Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, theatre maker and poet. She has headlined at some of the UK's top poetry nights and performed on stages at festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. She's taken work to the Edinburgh Fringe as well as internationally and shared work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she was guest curator in 2016. She was an artist in residence at the Roundhouse and spent a year on their board as a young trustee representing young artists. More recently she's been artist in residence at Pimlico Library creating work with the community. Her poetry has been played on XFM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, 5 LIVE and 1Xtra and she has featured in Vogue, Dazed and Jungle magazines.
Recent commissions include The Guardian, BBCiplayer and the TATE. Cecilia delivered a Ted X talk at Warwick university on the theme of creativity and healing. Her one woman theatre show 'Finding Home', an exploration of loss, mental health and womanhood, directed by Stef O'Driscoll ( Kate Tempest's 'Hopelessly Devoted') has been published by Burning Eye Books and has toured the UK extensively. She writes for theatre and has just completed a two year tour of devised experimental theatre piece 'Rear View' with Yorkshire based company I.O.U, a piece described as “theatre at its most ambitious and idiosyncratic” (Lyn Gardner.) Her second play 'Losing the Night' premiered at the Roundhouse in June 2018 and will be redeveloped at The Brighton Dome in 2019. She is working on her debut poetry collection and she is writing her first novel.
Cecilia has been described as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘totally gripping.’ Her writing has been described as 'light as a birds feather' (Lyn Gardner.)
Alongside performing, Cecilia regularly facilitates creative writing and spoken word workshops in schools and youth centres in London and the rest of the UK as well as internationally. She's also worked in libraries, prisons, hospitals, workplaces and theatres delivering workshops to a wide range of people. She is the current poet in residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital , writer in residence at Fulham Cross school and one of the lead tutors for the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
Cecilia is an ambassador for C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) a charity that aims to reduce the silent stigma around depression, mental health and suicide.