WORD! with Stephen James Smith and Anna Walsh

  • This PAST event happened on: Thu, Apr 27, 2023

  • Venue:Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, LE1 7HA
  • Time:7:30pm
  • Cost:£4 / £7
  • Web Address:https://www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts/whatson

  • Join us as we kick off a new spring season and present the acclaimed Stephen James Smith as part of his much anticipated UK tour.

    Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 4 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival.

    Author of, Fear Not (Arlen Press, 2018), Stephen has performed extensively, at venues and events including the National Concert Hall, Vicar Street (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard), London Palladium, the Oscar Wilde Awards (LA), Glastonbury and George Town Literary Festival (ML).

    “Passionate, witty, just plain great; this man’s voice hops right off the page.” – Roddy Doyle

    “In the midst of the toughness of his work, he also knows where to find the tender spot.” – Gerard Smyth.


    Stephen will be supported by the wonderful, Anna Walsh, in her words...

    Anna has written poems for 2 weddings and 4 funerals; one for someone who has yet to die... Her bike poems on Leicester cycle lanes attracted a very small Facebook following.  She lives in Leicester near an underpass graffitied with the words ‘hope’ and ‘cake’ which she didn’t write herself, but finds very meaningful. She is the proud owner of the Word! Slam Champion trophy 2022. She’s not good at taking selfies.

    For more on Anna see: www.tamingtheoctopus.net


    To perform as part of the open mic and/or workshop with Stephen, 4.30-6.30pm - email: [email protected]. Please do also let us know of any access needs.