Jamie Thrasivoulou is an award-winning writer, poet, lyricist, and educator from Derby. He was the vocalist in the band In-Flight Program (2003-2013). His work has been published in: The Morning Star, Low Light Magazine, The Arsonist, Glove and Here Comes Everyone. Silhouette Press published his debut collection ‘The Best Of A Bad Situation’ in 2017. His second collection ‘Our Man’ was published through Burning Eye Books in July 2019. ‘Our Man’ was also toured as a one-man-show at the Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, and Buxton 2019 Fringe festivals. In the past Jamie has toured all over the UK performing at literary festivals and events including: Outspoken at the 100 Club, The Everyman Theatre, The Old Rep Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Verve Poetry Festival, and The Other Place (RSC Venue). He’s performed alongside many highly acclaimed artists such as: Linton kwesi Johnson, Helen Mort, John Agard, and Salena Godden. 

In 2017 the award winning social photographer Jim Mortram commissioned Jamie to write a poem as a preface for the photography collection ‘Small Town Inertia’. The work was published by Bluecoat Press and exhibited at Side Gallery in Newcastle. In the past Derby County Football Club, The BBC, Apples and Snakes, National Poetry Day and the Heritage lottery have also commissioned his work amongst many others.  

In 2018 Jamie was winner of the Culture Matters: Bread and Roses award for Spoken Word that contributes to the working class narrative. His work won in three separate categories of the 2019 Saboteur awards including ‘Best Spoken Word Performer in the UK.’ He also won best collaborative work for ‘Man Up’ a project he worked on in 2018 with Restoke. ‘Word Wise’ The night Jamie produces in Derby won ‘Best Regular Spoken Word event’. He is a member of the University of Birmingham slam poetry team and was a winner of the 2019 Unislam tournament and golden hammer winner at the 2019 Hammer and Tongue national poetry team slam at the Royal Albert Hall. He was long-listed for a 2019 Jerwood Poetry award. Jamie is the official poet for Derby County Football Club where he has recited poetry to crowds of over 34,000 people. His poem ‘We Are Derby’ is played on the big screen before every home game at Pride Park stadium and was played in the pre-match build-up at the 2019 EFL playoff final at Wembley Stadium. Jamie leads writing workshops in all manner of educational settings from primary schools to excavation sites. He is currently the writer in residence at HMP Foston Hall and a visiting lecturer at Derby University. His work has appeared on BBC radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Derby, RAMS TV, and ITV Central television. Jamie hosts the Word Wise Podcast.

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