‘Synonymous with Strength’ – A video poem by Stephen James Smith & Elma Orkestra

Commissioned by Derry’s Gasyard Wall Féile: https://www.facebook.com/pg/gasyardwallfeile/
Filmed and edited by: Eoin O’Callaghan (Amelia Films) http://www.ameliarecords.com
Special thanks to Mary Molloy and Gareth Stewart.
https://www.stephenjamessmith.com https://www.elmaorkestra.com

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 3 million views online.  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 by Director Myles O’Reilly, arranged and mixed by Conor O’Brien (Villagers), 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 clocked up in excess of 250k views.  Stephen’s debut collection Fear Not,published by Arlen House, was released in September 2018 and he has recently released a poetry pamphlet Hear Now. He can be found at  https://www.stephenjamessmith.com/

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