My Name Is Swan describes, through film, music and poetry, 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.
Launched at the Stoke Newington Literature Festival, My Name Is Swan has been performed live at the Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Milano, MUDEC, Teatro Filodrammatici and most recently at Poetry on the Lake in Orta Italy with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Poetry of force and impact La Stampa (Italy)
The poem has been broadcast on BBC radio and the text is currently being set by the University of Milan. The film received its world premiere at the East End Film Festival. A national UK spoken-word tour will take place in 2018 with the film’s international premiere expected in the spring.