Stephen James Smith
'+ Maya de Freitas
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.
In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patricks festival to write a new poem as a Celebratory Narrative of Ireland. The resultant piece My Ireland is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.
In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddys day. The poem entitled Bring it Home chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!
Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.
Stephen facilitates poetry workshops in schools around Ireland and is artist in residence with Dunamaise arts centre & Laois arts office. His poetry is included on the syllabus at Western Connecticut State University and his work has been translated into multiple languages. His debut collection Fear Not is published by Arlen House and will be launched on 14 June 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.
‘Passionate, witty, just plain great; this mans voice hops right off the page.’
‘New Irish Poetry Urgently Needed… Stephen James Smith answers the call!’
‘Steves poems thrill me, dont stop Steve. Steve dont stop!’
‘Here are poems fuelled by the raw urgency of language leaping to meet the world.’
‘Stephen James Smith ignores trends or fashions and writes his own poems about his world in his own original and inimitable way.’
‘In the midst of the toughness of his work, he also knows where to find the tender spot.’
‘His poems are crafted with care, with great skill, and most importantly, with love. Donal Ryan He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual birds and bees, whey and cheese nonsense you find at poetry readings.’