Maggie was born in Crosby, Liverpool. She studied at Southport Art College and Liverpool Polytechnic where she gained a BA in Illustration. At London's Central School of Art and Design she did an MA in Graphic Design followed by post graduate studies in Medieval Art, Archaeology and Old English at University College London.
Her work for Fighting Fantasy was through Penguin Books in 1983 to 1984. In 1987 she began work in advertising (with customers including British Airways, Marks and Spencers and Wedgwood). She also designed greeting cards and stationery. However, in 1989 she met Eunice McMullen, one time manager of "The Puffin Club" and "Puffin School Book Clubs" and also former head of marketing for Macmillan Children's Books. After this meeting, Maggie returned to the illustration of children's books. She has since worked consistently in children's books.
Other Fighting FantasyEdit
- Issue 1 (Penguin, 1984)
Outside of Fighting FantasyEdit
Kneen is the illustrator of many children's books. She is the illustrator of Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins, Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke, Babe by Dick King-Smith, and other picture books.
She also does finely detailed artwork in designing motifs and illustrations for Wedgewood China.