My Name Is Swan

A poetic monologue
A short film

/// Intense and chilling | The Guardian
/// Poetry of strength and impact | La Stampa (Italy)

Launched at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Jan Noble has performed his poetic monologue My Name is Swan at every ‘swan’ pub in London and at venues and festivals across Europe, most recently with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

He has read it on BBC Radio and a film of the poem premiered at the Curzon Cinema at the East End Film Festival. The text is currently being set on the Università degli Studi di Milano syllabus.


Drawing on Jan Noble’s 15 years experience teaching poetry and creative writing in prisons and on psychiatric wards, My Name Is Swan describes a 24 hour journey across London.

An odyssey of loss and belonging, lies and loyalty, ownership and neglect, Brexit and heartbreak, drugs and the suburbs, boredom, football violence, vandalism, happiness, isolation, addiction, rivers, shopping trolleys, love, hope and the metropolitan malaise…

Addressing the growing social and economic disparity of the modern city, it is most of all a beautifully evocative portrait of London, the struggles it presents and the solutions it offers.

My Name Is Swan
Dir. Adam Carr
Music: Samuel Kilcoyne & Takatsuna Mukai
Poem: Jan Noble

/// Smart, gorgeous, a pleasure for the eye and ear | Fred Barney Taylor (filmmaker)


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