Steve Downes is an Irish contemporary poet, playwright and novelist, currently living and working in Ireland.  Born in Drogheda, Country Louth in 1973.



Early Work


Early Work1995: Plays and Poetry, Steve’s first play produced was ‘Until Morning’ in 1995 by the Calipo Theatre Company and was written and performed for the charity AIDS Alliance, scenes from the play were also performed by the Nation Youth Theatre later that year. 


From 1991 to 1997 Steve’s poetry was being featured in Poetry Magazines in both Ireland and the UK, included Britain’s best known publication for poem Envoi.  Steve was also gaining a reputation for experimental poetry performance and in 1993 travelled across Ireland with a group of young poets performing in a range of venues.


1996: Steve’s second play ‘Voices’ was performed at the Droichead Arts Centre as part of a showcase of new Irish Talent.


His first major publication was ‘The Pagan Field’, a collection of poems inspired by the Irish historic landscape; the book’s striking artwork was created by the late Artist Teddy Doyle.  


1997: Steve third play, ‘For God and Country’, won a Kenny-Naughton award, the play was a harrowing single scene of the interrogation of a freedom fighter by a policeman who represented a Totalitarian Religion-based government. 


In 1998 Steve attended NUI Maynooth University and read Classical History, History and Anthropology.  In 2001 he received a B.A. Degree in Classics and Anthropology and in 2003 he received a Masters in Cultural Anthropology.


Mid-term Work:


In 2000, Steve wrote a collection of poems entitled ‘Ghosts’ which was featured in the book Celtic Echoes and launched in the City Arts Centre, Dublin, the book was sold in Ireland, the UK and the US and individual poems by Steve were used by Academic institutions in the US and Thailand as part of their English Literature Courses.


In 2005 Steve was shortlisted for playwright awards in Ireland and the US for his play ‘The Creator’, a surreal black comedy which sees God as a failing scientist creating and re-creating the world and its inhabitants.


Also in 2005 Steve and the English poet, novelist and filmmaker Roger Hudson launched ‘Side Angles’, two twin collections of poems published back-to-back.  This experimental book sold over 2,500 copies and was highly acclaimed by critics.


2005-10 Steve’s poems were featured in two anthologies, both published in Ireland, many of his poems began to appear on on-line poetry forums around this time.


Modern Work:


In 2010 Steve worked with Photographer Duirmuid Jones and Web-designer Jamie Stanton to produce his fourth collection of poems, the on-line collection ‘Urbaniahttp://www.stevedownesurbania.com/index.html, which has received thousands of views and much critical acclaim.


Steve’s first novel is Cosmogonic Marbles (2013) and his second novel is Temporal Tome (2014), both part of the Botolf Chronicles 


 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4


http://www.amazon.com/Temporal-Tribal-Warfare-Hampstead-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00M66K0UG


Current Work:


Steve is currently working on several projects with Pagan Publications Ireland, including a new Poetry collection and a third novel in the Botolf series


Steve's Botolf Novel series takes inspiration from his writing hero the late Douglas Adams

Reading poetry from Urbania

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        A passion for History