Young People’s Laureate for London
Cecilia Knapp edits a new poetry anthology


Spread the Word’s Young People’s Laureate for London Cecilia Knapp has curated a new poetry anthology Everything is going to be all right: Poems for when you really need them. 

From grief to toothache, heartbreak to homesickness, the power of finding solace in the words of another cannot be overstated.

Whether it was written 300 years ago or in our present day, poetry provides a comforting light in the dark. Words may not always provide solutions, but they can at the very least offer us a sense of hope, and the reassurance that we are not alone in our experiences and in our feelings.

This poetry first-aid kit is a ready-made toolkit that offers you a light in the dark, no matter what you are feeling. Comprising poems from literary classics to new, cutting edge voices writing about the world today, this extraordinary collection proves that we are never alone in the suffering we endure, and in the human spirit’s capacity to overcome.

Whether you are well-versed in poetry or sceptical to the power it holds, we hope that this collection will surprise you, entertain, and ultimately offer comfort through those difficult days.

Featuring poems from: Roger Robinson, Laurie Bolger, Yomi Sode, Jay Bernard, Rachel Long, Raymond Antrobus, Salena Godden, Theresa Lola, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson and many, many more.

Spread the Word is giving away three copies on Twitter and on Instagram.

Cecilia Knapp is the Young People’s Laureate for London – a writer, poet and playwright.  She has performed her work all over the UK and internationally. Commissions include the TATE, The Guardian and the BBC and she has been featured in Vogue as one of the UK’s young poets to watch. She was shortlisted for the role of London Laureate in 2018 and longlisted for the 2019 Outspoken poetry prize.
She is currently poet in residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital and tutors the Roundhouse Poetry Collective as well as teaching creative writing and poetry for a number of other theatres, schools and organisations.
Cecilia is an ambassador for  C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) a charity that aims to reduce the silent stigma around depression, mental health and suicide.

To learn more about Cecilia, please visit or find her on Twitter @ceciliaknapp

Competition Terms and Conditions 

  • This competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom.

  • Entrants to the competition must be 18+. 

  • No purchase necessary.

  • Only one competition entry per person.

  • Winners will be the first entries drawn randomly after the closing date of 12 August 2021 12pm (midday) BST. 

  • We will not share your personal details with third parties unless you have won the competition, in order for you to receive your prize. These details are to be used for prize-giving only and not marketing purposes.

  • No responsibility can be taken for entries lost or damaged in transit.

  • Spread the Word will not enter into any correspondence.

  • All winners will be notified accordingly. If any of the chosen winners do not respond within two weeks, an alternative winner will be chosen.

  • Prizes subject to availability.

  • No cash alternative for any prizes will be offered.


Published 5 August 2021