Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, theatre maker and poet. Over the last few years Cecilia has headlined at some of the UK's top poetry nights. She's performed on stages at festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. She's also 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, where she spent a year on their board as a young trustee. 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. She was recently commissioned by BBCiplayer and the TATE Britain. Cecilia delivered a Ted X talk at Warwick university on the theme of creativity and healing. She has received a substantial Arts Council grant to write and develop her own one woman spoken word theatre show 'Finding Home', and exploration of loss, mental health and womanhood, directed by Stef O'Driscoll ( Kate Tempest's 'Hopelessly Devoted'). This has recently been published by Burning Eye Books and has toured the UK extensively. She writes for theatre and is currently touring a devised experimental theatre piece 'Rear View' with Yorkshire based company I.O.U. She is writing her first novel. Her debut collection of poetry will be published in 2018 by Burning Eye Books.
Cecilia has been described as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘totally gripping.’ Her writing has been described as 'light as a birds feather' (Lyn Gardner) and focuses on the poetry in everyday life, experience and human interaction. She believes writing and sharing stories to be transformative and uniting.
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. Cecilia believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of creative expression and how it can be transformative. She's chaired panels at the London Festival of Education and the Roundhouse's Last Word Festival, discussing the importance of creativity in the curriculum. Alongside writing, performing and teaching she co runs a poetry, comedy and music night which raises money and awareness for C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) .The charity aims to reduce the silent stigma around depression, mental health and suicide. Cecilia believes that writing and creativity can contribute to reducing this stigma and can have a hugely positive impact on those suffering or affected.