Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer and poet. She graduated from Goldsmiths University with an English Literature Degree and is an alumni of the Roundhouse's prolific poetry mentoring scheme. Cecilia is now a resident artist at the Roundhouse where they support her to make work. Over the last few years Cecilia 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 also taken work to the Edinburgh Fringe and shared work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she was guest curator in 2016. She's also performed internationally. Her poetry has been played on XFM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, 5 LIVE and 1Xtra and she was recently commissioned by BBCiplayer and the TATE Britain. Cecilia has been published in several anthologies and has recently received a substantial Arts Council grant to write and develop her own one woman spoken word theatre show 'Finding Home', directed by Stef O'Driscoll ( Kate Tempest's 'Hopelessly Devoted'). This has recently been published by Burning Eye Books. She writes for theatre and is currently working on a devised experimental theatre piece 'Rear View' with Yorkshire based company I.O.U. This will embark on an extensive national tour in May 2017.
Cecilia has been described as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘totally gripping.’ Her writing 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.