Birmingham Poet Laureate
Jasmine Gardosi is the current Birmingham Poet Laureate. She is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, and Honorary Doctor of Letters (Birmingham Newman University). She is a winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry and winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer.
Her work exploring identity, LGBTQ+ issues and mental health 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. She was featured on Sky Arts' BAFTA-winning show, Life & Rhymes, and her poem about the pandemic, filmed on a rollercoaster, was broadcast across America on PBS after going viral on Twitter. Her performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall was broadcast on BBC Four and can be watched here.
A two-time recipient of an Honorable Mention for Outstanding International Entry in the Button Poetry video contest, her work has been featured on their channel to tens of thousands around the world. Her video-poem about trans voices, 'Say It Anyway', was commissioned by the Brontë Parsonage Museum as their Writer In Residence to mark the bicentenary of Anne Brontë, and was featured at Flatpack Festival.
She is a previous BBC Arts Young Creative and Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. She was invited by the British Embassy in Tallinn to headline Estonia's historical, first-ever queer poetry slam as part of Baltic Pride. She has also run workshops and performed internationally in Austria, Romania and The Netherlands.
She was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre to create 'Dancing To Music You Hate', her debut show exploring gender identity, which features poetry, beatbox and Celtic dubstep. The show premiered to standing ovations, won Best Spoken Word Show in the Saboteur Awards, and just completed an ACE-funded national tour.
Jasmine led West Midlands Poets’ Place for eight years. She now continues to run school and community workshops around the country and abroad.
Her debut pamphlet Hurtz is published by Verve Poetry Press and is available here.
Broadcast across America on PBS
Commissioned by National Literacy Trust
Filmed by Paul Stringer,
courtesy of West Midlands Safari Park
Be Poet (beatbox poem)
Winner of an Honorable Mention for Outstanding International Entry in the Button Poetry Video Contest
Performed at B:Music Symphony Hall
Footage courtesy of VerseFirst
Commissioned by the National Trust
1900s to Now
Winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2020
Featured by Button Poetry for their 2020 Video Contest
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 Battle of Junior Library
Footage courtesy of Beatfreeks
Performed at Level UP at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Courtesy of Apples and Snakes and Elstree University Technical College
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
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 workshops exploring LGBTQ+ themes, beatbox poetry and performance.
“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
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.
SUMMER TOUR 2023
9 May | Cockpit Theatre, London
25 May | MAC, Birmingham
10 Jul | Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
20 Jul | Left Bank, Leeds
29 Jul | The Wardwick, Derby
3 Aug | The Brunswick, Brighton & Hove
6 Aug | Festival Edition of the show, Centenary Square, Birmingham Fest '23
"The most important piece of art I can remember seeing"
Casey Bailey, Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020-22
Poetry. Beatbox. Celtic Dubstep.
This is Jasmine Gardosi's award-winning, debut show about gender identity, coming to terms with queerness, and finding the words. Prepare for an hour of explosive dubstep bass-lines and soaring folk violin which blow apart the boundaries of gender and musical genre alike. Watch Jasmine converse, argue and compete with a live band of instrumentalists as she cracks open the binary with boldness, humour and celebration.
“Tricky, sticky themes explored with humour, passion and euphoric music. Conversations around themes of sexuality and gender can alienate people who really need to be part of them, but this show was validating and welcoming.”
Malaika Kegode, Milk Poetry
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, it premiered to standing ovations, was Verve Poetry Festival’s best-selling event of 2022 when it toured to Birmingham Hippodrome, and won Best Spoken Word Show in the Saboteur Awards. The show's titular track was adapted by Jules Buckley into a 90-piece orchestral arrangement, performed with BBC Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and broadcast on BBC Four's Inside Classical: A Birmingham Celebration.
The show has sold out venues like B:Music's Symphony Hall, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol and The Brunswick, Hove on its summer ’23 national tour, supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Jasmine recently performed a specially-commissioned Festival Edition of the show for Birmingham Festival ’23.
"Phenomenal... the world needs more poets like Gardosi to use their words to create change.”
“Jasmine Gardosi is a genius and Dancing To Music You Hate is a radical explosion of hope, courage, pain and honesty. I want to bottle this feeling and give it to anyone who has ever felt alone. This show will make them feel seen.”
“An electrifying original performance: skilful, vulnerable, fierce, funny, intelligent. Stunning musicianship intertwined with Gardosi’s poetry.”
“Stunning from start to end. I was hooked on every word, every scratch, every blow of the trumpet, touch of a key, flash of a light.”
“Genuinely one of the best experiences I’ve had.”
“I feel extremely grateful to have seen and experienced this show. I’m not sure I have ever felt so many consecutive full body chills.”
“I have rarely felt so seen in art”
“Jasmine Gardosi is a visionary and a master at what they do”
“This show is gorgeous, colourful, slick, moving and transcendent.”
'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