), with music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Loah, Saint Sister, Eithne Ní Chatháin (aka Inni-K) and Ye Vagabonds.

It has been viewed over 300,000 times online and was screened at London Film Festival in Trafalgar Square.

The poem was in many ways a follow on from Smith’s previous poetry video Dublin You Are, which itself clocked up in excess of 250k views.

Stephen recently performed as special guest for Eddie Vedder at Dublin’s 3Arena and alongside Ed Sheeran, Loah and many more at The London Irish Centre, Camden

He has just released a new video for his poem ‘#ThisCommunity’ which was commissioned by Gary Dunne and first performed at the London Irish Centre fund-raising event.

Poem by Stephen James Smith
Dedicated to Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh
Music by John Reynolds
Video by Design for Life and Eamon Nolan