Welcome to my website

You can find information about my novels, The Male Gaze (Picador 2007), Besotted (Picador 2010) and The Book of Air (Clink Street, 2017).

My latest project, Out of the Frame: Poems on Paintings, is an illustrated performance based on a series of poems I wrote during the first lockdown (March-June 2020). The poems were performed at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe in June 2023 and two performances are scheduled for 2024: see below for details. The book is now available – to buy a copy, contact Joe Treasure via the contact form.

You can also link to my blog, where I post from time to time on random subjects.

Out of the Frame

Cover of the Out of the Frame book

Out of the Frame began as a lockdown project and is Joe Treasure’s first collection of poems.

Art from six centuries brought dramatically to life through the imagined voices of the artists, their models and the figures they represent.

Hear the thoughts of a trio of disdainful goddesses, a couple of WWI veterans (one British, one German), a woman hurrying to meet her lover in 19th century Paris, the bewildered wife of a medieval Italian merchant and a modern couple falling out over a picture in a gallery.
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Details of the performance at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe

The poems were performed in 2022 and 2023 at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe. Two performances are scheduled for 2024:
20 February 2024, 7.30pm at the Friends of the Highgate Library, London (fohl.org.uk). For more details, download the poster.
23 February 2024, 6.30pm as part of the Keble Arts Festival, Oxford.

Praise from the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2022:
Out of the frame and into a fairyland of pictures and words. I loved this!” (Nicoline)
What an inventive, witty and entertaining way of discovering paintings through poetry” (Adam)


Watch Joe Treasure being interviewed by Lucinda Hawksley on Inside Story, a Goldster Book Club series.


The cover for 'The Male Gaze'

The Male Gaze was identified as a ‘hot ticket’ by the Independent on Sunday. Selected by BBC Radio Five Live as book of the month.
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The cover of Besotted

BESOTTED unfolds like an origami bird, the layers both subtle and complex. It is a rite of passage tale about passivity and passion. Read more…

The Book of Air is a compelling, character driven tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic future.
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