Ay up

Been a hectic year so far with a lot more to come. Thoroughly recent appearances @ both Long Division Festival, Wakefield with loads of ace poets, hosted by Simon Widdop & Derby Book Festival with the amazing Salena Godden.

I recently finished a residency at Milestone House & have just started another @ The Bosnian & Multicultural Centre in Derby. Plenty more exciting workshops coming up as well.

 

The Man-Up project I’ve been lead writer on with the fantastic RESTOKE has now confirmed live dates! Check the Live page for information on this!

 

Also: Happy to announce I won my first award as an artist with my musical project ‘BLOQUE CAPITALS’ there’s a link to information about the award here (I’ll post a link to the video for the track below) : http://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/arts/music/item/2789-bread-and-roses-songwriting-and-spoken-word-award

Video Here:

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2018 thus far…

Ayup people,

It’s been a while, apologies for not keeping the blog as up-to-date as is deemed appropriate but life has simply gotten in the way!

Pleased to be performing on behalf of Apples & Snakes and the Royal Shakespeare company in May, so head over to the live section to check that out and more!

Plenty more happening behind the scenes but for now that’s about it!

 

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Belated Happy New Year!!!

Ayup people,

I’ve been mostly writing new material, working on a novel, doing my MA, teaching workshops and also being a Dad so I’ve not been giving much love to the live circuit. However we had our first Word Wise of the year last Friday which was ace. It was a pleasure to bring JB Barrington and Jim Higo to the city to perform for the first time; big thanks to all of you who attended! February’s Word Wise will see Mark ‘Mace’ Smith and Alice Short. It will take place on the last Saturday (24th February) instead of the last Friday!

In terms of my own live shows;  I’m very happy to be appearing at the amazing Verve Poetry Festival at Waterstones in Birmingham on the 18th February alongside my poetry fam-a-lam Salena Godden, Matt Abbott and Maria Ferguson. I’ll also have some bits coming up towards the summer that I’ll announce in due course.

The first print-run of my collection The Best Of A Bad Situation SOLD OUT!!! So Silhouette Press have sent off for the second edition. You can buy it here:

The Best of a Bad Situation – by Jamie Thrasivoulou

For me 2018 is all about pushing myself as a writer and working on as many projects as possible.

I’m really excited to be a part of Bloque Capitals and we’ll be dropping a new tune very soon with a video etc. I’m working on 3 separate poetry collections, as well as the novel, and also a collaborative piece with the excellent Matthew Clegg. I’ve been made an ambassador of the charity POETS IN who work to deliver Creative Writing Workshops in Prisons and rehabilitation centres. I’m also the lead writer and Spoken Word artist on the Man-Up project working for the excellent RESTOKE. I’m also getting more and more work in terms of the education stuff so as you can see I’ve got my hands full.

I’m gonna make a concerted effort to blog a little bit more but don’t hold it against me if I don’t achieve this!

Until next time.

J

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Seeing the year out and into hibernation

Ayup,

I’ve Only got a few more shows left this year then I’m pretty much on lockdown until Verve Festival in February. Other than my monthly Word Wise commitments (which features a rather awesome line-up in January that I’ll announce at a later date) I’ll be taking a break from performing and will be taking an even longer break after that to get a new set of material together and focus on other projects and commitments. So far this year I’ve done 64 gigs; by the end of the year I’ll have done over 70. This doesn’t include all of my educational performances, workshops in schools, prisons, referral units, colleges, universities community projects.

I’d like to think I’m seeing the year out on a high though. In a few hours a have the pleasure of hosting Tony Walsh a.k.a. Longfella Poet at the opening event of the first ever Derby Poetry Festival. I’ll also be hosting one of my biggest influences in terms of my poetry in the Master Dub Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. 

I feel grateful for the progress I’ve made over the last year but I’m always striving to move forward and develop as an artist, that’s why I’ll be going out on a high this year!

One of my poems ‘ANYWHERE STREET DE1’ was put with some music by a great producer based in Belfast called Bloque Capitals. It got played on BBC Introducing Ulster, a few weeks back; the link can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09d3hjz

The track can be listened to on Spotify or Band camp, Listen Here: https://bloquecapitals.bandcamp.com/track/anywhere-street-de1-feat-jamie-thrasivoulou

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A long overdue blog update…

Ayup fellas ‘n’ fellettes, hope you’re all well? I’m currently feeling the stress big time! There’s been so much happening here @Thrasivoulou HQ since September that I’m struggling to keep up with it! November sees Derby’s first ever poetry festival hit the streets, which is curated by Myself and Trevor Wright! We have some amazing events lined-up so head over to the live section for more details or visit our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/DerbyPoetryFestival/

Gig-wise I’m doing a feature slot this Thursday (26th October) for Gong Fu Poets first ever show up in Durham! Really looking forward to this one! I’m also the headline poet for November’s Poetry Is Dead Good in Nottingham. Word Wise events are also listed in my live section as well as subVERSE the Hip-hop/spoken word mash-up event I co-produce!

