Journey Works


“…It’s time we left
this land of stoats and toads
this kingdom of weasels
this province of voles …”

from Body 115 #journeyworks
photo: Meghan Desmond


Studio Carlo Rea
Via Petrara
62024 Matelica
Marche, Italia
19:00 h


101 Social
101 Northdown Rd,
Margate, CT9 2QY
18:00 h

3 OCT | SUNBURY-ON-THAMES | National Poetry Day

Sunbury Gallery
Thames Street
TW16 6AB
19:00 h


Teatro Filodrammatici
Via Filodrammatici, 1
20121 Milano
19:30 h


London to Milan, Newcastle to New York…


I will be giving a first draft reading of a newly commissioned ‘journey work’ on the opening night of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Friday 7 June 2019.  This new poetic monologue, commissioned by Professor Maggie Rose of Università degli Studi di Milano, will be adapted for the stage and showcased in Milan in 2020.


Following a special preview in Venice in February I’m delighted to announce the American premiere of our film My Name Is Swan at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York on April 29.


To warm up, we have three shows in the North and North East of England organised with the assistance of Professor Paul Hardwick of Leeds Trinity beginning 27 March at the Newcastle Literary Salon, 3 April at The Hop Shack, Leeds and 4 April at the Waddington Street Centre, Durham.

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Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Milano

We performed ‘My Name Is Swan’ with a live slideshow compiled by filmmaker Adam Carr as part of Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Milano at MUDEC. We’ll be taking this event on tour after the film premiere at the East End Film Festival on 25th June.

We’re doing a reading and Q&A at Teatro Filodrammatici tomorrow night, Tues 16 May at 7:15 pm. Details here…

Some Italian facts about swans…

  • The last known ‘breeding pair’ of Italian swans were spotted on Lake Como in 1974. Their union had been blessed by the church in 1969. It was later discovered that both swans were in fact male. The church declined to comment.
  • It is believed the poet Dante once fell in love and proposed to a swan. Swans feature in much of his poetry: “When at last the swan returns to Italy / so shall be the soul of Lombardy restored.”
  • Mussolini is said to have ruptured a testicle after being attacked by a swan on the banks of the Po. Alpine partisans in WWII carried the insignia of the swan and two orbs on their berets.
  • A violent faction of the Juventus Ultras known as ‘Brigata del Cigno’ or ‘The Swan Brigade’ attend matches dressed in black and white swan feather costumes. They intimidate rival supporters by waving their arms about a lot and hissing.
  • Jan Noble will be performing his poetic monologue “My Name Is Swan” at three venues in Milan. Saturday, 13 May at 19:20h at the Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Milano, MUDEC, Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano. On Monday 15th May at 19:30h he will give a private reading at The Swan, Piazzale Loreto, 9, 20100 Milano. On Tuesday night, 16 May at 19:15h he will perform at the spectacular Teatro Filodrammatici , Via Filodrammatici, 1, 20121 Milano.




I’ve got two records coming out this month. One at the beginning of October, another at the end. The first is Swan. A poetic monologue that I’ll be reading at every Swan pub in London.  It features a bonus track, Munras, Pearl & Tyler, read by Zina Rohan and based on the affair between poets Elizabeth Smart and George Barker as outlined in their respective books By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept and The Dead Seagull. Swan is available as a CD and digital download on iTunes from the 6th October. Pre-Order on Amazon now or buy a copy from me at one of the shows.

The White Swan, Fetter Lane, 4th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan, Twickenham, 5th Oct, 7pm
The Swan Hotel, Staines, 6th Oct, 7pm
The Swan Inn, Isleworth, 8th Oct, 2pm
The Swan, Wimbledon, 10th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan, Victoria, 11th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan, Covent Garden, 12th Oct, 7pm
The Mute Swan, Hampton Court, 13th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan, Aldgate, 17th Oct, 7pm
The Old Swan, Kensington, 18th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan & Cuckoo, Wapping, 20th Oct, 7pm
The White Swan, Islington, 27th, 7pm


“Assemblage de choses de meme nature au nombre de douze” or 12 poems in 12 books in 1 box


“Assemblage de choses de même nature au nombre de douze”

Twelve signed & numbered limited edition
7″ single poem paperback books in a single box

Product Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 5 cm
Contains 12 x 7″ paperback books
Publisher: Not Your Average Type (12 Jan 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1907513-12-1
RRP: £121
Buy Now

Free Epub edition (text version only)
available for iPhone and iPad
ISBN-13: 978-1907513-25-1
Download for free on iTunes

Over the last twelve months I released twelve single poem 7″ paperback books, one per month. They are available today (12/01/2011) as the boxed set  “Assemblage de choses de même nature au nombre de douze” or 12 poems in 12 books in 1 box.

This box set includes About She Goes, Illustrated lyrics of the poem that features on Cesarians 1, the debut album by the Cesarians, the single from This is is what I wanted to give you set by Donna McKevitt with cover artwork by artist Chris Briggs, a collaboration with fine art illustrator Ali Hutchinson on Goldfish as well as the long poem Tide commissioned last year by the East End Film Festival.