‘So Say So’ is an intimate outdoor spoken word and music event in the center of Wexford town.
Join host Stephen James Smith for the 1st edition of ‘So Say So’, an evening of spoken word with visiting and local performers and Open Mic opportunities in this open-air evening at the Annexe at Wexford Arts Centre. 3 John’s Gate Street.
This month’s featured artists are poet Ben MacCaoilte and musician Lily Brodie Hayes.
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, and will be performing a fully immersive show at the Annexe, Wexford Arts Centre Courtyard sessions.
Ben MacCaoilte is a bilingual poet writing in both Irish and English. Ben’s work is inspired by heritage,culture,people and the places that shaped them. Ben released his first album of poetry in 2021 called Beyond the Apple Tree on the Crannóg Media label. Since its release Ben has performed at events around the country including commissioned pieces for the Decade of Centenaries Celebrations and the Waterford Gallery of Arts Ekphrasis Project and most recently at the launch of the International Writers Festival in Dublin. Ben’s work has appeared on Lyric FM and has been published in a number of books and journals including More than Words and The Waxed Lemon. Ben’s follow up album Lifting the Gate is due for release in October.
Lily Brodie Hayes is an accomplished Violin and Piano player, who has toured both nationally and internationally. Classically trained, Lily has played with several acclaimed orchestras and chamber music groups in Ireland. Heavily involved in and influenced by Irish and Scottish traditional music, Lily currently draws on those influences for several collaborative artistic projects. Based in Dublin, Lily plays with the band Lifts and is currently recording and performing around the country.