Ayup mi ducks!

Apologies that it’s been so long since I wrote a blog post- but yer know- man’s been busy winning awards, releasing books, gigging and educating the fine folks on the art of poetry etc. So where do I start? That’s the question I’m asking myself! It’s been an absolutely crazy year. I’ve tried to update everything I’ve been unto in the media and press/published sections (but I’ll have undoubtedly have missed something out so please forgive me if I have).

So last year, last year, last year: I was proud to score a hat-trick at the Saboteur awards where I picked up the title of ‘Best Spoken Word Performer in the UK’ along with ‘best regular spoken word night’ for my baby that is Word Wise, we also scooped ‘best collaborative works’ for the Man-Up project which I was lead writer on with the wonderful folks at Restoke. Last year also saw me perform live on the pitch for my beloved DCFC three times and I was lucky enough to do it once again just last week against Manchester United in the F.A. Cup. My ‘We Are Derby’ poem also made it onto the big screen at Wembley stadium for the EFL playoff final. I was also lucky enough to be commissioned by the BBC and National Poetry Day and my poem ‘Nowt But Pride’ was the main poem on the BBC website, I also got interviewed for the Contains Strong Language Festival by the legend (and fellow football poet) Ian McMillan. I also appeared on BBC Radio 4 on a programme called Powerlines which was all about us working-class scruff that operate in the poetry world! (I’m gonna try and get a load of the radio stuff I’ve done clipped off and onto Soundcloud in the near future). I also released my second collection ‘Our Man’ through Burning Eye Books, which can be bought here: https://jamiethrasivoulou.bigcartel.com/product/our-man I also toured the collection as a one-man-show at the Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, and Buxton Fringes and did my first Scottish tour with the lovely folks at Sonnet Youth back in December. I also ran loads of education projects, fulfilled tonnes of commissions and loads more, thanks for everyone who supported anything I did.

So what for this year? I’ve started a podcast called ‘Word Wise Podcast’ which you can access via Spotify and the usual outlets (There’s a link to it and the Youtube version after these brackets): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_giYD2Sqoo

I’m also running plenty of educational projects in schools, prisons, colleges etc. I’m also still doing a bit of lecturing at the University of Derby. I’m also working on some interesting commissions and collaborations so keep popping back and I’ll do try and do better to keep this blog updated. (But please remember that the sign of a busy writer is one that doesn’t have time to update their website!) 😉

Best wishes and take care

J

Author: Jamie Thrasivoulou

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Saboteur Awards Shortlist!

Ayup people,

I’m absolutely over the moon to announce that my work has been shortlisted in no less than 3 categories for the Saboteur 2019 UK Spoken Word Awards. I’ve been listed for Best Spoken Word Performer in the UK, Word Wise has been listed for ‘Best Regular Spoken Word Night’ and ‘Man Up’ by Restoke has been listed for ‘Best Collaborative Work’. We’d be wholeheartedly grateful if you could vote for these projects using this form: https://form.jotformeu.com/91033853215350

Exciting times indeed! Let’s bring it home!

Until next time! J x

Author: Jamie Thrasivoulou

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Collaborative Poem with Martin Hayes

Pleased to have a collaborative piece with the brilliant Martin Hayes published via the Culture Matters Website. Hit the following link to access it! http://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/arts/poetry/item/2991-pigeon-problem

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A Great Start to 2019

From Left: Jamie Thrasivoulou (AKA: Moody Me), Jonah Corren, Chloe Bettles, Hannah Ledlie, & Memory Bhunu- AKA Team BRUM: UNISLAM 2019 Winners

Ayup mi ducks and happy new year to thee!

I’m thrilled to report that the year has started in style as my ace University slam poetry team-mates and I, managed to finish FIRST PLACE in the 2019 UNISLAM finals. We saw off another 24 universities in what was a completely enjoyable and gruelling experience in equal measure. The standard of poetry was second-to-none and I firstly want to give a huge shoutout to our fellow finalists: Strathclyde, Durham, and Leeds Universities who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. Also a massive shoutout to all the other teams involved with particular mentions to: Leeds Becket, UEA, Derby (of course), Leicester DMU, Loughborough, Bath Spa and Sheffield, whom we all particularly bonded with over the weekend. Massive hats off to Toby Campion and his team of willing volunteers, judges, and hosts who truly made it a great event. The picture above is taken from the Grand Finals at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham, prior to our victory; hence my moody expression. Look out for us as we’ll be back performing at the Old Rep Theatre on Saturday 16th Feb, as well as the Hammer & Tongues final @ The Royal Albert Hall next year!

In other news I’ve been back at work at HMP Foston Hall and I’m happy to say we have some new group members who’ve been a pleasure to work with. Their poetry never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to more slick bars being presented. I’m also happy to announce that my next book and show Our Man is still on course for a July release via the wonderful people at Burning Eye Books I’m very proud of this one, expect a plethora of live dates around its release (more about this in due course). For now though I’m happy to confirm dates at The Chesterfields Labour Club on March 2nd and also cracking the seal on The Cheltenham Poetry Festival on April 25th! (see live page for details). There’s also some videos from my Pride Park performance back in December, which are linked underneath the picture below! I’ll also add them to the videos section! There’ll be a new studio version of We Are Derby along shortly with a stinking new video. I’ve not forgotten you Rams fans. Expect to hear my gob on Radio Derby’s Sportscene in the not-so-distant future as well! There’s also a nice review of my 2017 debut poetry collection The Best Of A Bad Situation from Write Out Loud head over to the review section to see that.

Link to WE ARE DERBY video below:

https://youtu.be/cq2dptV9Jso


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