Testimonials and Reviews


“…in my view, the most original way of delivering poetry since Poems on the Underground.”

Carol Ann Duffy, writing about Candlestick Press shortly after it was set up by Jenny Swann


“Jenny's workshops at Manchester Art Gallery were a delight - full of energy, imagination and joy.”
Helena Tomlin, artist and curator (formerly Senior Curator of Formal Education at Manchester Art Gallery)


Poetry Reviews:

“ Flesh Tones, a work absolutely rich in humour and colour, left me reeling in a way I had not experienced since discovering Stevie Smith”  (The North)

“…delightfully subversive…” (Roddy Lumsden, Poetry London)

“Swann’s poems are beautifully textured.  She has an eye for the telling image; every word works for its place; she makes us look again and see the world afresh.” (Critical Review)

“In almost all her poems there is a passion for the double or multiple viewpoint…There cannot be many poets who could make ironing a man’s shirt feel like sculpting a statue of Apollo…” (Other Poetry)

“At first glance, many of the poems seem to be about ordinary middle-class life but they are Trojan Horses, carrying extraordinary, surprising, thought-provoking and deliciously irreverent messages.” (The Frogmore Papers)