About Catriona Knapman

Thank you for visiting my site. Here you will find stories, poems and photos from around the world. 

Over the past ten years I have lived in nine countries in four continents, working on land rights, human rights and gender for NGOs. I write fiction, non-fiction and poetry and this page contains updates on my writing. It is not affiliated with any organisation.

I am part of PBH Free Fringe in the Edinburgh Fringe 2016. My spoken word show Out On The World’ is on at Opium Bar, Cowgate from 6 -16 August, at 16.15. Read an excerpt here.

It is a journey through poems and stories across three countries: Nicaragua, Egypt and Burma. If you are around Edinburgh do come by and check it out.

If you are a journalist or reviewer and want to know more, contact me at: catrionakn[at]gmail.com

To read my published work: My writing or Poems.

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Let’s connect!

Unless otherwise stated, all words and images on this page are copyright of Catriona Knapman. If you would like to re-use them, please be kind enough to ask permission or credit in full. Thank you.

Performing outside the wonderful Scottish Poetry Library.


    1. Thanks Kate! Loved your photos, I’m also a keen photographer, love seeing what other people are doing for inspiration. You do really great close-up/ macro shots. Hope you like LuckyDipLIfe.


  1. Catriona! I’m so so glad you stopped by my blog so I could meet yours. I love it! Sounds like we have a lot in common (on paper) and I am full of respect for you Human Rights/Development work. I know a little about its unique challenges through a very close friend working in SEA and often wonder if I’d have what it takes to see those projects through, she is one tough lady.

    Really looking forward to reading more.



    1. Hi Kate, Thanks for your comment and your enthusiasm. I loved your blog too. Yes human rights work can be tough and draining at times, but I think there are many rewards. I find it so interesting that it keeps me going though the challenges – I don’t think I could give it up! 🙂 Look forward to reading more of your work soon.


  2. Hi Catriona, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for commenting. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying my blog. It is also nice to meet a fellow writer and photographer. Thanks again! Rashelle


  3. After going through the above mentioned ‘i like…” and “I don’t like…’….my take is that I like your blog! Looking forward to reading more posts on people who inspire.


      1. I’m glad that I made you laugh. Since you are into Human rights and I prefer working in the not for profit sector for under-priveleged children, I am sure some of our stories would inspire each other. Keep following ghummakkad!


  4. thanks for your recent like of my post “The Joys of the Journey-Scenes from a car window ” on my Not In India 2012 blog…and for bringing me here. 🙂 I love your idea for this blog and look forward to exploring further and following you as well. If you enjoy photography and stories about people, you might also enjoy my India Journal Blog at: http://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com.
    with love light and JOY


    1. Thanks for the reply Jane. I will definitely take a look at some of your other posts. Looking forward to reading more. It seems like you have had some interesting journeys. Bw,


  5. Thank you for your interest. I really appreciate it. I write stories and poetry with various backgrounds.

    With Middle Eastern background:


    With other backgrounds:


    I hope they’re not too bad. Thank you again, and many blessings to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein


  6. Six languages, hey? And I LOVE Marmite, by the way! Thanks for your visit. I’m looking forward to looking around your site!


  7. Wonderful two blogs you have – I remember your human rights blog appearing just when I started blogging, so take the nomination just received as a real honour. I loved Nicaragua, and was in Sarajevo a few times in the 1990s. There is no city quite like Sarajevo. There was no city like it in early 1990s. There are no women like the women of Sarajevo. None – some come close, but… anyway, thanks again. I put a couple of posts about Sarajevo but of course refrained from linking, which is bad manners in this context. There is more, but thought it would rather be better in a book. As far as your emotions about dictators go, I found the dictator and ex dictator of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan quite unpalatable, and if you do have just a moment or two I wrote a sardonic piece on each – am not trying to promote, just think you might see the humour.Best regards. And thank you for now.


    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments! I will def make time to read some of the posts you mentioned – it must have been so interesting to be in those countries at that time – a lot of changes since then. Many Nicaraguans I met have fond memories of times in the Balkans and the Eastern part of Europe and people often surprise with their ability to speak extremely fluent Russian! Bw,


      1. I just loved Nicaragua in the 1980s – always carry thoughts of the country, and was given the nickname I use here, Managua, which I now use as a pen name. Interesting about the Balkans! Lovely connection.


    1. Thank you so much for this lovely compliment. It is really appreciated. Sorry for being a bit slow in replying and also in blogging at the moment. Moving jobs and country in the past month and no internet connection at home at the mo. Hope to have that sorted and be present here a bit more soon!


    1. Thanks for your comment. I really liked your blog – very entertaining. Six languages – yes some better than others. A product of living abroad the past ten years. Each time I move I need to learn a new language to be able to communicate with people. I think it is the best way to get to know a country. At the moment it is Burmese – which is not easy but quite sweet.


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