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Writing for a Friend

March 19, 2020 | Tags:, , , , ,  | 1 Comment

I bought a giant roll of toilet paper at the corner shop this morning. Yesterday, I tried four different shops and went home with nothing. Today, success. At the Asian store on the High Street, I bought a 10 kilo bag of rice, mung beans, ginger, red chillies and pandang. Two of my students were browsing the aisles. They saw me at the till and asked if I was shopping for the apocalypse. I said yes, and laughed.

But oh, times are so serious. London might be under lockdown … More »

On Retreat

August 18, 2019 | Comments Closed

An aerial view of Gardoussel, near St Andre de Valborgne, France

My mind is filled with sunshine, cicadas and swimming. I’ve just spent a week in the mountains of southern France. I go to a small retreat in the Cévennes National Park each year to work on books-in-progress, to reconnect with nature and summer heat and a love of wild swimming. My first time visiting Gardoussel was at a retreat lead by Roselle Angwin. Since then, I’ve created my own retreats and written with folks like poet Sharon Black, and … More »

Fabulous Five-OH!

November 13, 2018 | Comments Closed

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for years. The lovely friend Karen who first encouraged me to write down what I’m thankful for passed away this summer. I miss her, and I’m grateful for the love and joy she brought into my life. As I’m getting ready to celebrate fifty years on this earth, I thought I’d share some things I’m grateful for…

The deep blue of the sky on a late fall day in Cheltenham.

Trees.

My body, its resiliency, strength, and ability to get me from point A … More »

A Proper Goodbye

June 15, 2018 | Tags: | 1 Comment

My UK ‘mum’ Val Hopkins died in May. It was quite sudden–the cancer the surgeons thought they’d removed came back suddenly. Just two weeks before I got the message that she was in hospice, she’d served me tea at her house.  Her passing was so swift. I didn’t get to say a proper goodbye. 

I rented a room from Val and her husband Harry when I first moved to England. I was vulnerable then–I’d just changed jobs, moved country, left my children behind and was on the verge of divorce. Val … More »

Q&A Remnant

May 4, 2018 | Tags:, , , , ,  | Comments Closed

You have questions about Remnant. I have answers! Thanks to American writer Letitia Moffitt, I have an interview to share with you. 

Letitia Moffitt: It seems to me you write just about everything! Poetry, creative nonfiction, stage plays, novellas, and now a dystopian novel—impressive, to say the least. What made you decide to write this particular novel and how do you think your experience writing in multiple genres has contributed to it?

Lania Knight: Thanks! I am eternally curious, so maybe that’s part of why I like to try my … More »