First UK Tour of renowned Irish poet Stephen James Smith, taking in sixteen dates from 10th - 28th October 2018, preceded on September 27th by the UK launch of his debut poetry collection 'Fear Not' at the Embassy of Ireland in London. The tour will take in dates across England, Scotland and Wales – stopping in arts centres and music venues in Liverpool, Manchester, Bath, Exeter, Birmingham, Stammford, Shoreham, Glasgow, Llandudno and more. Smith will be accompanied by support artist Enda Reilly, an Irish contemporary folk musician with whom he has collaborated previously on the 2011 album Arise and Go!, selected by Hotpress magazine as one of the best albums of that year.
Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online. In 2017 Smith 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 & Ivor Novello Award Winner ), 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 on March 17th. The poem was in many ways a follow on from Smith’s previous poetry video Dublin You Are, which itself has clocked up in excess of 250k views.
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 luminaries such Oscar winner Glen Hansard, Shane McGowan, Roddy Doyle and Joseph O’Connor, Shane Koyzan); 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, Iowa, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Utrecht, Ljubljana and Warsaw. In 2012 he was invited to perform for the Irish Olympic team in London.