The West Cork Literary Festival runs from 12 – 19 July and welcomes a star-studded cast of writers to Bantry, Co Cork. This year’s line-up includes Graham Norton, Mary Robinson, Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, Kit de Waal, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Anne Carson, Stephen James Smith, Patrick Gale and Tracey Thorn.
5 day workshops are at the heart of the festival and the incredible Stephen James Smith will be facilitating a free workshop for teens on Saturday 13 July 2019 – check it out here and sign up fast!
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 Aviva to write a poem to highlight the final Six Nations rugby match between England and Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. The poem entitled ‘Bring it Home’ chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend.
Stephen has appeared on the Late Late Show and performed at high profile events and venues such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street and 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 and 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 was published by Arlen House in 2018.
“New Irish Poetry Urgently Needed… Stephen James Smith answers the call!” Christy Moore
For more details, go to www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie