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Poet and Spoken Word Artist Stephen James Smith Comes to the Alley Theatre

16 November 2018

Spoken word artist and poet Stephen James Smith is coming to the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Wednesday 21st November as part of his ‘My Ireland Tour’.  Launching his highly anticipated collection of poetic works in a new book ‘Fear Not’ , Stephen is only touring around 29 venues in the whole of Ireland with the Alley Theatre being one of them.  Stephen will be joined on the night by special guest musician Enda Reilly.

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. 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 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 Paddy’s 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 most recently performed on ‘The Late Late Show’ where he performed ‘This is the Community’

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.

Tickets are £12 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com