Dr Rachel Knightley

I’m a fiction and non-fiction author, presenter and coach, with a background in directing and performing. I’m a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), hold a LAMDA Diploma of Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) and a PGCert in Teaching Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. I coach communication and performance as life skills: onstage or offstage, switchboard or boardroom, interviewee or interviewer, an authentic relationship with your audience builds you confidence and turns their day around. 

I moved away from theatre to finish my PhD and focus on writing, but the years I spent acting and directing formed my fascination with perception and reality, and how the roles we play in life affect our identity. This is why I love coaching, and the power a coaching relationship has to explore aims and create confidence and authenticity in art and life. You’ll also find those themes in my short story collection, Beyond Glass (Black Shuck Books, May 2021), in the stories I contributed to anthologies such as Dreamland (Black Shuck Books) and Uncertainties Vol. 3 (Swan River Press, featuring Joyce Carol Oates) as well as my regular features and short stories for magazines, including Starburst and Jewish Renaissance.  I’m also the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit and  GCSE Drama Revision and Study Guide (Illuminate/Hodder Educational). 

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