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A Proper Goodbye

June 15, 2018 | Tags: | Comments Closed

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 »

Remnant: Celebrate with Me

February 26, 2018 | Comments Closed

Big news! My second book, Remnant, is due out from Burlesque Press in late March at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. Please come along to celebrate with me if you’re in the vicinity! If you’re in the UK, please join me in Cheltenham on 12th April at St Andrews Church or at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on 22nd April. 

Remnant is set in the not-so-distant future in the American Midwest after an agricultural collapse. My first degree is in botany and environmental conservation–I’ve been thinking about … More »

If I Was Asking for Help

December 17, 2017 | Comments Closed

I was walking home this morning in the rain. Across a busy intersection, an elderly woman with a walker stood waiting. When the lights changed, I made my way towards her. By the time I reached the middle of the intersection, three people had surrounded her, one stopping traffic, two ready to guide her to the other side.

All morning I’d been thinking about kindness. Matt Callahan of We Make Good Happen spoke on 6Music in the early hours today about how buying someone groceries changed his life. It reminded … More »

A Kitchen in Rural Missouri

September 17, 2017 | Tags:, , , , , , ,  | Comments Closed

This morning as I ate my porridge, I listened to Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 6. She played bits and bobs from an interview with fifth generation baker Tom Herbert. She asked him about music and baking, about music and food. His response reminded me how much I love to listen to music while I’m in the kitchen. Songs like Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ for washing dishes, Mishka’s album Above the Bones for preparing apple and blackberry crumble. For the past year, I’ve been writing in response to 52, … More »