KnappChats part two – Cecilia Knapp in conversation with Rachel Long


KnappChats is Young People’s Laureate for London Cecilia Knapp’s series of conversations with writers whose work she loves. The series gives space to writers doing incredible things with their creativity from a range of perspectives, showcases different journeys into writing, and explores the power of writing.

In this KnappChat, Cecilia talks with poet Rachel Long. They talk about why writing matters, poetry as a mirror to the world, share top tips for young people who want to write and much more. The video conversation is captioned.

Rachel Long is a poet and founder of the Octavia Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, in London. Rachel’s poetry and prose have been published widely, most recently in Filigree, Mal and The White Review. Since 2015 she has been Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam-La Rose on The Barbican Young Poets programme. Rachel Long’s debut collection of poems, My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in 2020. 

Published 8 April 2021