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.


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 »

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 »