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My name’s Jamie Thrasivoulou, I’m an award-winning writer, poet, lyricist and workshop facilitator from Derby.

I’ve been published by Not-So-Popular, Burning House Press, Hand-Job-Zine, The Arsonist, Glove, Rzur Cuts, Low-Light Magazine, Crown House Publications, Here Comes Everyone, Independent Thinking Press, Paper & Ink Zine, and Bluecoat Press amongst others.

My first collection The Best Of A Bad Situation was released in May 2017 through Silhouette Press. You can buy it here:

The Best of a Bad Situation – by Jamie Thrasivoulou

I was commissioned to write the poem A Privatised Map Of Deprivation for the award-winning social photographer Jim Mortram’s Small Town Inertia Photography collection, which is available now through Bluecoat Press. My poem, along with work from Jim’s collection is displayed in The Small Town Inertia exhibition at Side Gallery in Newcastle.

I’m the official Derby County Football Club poet, my poem We Are Derby is played on the big-screen before every home game at Pride Park stadium. In 2018 I also became the first poet to perform at the East Midlands derby between DCFC & Nottingham Forest where I spat verse to over 31,000 people.

In 2018 my musical project  Bloque Capitals were joint winners of  The Culture Matters: Bread & Roses award for spoken word and musical collaboration.

In January 2019 I was also a part of the UNISLAM 2019 winning team with The University of Birmingham.

As well as poetry I write fictional narratives and the odd script.

I perform regularly at  events around the country and have been lucky enough to appear at: Outspoken @the 100 Club in London, Verve Poetry Festival, London poetry Book-fair, Nottingham Playhouse, The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham, and The Other place (Royal Shakespeare Venue) amongst many others.

Alongside writing and performance I also run workshops and community projects for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

I’m currently the Writer-In-Residence @HMP Foston Hall, and the lead writer on the ACE funded  Man-Up project with the Stoke based organisation RESTOKE. This community project was developed into a show exploring the relationship between masculinity and mental health and was performed over 4 nights at Golden Hill Working-Men’s Club in Stoke to sold-out audiences. The work was also displayed in an exhibition at Keele University in 2018.

I was the shadow-writer-in-residence for the Writing East Midlands: Write Here Sanctuary project in 2016 working with refugees and asylum seekers, and I’m one of the lead writers on their forthcoming Elder Tree Project in 2019. I’m also a lead writer on the SLAMJAM performance poetry project in Lincolnshire schools.

I also hold a degree in Creative Writing & American Studies and I’m studying part-time for an MA in Creative Writing at The University of Birmingham.

I’ve been producing and hosting Derby’s Premier Spoken Word and Poetry Event Word Wise since September 2016. I’m also a co-producer of  Derby Poetry Festival. In the past I have hosted many acclaimed artists including; Linton Kwesi Johnson, Anthony Anaxagorou, Salena Godden, Luke Wright, and Toria Garbutt.

My past clients for educational work and commissions includes: Derby County Football Club, HMP Foston Hall, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Writing East midlands, Milestone House Homeless Shelter, Derby University, Keele University, Sheffield Hallam University, Headway charity, Leicester City Football Club, Derby Museums, Aquarius, The Premier league Reading stars, Derby College, Apples & Snakes, The National Living Wage, Nottingham Poetry Festival, The National Citizens Service, Derby Book Festival, Nottingham Poetry Festival and many more Schools, Community groups, Educational hubs, Prisons, Pupil Referral Units, and colleges around the UK.

Photograph by Greg Jackson (http://gregjacksonphotos.co.uk)

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