Double success for Birmingham laureate Jasmine Gardosi in Saboteur awards
Birmingham’s poet laureate Jasmine Gardosi has been voted best spoken word performer in the annual Saboteur indie awards. She also took the award for best spoken word show for Dancing to Music You Hate, a show about gender identity which features poetry, beatbox and ‘Celtic dubstep’. She is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her work explores identity, LGBTQ+ issues and mental health.
Best regular spoken word night went to Edinburgh’s I Am Loud Productions. Best poetry magazine went to Butcher’s Dog magazine, which recently featured in a Guardian article on the financial plight of poetry magazines, following its appeal to readers earlier this year.
Broken Sleep Books was voted most innovative publisher, while Verve poetry festival won the best literary festival award.