Don’t forget you can still buy my book The Best Of A Bad Situation here:

The Best of a Bad Situation – by Jamie Thrasivoulou

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OUTSPOKEN @THE 100 CLUB

Pleased to say I’ll be taking ‘The Best Of A Bad Situation’ tour to London next week when I appear at the legendary 100 Club as part of the amazing Outspoken event!

More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/111703046199047/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

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July update

Ayup mi ducks,

It’s all been a bit hectic here (in a good way). Had a brilliant night performing for the first time at ‘Unity Words’ in Wakefield. Was great to see Maria Ferguson for the first time, she’s an ace poet, so if you haven’t checked her out yet then do it!! Also enjoyed plenty of other great shows throughout June including my hometown launch of my book which I’m pleased to say was a rowdy and rammed event!!

At the start of June I appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live talking about the General election as well as doing an interview with the Derby Telegraph: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/how-university-of-derby-helped-me-turned-my-back-on-drugs-drink-and-prison/story-30406262-detail/story.html

I also did an interview with Sally pepper for BBC Radio Derby, my interview is 1 hour and 15 minutes into the broadcast listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p055nktk?p_f_added=urn%3Abbc%3Aradio%3Aprogramme%3Ap055nktk%3Atitle%3DSally%2520Pepper%252C%252004%252F07%252F2017

In terms of the education stuff I’ve just started doing the summer course along with my good buddy Rhythmical Mike for Derby County Community Trust and NCS. I also held some brilliant workshops with the year 9’s from Noel Baker Academy as well as doing a motivational Speech for ex-offenders with the fantastic High-5 Recruitment. Plenty more work lined-up and some exciting times ahead. Get in touch if you need any creative workshops running.

I have some great gigs coming up this month including a headline slot @Word Life in Sheffield, Check the live section for more information. The awesome Raymond Antrobus also visits Word Wise in Derby this month along with Antony R. Owen and many other great poets.

Finally there’s a couple of nice new reviews of my collection ‘The Best Of A Bad Situation’ from the lovely people at ‘The Morning Star’ and ‘The Triumph of Now’ Head over to the reviews section to see more!

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-86c1-Thrasivoulou-makes-a-bad-situation-so-much-better#.WWSm5MaZOCV

I also got commissioned to write a piece for the heritage Lottery funded THI (Townscape heritage initiative) in the Green Lane area of Derby. You can view the video here:

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June Shows

My debut poetry collection “The Best Of A Bad Situation” is selling nicely, you can buy your copy below:

The Best of a Bad Situation – by Jamie Thrasivoulou

I’ll be doing plenty of live performances throughout June to celebrate the release including Spoken Weird in Halifax on June 1st, The Belper Goes Green Festival on June 4th, A Silhouette Press special with fellow Press mates Andrea Mbarushimana & Jonathan Pinnock @Hausman’s Radical Book Shop, Kings Cross, London on June 6th, My hometown Book Launch Party @ The Maypole Inn, Derby on June 16th & Speech Therapy in Nottingham on June 22nd & A Feature Slot @ Unity Words, Wakefield On June 28th. I’ll also be taking part in a Heritage Lottery funded show @ St.Peters Church in Derby on Friday June 23rd as part of The Green Lane Regeneration Project as well as June’s instalment of Word Wise (Which has now received an offer for Arts Council Funding) featuring the excellent Genevieve L. Walsh & Matt Mcateer. So Yes indeed it’s going to be a busy fun-packed month!

There’s also more dates planned for July onwards. I’ve also had a poem from my second collection (Currently being completed) in the latest edition of Glove: https://twitter.com/glovelitzine?lang=en There’s been some great reviews of “The Best Of A Bad Situation” Including this beauty right here by Storge: (there’s also more in the Press section of this site)

Jamie Thrasivoulou – The Best of a Bad Situation

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Pre-order: The Best Of A Bad Situation

You can now pre-order my book which will be out very soon:

Hit this link:

The Best of a Bad Situation – by Jamie Thrasivoulou

There’s also a London performance to celebrate the release on June 5th, More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/236785686726549/

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The Best Of A Bad Situation Set for release May 2017

Ayup folks. Loads more dates added in to the Live section.

My debut collection “The Best of A Bad Situation”  will be released in May 2017 through the magnificent “Silhouette Press” who have been a joy to work with. This is an exciting moment for me and the result of a lot of hard graft. My book launch at Fire & Dust, Coventry will take place on this date alongside the awesome Steve Pottinger The Facebook event for this gig is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573038666070312/

The Derby Launch party for “The Best Of A Bad Situation will be on: Friday 16th June @The Maypole Bar & Theatre, The Facebook event is here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1919353648295372/

I’m also rather proud to announce that I got commissioned to write a piece for the award winning social photographer Jim Mortram’s rather amazing “Small Town Inertia” project through the excellent”bluecoat Press” so march really was some month for me! If you want to know more about this project hit the link below, Until next time folks take it easy and all that jazz…I’ll update with links to buy my collection when details are ready…All the best. J

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