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/

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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.


Author: Jamie Thrasivoulou

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2018: The busy year!!!

Ayup people,

I’m not even gonna apologies for a lack of blog posts-life has simply got in the way!

2018 in short has been great!

The year’s highlights included a sell-out run of shows for the production of ‘Man-Up’, which I worked on with Restoke. A film of the production is forthcoming, hit this link for more info: https://www.restoke.org.uk/man-up/

I also got asked by my beloved Derby County FC to write a new motivational poem at the request of none other than Frank Lampard. The poem ‘We Are Derby’ has been featured on the big screen at Pride Park at every home game since 21st August! I’ll post a link to the Steve Bloomer’s washing podcast of me reading the poem in the video/audio section of this website. Here’s  an interview I did with Owen Bradley for RAMS TV here: https://www.dcfc.co.uk/news/2018/09/meet-the-local-poet-behind-we-are-derby

My other major highlight of the year was winning my first award with my musical project Bloque Capitals when we were one of the joint-winners of the Culture Matters 2018 award for spoken word and musical collaboration. This award far surpasses any literary award for me personally as it directly relates to the output of working class artists! Here’s the link here: http://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/arts/music/item/2789-bread-and-roses-songwriting-and-spoken-word-award

Gig-wise I’ve done plenty, highlights include my appearance at ‘The Other Place’ Royal Shakespeare venue and Verve Poetry Festival. I’m happy to say I’ve got plenty of exciting gigs already booked for 2019 (Info to come in due course)

I’ve been lucky enough to hold over 100 workshops this year in schools, prisons, museums, colleges, universities, etc. If you want me to come and visit your place in 2019 hit me up on: info@jthras.com

Creatively at the minute I’m still putting the finishing touches to my next poetry collection ‘Our Man’, which will be published in 2019 through the awesome Burning Eye books!

I’ll also be touring the book as a show so if you want to book me get in there quick as this next one if gonna pop off like a pog-war!

 

 

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