SPOZ…because it’s easier than his real name, ‘GIOVANNI ESPOSITO’ and happens to be the bit between the ‘E’ and the ‘ito’ (sort of).
SPOZ…is an award winning performance poet, singer / songwriter, film maker, playwright and is the poet-in-residence at Birmingham City FC. He has been seen on BBC and Central Television, has written for and been heard on … BBC Radio Four, Radio Five Live, Radio West Midlands, Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and Capital Gold, as well as the toilet.
SPOZ…has performed at the Glastonbury Festival, Shambala Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Oxford Literature Festival, Warwick Words Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Wenlock Poetry Festival and in front of his mom.
“Spoz takes run-of-the-mill and real life scenarios, beats them with a blunt instrument and flushes them down the bog of the spoken word. Roger McGough meets Billy Connolly” –
Warwick Words Festival.
SPOZ…was ‘crowned’ Birmingham’s eleventh poet laureate in October 2006. He continues to work extensively in schools, lifting the appeal of writing and performing poetry to hitherto, unseen heights.
“I would thoroughly recommend Spoz to bring poetry alive in your school” Sharon Taylor, Head of English, Birchensale Middle School, Worcestershire
SPOZ…manages and facilitates many school poetry slam projects, including The West Midlands, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and other regions nation wide.
SPOZ…has released three poetry collections. “The Day the Earth Grew Hair … and Other Stuff”, “Spoz’s Shorts and the Occasional Long One” and “Ten Letters”, all available from his website www.spoz.net.
Colmers Sixth Form College will be participating in the Borderlines Project with Spoz. They're situated at Colmer's High School in Rednal. The participants will be a combination of years 12 and 13.