A new book by a special needs child with a gift for his mother, that is equal to her own personal caring and encouragement, Keira Knightley: A Poet Child, recently hit the shelves and has already become a best seller. Every day, in fact, the title of the book is being used to describe special kids’ reading materials from authors and publishers that combine social justice with literary excellence.
As any parent can attest, parenting is never easy, particularly when you are a young child and the primary caregiver. Nevertheless, Kiley’s special needs father loves his little boy and has patiently worked with Kiley to create a special book series that his daughter will treasure.
Kiley and her family moved into an apartment across the hall from Keira Knightley, when she was shooting the film Precious. At the time, the location where the young actress was staying was across the street from her home. The immediate proximity to her was unusual but much to her delight.
When Keira Knightley and her family became used to living with their new neighbors, her family soon began talking about the “poetry” found in the books and what it meant. These children’s books, produced by an author who could not speak for herself, and so it was comforting to read a book by someone else who could be referred to as an authority figure. Children are naturally curious, and their curiosity sometimes can lead them to do things they might not otherwise do.
In this case, it was Kiley who asked her mother what she thought of Keira Knightley’s children’s books. Her mother responded by sharing her memories of Kiley and of a very loving relationship she shared with Keira Knightley. Over the years, Kiley had often asked her mother about the book she read to her, and whenever she did so, she would read to her. Her mother was delighted to read the details of what was in the book and the emotional reaction of her daughter to the stories.
When the original copy of that book was later discovered, it had a handwritten note by the author, thanking Kiley for letting her keep the book. According to the note, the author had wanted to find a way to thank her daughter for all the good books she had read and all the gifts of kindness. The story ended with the note that the writer believed she had done so.
Keira Knightley and her husband, Dan Farrelly, are fortunate enough to live in a world filled with opportunity and creativity. It was their own efforts, as parents, that created a platform for her to reach out to her daughter and meet her now.
Keira Knightley and her husband Dan, of which she and her children have been blessed, are uniquely positioned to meet children in the unique way they do. They appreciate the depth of their own influence on their daughter and their love for their own work. They have created a web site for their daughter and her needs and they have decided to be very active in promoting this site.
Keira Knightley and her husband Dan have expressed their deep gratitude to the parents who made it possible for their daughter to meet her potential. And so she has, and she continues to do so.
Keira Knightley is married to the British actor Danny Dyer, the father of her first child, Susan. Susan was born on May 5, 2020.
And so for Kiley, the past few years have been about a lot more than writing, not a great deal about writing and not about much of anything else at all. She and her husband Dan have helped create a place where their daughter’s genius can be appreciated and her dreams may be realized. Keira Knightley: A Poet Child was published by Causeway/Doubleday Press in 2020.