Tony Walsh (AKA Longfella) & Stephen James Smith
"Tony Walsh stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his now iconic poem "This Is The Place" in the aftermath of the Manchester bomb in 2017. "The moment that went viral...the world is talking about it." (CBC Canada.) Tony has since licensed the poem to raise around £200k for local charities.
“Now a national hero” (The Guardian), international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game. Forget what you imagined a poetry performance could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.
Longfella publishes a new collection in March 2019 entitled "Work | Life | Balance”.
"He is the real deal!" Benjamin Zephaniah
“The best thing I’ve ever heard come out of any Mancunian’s mouth, ever”. - Liam Gallagher
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 Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!
Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more. In October 2018 he appeared on The Late Late show to recite his poem “This is the Community”, linked below.
His debut collection, “Fear Not”, was published by Arlen House in September 2018.
“Passionate, witty, just plain great; this man’s voice hops right off the page.” – Roddy Doyle
“New Irish Poetry Urgently Needed… Stephen James Smith answers the call!” – Christy Moore