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Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith, born in Dublin, is an Irish poet, writer, performer, playwright, and educator.

Their short poetry films have captivated millions, earning them the opportunity to perform alongside notable names like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Patti Smith, Shane MacGowan, Bono (U2), Imelda May, and Glen Hansard. With close to 1,000 gigs worldwide over the past 20 years in locations from Ballydehob to Bangkok, and significant performances at venues like Glastonbury, the Radio City Music Hall, New York, the Nuyorican Poetry Café, the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), and the Barbican and Palladium (London).

Stephen has demonstrated a commanding presence on the stage. As a recording artist, Stephen’s work has been lauded both nationally and internationally, leading to Stephen being dubbed “Dublin’s unofficial poet laureate.” His creations have been extensively published, translated into eight languages, and have received numerous awards and nominations.

Stephen also makes regular contributions to Irish TV and radio cultural programmes. Acknowledging that success is a blend of luck, hard work, and subjectivity, Stephen invites you to form your own opinions about their work.

“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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