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 way to end the year!

So on Monday 17th December I was invited by Derby County FC to recite my poem ‘We Are Derby’ live at Pride Park Stadium for the East Midlands Derby between Derby County & Nottingham Forest. Here’s a photo of me sound-checking the Friday before.

I’m happy to say I survived the onslaught of the Forest fans & smashed the poem out word-for-word. To perform to that many people provided a ridiculous buzz & I can’t thank the Rams fans enough for the gratitude they’ve shown for the poem. There’s a video of me performing it on the pitch at the game to follow so keep your eyes peeled for that. I also have reason to believe that this makes me the first ever poet to read at an East Midlands Derby, as well as many other possible claims to accolade! I’ve begun my investigations so I’ll keep you updated as to when my notoriety is confirmed 😉

I’m also happy to announce that my first date of 2019 is an opening for the exhibition of J. A. Mortram’s Small-Town-Inertia exhibition @The Fantastic Side Gallery in Newcastle.

In other news: I’m happy to say that I’ll be teaming up with a load more great artists for the second phase of the Ace-funded Travelling band project; ‘Constellations’ will start in 2019 so keep your eyes peeled for that.

As I undertake the final year of my MA studies, I’ll also be performing as part of the University of Birmingham Slam poetry team in the Unislam finals in February.

More announcements to follow but until then enjoy the festive season.


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