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Peach Pig: The debut collection from the Young People s Laureate for London, Forward Prize-shortlisted author

Cecilia Knapp

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Peach Pig is the debut collection of poetry by the former young people's laureate Cecilia Knapp, as she grapples with grief and the detachment young women today feel. Full of Cecilia's vivacious hope, persistence and direct, deadpan humour, hers is a hugely relatable and bold new voice.

'Cecilia Knapp is a great writer. I love her' KAE TEMPEST

In her devastatingly powerful debut collection, Cecilia Knapp examines the experience of motherlessness and its lasting impact, as well as the lessons passed between generations of women.

These poems explore women's complicated relationship with their bodies, with sex, and with shame as she traverses the violence of romantic love, but also employs humour and mischief, a wry reclaiming of power.

We hear stories of a challenging childhood in a seaside town, a girl growing up, getting out and reckoning with the guilt of being 'one of these people now.'

The collection also offers a look at Knapp's close relationship with her older brother, his struggles with addiction and, eventually, his death. With tenderness, she remembers him and unpacks the unique grief that comes after a suicide.

Peach Pig is a candid and unflinching look at loss, an attempt to find a language for it. It grapples with feelings of anxiety, insecurity and displaced anger; but it is also a collection full of dreams, hope and vibrant persistence, a willingness to question and to carry on.

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Praise for Peach Pig: The debut collection from the Young People s Laureate for London, Forward Prize-shortlisted author

  • Cecilia Knapp is a great writer. I love her

  • Cecilia Knapp is a rare, rare talent. The sort of writer you get excited to have found and then look forward to devouring more of their work

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Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp is a poet and novelist and the Young People's Laureate for London 2020/2021. She was shortlisted for the 2022 Forward prize for best single poem. She is the winner of the 2021 Ruth Rendell award and has been shortlisted for both the Rebecca Swift Women's Prize and the Outspoken poetry prize. Her poems have appeared in The White Review, Granta, Wasafiri, Popshot, Ambit, Magma and bath magg. She curated the anthology Everything is Going to be Alright: Poems for When you Really Need Them, published by Trapeze in 2021. Her debut novel Little Boxes is published by The Borough Press. She teaches poetry and creative writing in a number of settings and lives in London.

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