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!) ūüėČ

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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2019 is shaping up nicely!

Reciting the We Are Derby poem to over 400 pupils @ Lawn Primary School

Ayup people!

So 2019 has definitely gotten off to a bang! I’ve been rushed off my boots with lots of education work. This includes my first ever requested encore in a school assembly to over 400 kids, who were chanting along to my We¬†Are¬†Derby¬†Poem (See photo above). I’ve also enjoyed being one of the lead writers visiting schools on behalf of SLAMJAM in Lincolnshire. I’ve also recently been involved in the This¬†Is¬†Derby project on behalf of the wonderful team at Deda. I also held a series of workshops as a visiting lecturer at both Keele and Derby Universities.

The next instalment of last year’s ACE funded Travelling¬†Band project (Constell8)¬†is also off to a start! Keep checking back for more dates on that one! In March I put out a new live video for my poem COBWEBS from the February UNISLAM victory which has been getting some good reactions over social media, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKs596bNhU4&t=94s There’s also some footage of me reading some new material that was recorded live @ Side Gallery for the Small Town Inertia exhibition in Newcastle back in January, Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zExJzq05NGs&t=348s

I’m lucky enough to have had my new show accepted for a week-long run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the fantastic people at Laughing Horse. Our Man will feature from Monday 19th until Sunday 25th August at the aptly named Raging Bull from 6:00 PM each night. The show is made up of poems from my next collection of the same title that is due to be published through Burning Eye Books in July. The self-titled poem was published recently in the Morning Star newspaper and can be read here: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/poetry-picketline-our-man-1

Finally in this news round-up I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ll be supporting the legend Linton Kwesi Johnson as part of his performance @ Nottingham Poetry Festival on May 4th! More Information here: https://nottinghampoetryfestival.com/events/npf-ntu-curated-and-created-present-linton-kwesi-johnson-jamie-thrasivoulou-bridie-squires/ I’ve also got a tasty appearance for the opening of Cheltenham Poetry Festival on 25th April-tickets can be bought here: https://cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk/outspoken-trailblazing-spoken-word-and-pioneering-poetry/

Author: Jamie Thrasivoulou

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