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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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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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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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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