Fear Not by Stephen James SmithThis a debut collection from this author. I have seen / heard him read a few times but have really enjoyed being able to read his work. The poems are honest, engaging, accessible and free of pretension. The book gives an overall sense of a man who has worked hard to overcome his own personal obstacles and who is looking forward. I take a sense of the value of a glass half full perspective. He touches on many universal themes...love, friendship, child-parent relationships....as well as many personal experiences. I am already looking forward to his next collection!
Stephen James Smith's 'Fear Not' book launch part 2
While the venue provided a fresh and modern ambience, the audience was initially perplexed by the lack of seating and many hovered nervously with a glass of wine in hand. There were a small number of cushioned benches, but the vast majority of guests ended up sitting on the floor. This may have been by design, however, as it was a great leveller and placed casually dressed students alongside business people, forcing them to adjust to the new space and each other.
Stephen James Smith
Launch: Stephen James Smith's 'Fear Not' Poetry Book, 13th Sept
Stephen James Smith is a poet attuned to the nerve-ends of our people and our city. As he publishes his debut collection of poetry, he discusses his relationships and his platform to make a difference. The cost of rent and houses is way cheaper. However, when it is published this month it will be called Fear Not. I learnt a bit more in terms of challenging myself about what scares me.
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Smith is one of the most unique artists to emerge from Dublin in recent years, with videos of his spoken word poetry amassing thousands of views on YouTube. Off the back of the release of this body of work which spans almost 15 years of writing, Stephen is embarking on a tour of the UK and Ireland that includes 28 gigs making up much of October and November. We spoke with Stephen on the eve of his show in Glasgow about the trials and tribulations of being an artist in Ireland and performing for the Irish community in London. Being on the road for the next three weeks If I start eating shit food everyday ill be in a heap. Having just opened for The Boomtown Rats at Head for the Hills festival in Lancashire last month, Stephen is reeling from the recent opportunities that have come his way. The video has over 84, views on YouTube and was directed by the brilliant Irish filmmaker Myles O'Reilly, whom Stephen has been collaborating with for years.
The next few months will be very interesting," Stephen James Smith says with breezy curiosity. The celebrated Dublin bard has been telling me the next phase in his vocation that is about to commence, one that will see him putting his own money where that arresting mouth is. Besides recently getting himself a manager and booking agent, he has financed the production of new videos, ones that he hopes will have the viral power of humongous predecessors 'My Ireland' and 'Dublin You Are'. Smith will also embark on a date tour of Ireland and the UK in October and November, seeking a small percentage of those millions who have come to know his work online. This requires an investment as well, as does his upcoming debut poetry collection, Fear Not, which he feels will allow him to "move on from some of those poems to a new cycle of creativity".