Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

Writer, Performer, Facilitator

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

I'm a writer, performer and facilitator. I have been performing my writing around the UK and internationally for the last 5 years, headlining popular poetry nights and performing at festivals such as Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. I've taken my work to the Edinburgh Fringe, been played on XFM, Radio 1 and 1Xtra and been published in various anthologies. Last year, I was commissioned by the BBC to make a short film of one of my poems, which was showcased on iPlayer. Recently, I wrote a one woman play called Finding Home, which is supported by the Arts Council. Finding Home talks about loss, bereavement, our attitudes towards mental health and what is like growing up as a young female in the wake of these things. I intend for the show to inspire conversation and change around societies attitude towards subjects such as bereavement and mental health, by sharing my story and advocating self expression. Alongside my writing and performance, I teach creative writing workshops to a variety of people, in schools, for theatres and charities as well as in community settings. I completely champion the benefits of creative expression and endeavour to promote this in my career, through my teaching and performance. I am an ambassador for the mental health charity C.A.L.M and host and curate poetry, comedy music nights, which aim to reduce stigmas around mental health by raising awareness for this cause. I aim to teach workshops alongside my theatre piece 'Finding Home' encouraging participants to find their voice and tell their stories. 

Work History

Freelance Writer - Various

Jan 2011 - Present

Story Builder - Discover Children's Story Centre

Dec 2015 - Apr 2016

Youth Worker, Creative Practitioner - Hoxton Hall

Jul 2015 - Mar 2016

Poetry Workshop Facilitator - Apples and Snakes

Jun 2012 - Mar 2016

Youth Engagement Officer - The Roundhouse

May 2014 - May 2015

Education

English Literature - BA ENGLISH LITERATURE - Goldsmiths

Sep 2011 - Aug 2014

History, Politics, English Literature, Drama - A levels grade A and A* - Brighton Hove and Sussex 6th Form College

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010

G.C.S.E - 10 G.C.S.E GRADE A*-C - Priory School, Lewes

Sep 2003 - Jul 2008

Skills

  • Facilitation
  • Scriptwriting
  • Live Performance
  • Poetry
  • Practitioner
  • spoken word
  • Teaching
  • Theatre

Network