Cecilia Knapp is an alumni of the Camden Roundhouse’s prolific poetry mentoring scheme and is now a resident artist at the venue, who support her to make work. She’s headlined at some of London’s most well known poetry nights as well as nationally and internationally, sharing work at the Cheltenham Literature Festival where she was a guest curator in 2016, and enjoying runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has made commissioned work for the BBC and the TATE, had her work published in anthologies, and shared her work on stages at festivals including Bestival and Secret Garden Party. Her poetry as been played on both XFM, BBC radio 1 and 1Xtra. Cecilia was nominated for the role of Young London Laureate in 2016. She 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. Her one woman theatre piece Finding Home is supported by both the Roundhouse and the Arts Council and will tour in 2017.
Alongside performing, Cecilia frequently facilitates creative writing workshops in various settings such as schools, Universities, theatres, prisons and for charities. She is an ambassador for the mental health charity C.A.L.M. She campaigns for greater awareness around mental health and advocates using creativity to enable this.