Jasmine Gardosi

Poet, host, facilitator


Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and recent winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry.


Jasmine uses audience participation, beatboxing and manipulation of voice and body in order to explore LGBTQ+ issues, sex education and mental health. Her work has appeared on Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, and across BBC Radio, including BBC Radio 3's The Verb, Radio 4 and BBC Asian Network.

As well as performing regularly around the UK, she is expanding her international reach with performances and appearances abroad. Her commission for Standard Chartered saw her showcased globally as part of International Women's Day 2018, and she has been featured internationally by Button Poetry, the world's largest spoken word platform, after being awarded an Honorable Mention for Outstanding International Entry in their 2018 video contest.

A previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, she is a current Poet in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and sits on the Ledbury Poetry Festival board of trustees.

The sex education show she co-created with Autin Dance Theatre is in its 4th year of development, outreach and touring. She continues to combine creativity and sex education through other workshops and performances. She also runs West Midlands Poets’ Place, as well as regular school and community workshops.

Her debut pamphlet Hurtz is published by Verve Poetry Press and is available here.



More videos can be found here

To book Jasmine for a performance, please contact her via email

The Battle of Junior Library

Footage courtesy of Beatfreeks

Performed at Level UP at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Unidentified Crying Objects

Featured by Button Poetry for their 2018 Video Contest

Footage courtesy of The Roundhouse, London

Performed at the 2017 Roundhouse Poetry Slam


Courtesy of Apples and Snakes and Elstree University Technical College

Raise your hand

Runner-up from the 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest

Footage courtesy of The Roundhouse, London

Performed at the 2017 Roundhouse Poetry Slam

The Female Fight Club

Performed at Spokes: Amaze!

Why does she Write in Nightclubs?

Courtesy of Apples and Snakes and Elstree University Technical College



Jasmine leads workshops in schools and community settings. She runs regular school clubs as well as one-off day visits, and leads CPD training for teachers. She also specialises in running LGBTQ+ and creative sex education workshops for young people.

Courtesy of L'Ecole des Petits.jpg

“Jasmine was immaculate in the way she planned, organised and prepared our workshop. She enthused the students and inspired them quickly.

Jasmine is able to speak with students on their own level which is a great benefit for getting them excited about poetry! All of our students agreed that the session was excellent, and our feedback has been exceptional. One student has commented that she would love for Jasmine to come back so that she could perform a poem with Jasmine!

We would recommend her to any school looking to excite students about poetry, and hope to have her back very soon!”

Teacher from St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Alcester

Her major workshop commissions include Arts-Speak, in which she artistically led a spoken word programme spanning 6 schools of the Victoria Academies Trust, showcased at the Old REP Theatre in March '18.

She was also commissioned in 2016 by The Mighty Creatives as artistic lead for the Tamworth Emerge scheme, involving schools and community workshops, Arts Award delivery and production of a youth arts festival.

“Jasmine came to lead two poetry workshops in Years 5 & 6. The children benefited hugely from her input and were able to create and perform a poem around the theme of London.

Jasmine was enthusiastic and energetic with the children and inspired them to produce some outstanding work.

The final assembly, where a selection of children read out their poems, was very impressive and thoroughly enjoyed by the rest of the school. A hugely positive experience!!”


Teacher from L’Ecole de Battersea, London


She also coordinates West Midlands Poets' Place. Run in association with Apples and Snakes and Birmingham Hippodrome, this fortnightly session is an informal, flexible meeting point which gives both old-time poets and newcomers the opportunity to meet like-minded people, receive critical feedback and try a writing exercise. You can keep up to date on the next session through the Poets' Place Facebook Page.

Jasmine believes in the multiple powers of spoken word to develop a participant's communication skills, self expression and confidence. She is particularly interested in taboo, its deconstruction and its power over language.

Jasmine is available for workshops, hosting and project coordination and can be contacted via email.




'They did it. They found a way to measure pain.

They established a metric unit. Called it hurtz.’


Jasmine Gardosi’s first foray into the printed word is an imaginative tour de force in which pain is both equated to other forms of suffering and pinned to the colour spectrum. Pain in Hurtz becomes visible like weather, as conspicuous as clothing.


The poetic landscape that this simple premise opens up for her appears as a powerful torrent of varied verse forms and styles. We are carried along with them and it is an exhilarating ride. Hurtz is everything we could have hoped for from Gardosi, and so much more.


“Anyone who’s seen Gardosi performing her work knows her wit, energy and invention; her uncanny ability to capture an emotional state you hadn’t even realised you were feeling with the perfect analogy. What emerges in these pages is the range and ambition of her poetry across a full sequence. The synaesthesia of feeling, the precise colours of pain and heartache, reincorporated, finely nuanced and just shot-through with a compassion, concern and attention which is never less than moving.”

 - Luke Kennard

Available to order here



To contact Jasmine for gigs, workshops and commissions, email jasminegardosi[at]gmail[dot]com

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