Friday 17 March 2017

My Ireland by Stephen James Smith

My Ireland by Stephen James Smith is the title of a poem commissioned by the St. Patrick's Festival organisers – a response to the theme for the 2017 festival. It offers a personal view of how the author sees Ireland today and yet (judging by the way that it has resonated with a public audience that has been largely appreciative) it is, by no means, a lone or solitary voice.

Here it is then, in spoken form, with audio-visual accompaniment to add an extra layer to the poem's already powerful invocation:

Stephen is a Dublin-based poet and playwright, who (according to his official website) has been "central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word genre in Ireland today" although, he would say that, wouldn't he?

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