Jasmine Gardosi likes to write about weird things in unweird places – kind of like her, everywhere. She is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, last year’s Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 and was a finalist in the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize for Performance 2015.
Jasmine is slightly obsessed with taboo, its deconstruction and its power over language. At TEDxBrum’s International Women’s Day 2014, she delivered a talk exploring the taboo surrounding menstruation and she continues to run workshops that combine creativity with sex education and other awkward topics. Other facilitation work includes running West Midlands Poets’ Place, school workshops and CPD courses for psychotherapists and counsellors on using writing in therapy. She has previously hosted regular poetry nights in Birmingham and now co-organises the current Nexus series with Beatfreeks.
Since completing her work with BBC Arts making short-form content as a Young Creative, she has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sex education show combining dance and spoken word.
Other feature performances include Hit the Ode, Tongue Fu and Level Up and in 2015 she represented the West Midlands on the Apples and Snakes Public Address III National Tour.