Stephen James Smith Book Tour

  • Loco Klub
  • October 22
  • 19:00 - 19:00
Event Website

Hammer and Tongue Bristol are thrilled to partner with the Bristol Poetry Institute to bring you Stephen James Smith’s book tour with support from Sophie Dumont and Cian Murphy!

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 2.5 million 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 also recently performed as special guest for Eddie Vedder at Dublin’s 3Arena and alongside Ed Sheeran at The London Irish Centre,

Stephen has performed at high profile events and festivals such as the Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Theatre (Noble Call) and Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard and Colm Mac Ionmaire); and further afield at the London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards in LA, Glastonbury, George Town Literary Festival (ML) and other events in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Iowa, Montreal, Ottawa, Bangkok, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Utrecht, Ljubljana and Warsaw. In 2012 he was invited to perform for the Irish Olympic team in London.

Stephen’s debut collection of Poetry, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in September 2018.

Quotes about Stephen and his Works.

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

– Roddy Doyle

“New Irish Poetry Urgently Needed… Stephen James Smith answers the call!”

– Christy Moore

“Steve’s poems thrill me, don’t stop Steve. Steve don’t stop!

– Pat Ingoldsby

“Here are poems fuelled by the raw urgency of language leaping to meet the world.”

– Paula Meehan

“Stephen James Smith ignores trends or fashions and writes his own poems about his world in his own original and inimitable way.”

– Sarah Clancy

“In the midst of the toughness of his work, he also knows where to find the tender spot.”

– Gerard Smyth

“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.”

– Jinx Lennon

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