Curtis Watt - May 2016

         Curtis and his Djembe

         Curtis and his Djembe

Curtis Watt

Ever since my mother was writing a book when I was a child (which, unfortunately, she didn’t get to finish), I wanted to have a go at writing. So at the age of 7 I wrote a poem called The Light of Life. Little did I know at the time that I would grow up to become a professional writer and workshop leader!

Now I spend most of my time writing and assisting others in their pursuit of that perfect poem, story, rap, song or speech. My work takes me up and down the country as well as abroad. I love meeting new people, doing book signings and performances, and helping people express their thoughts and feelings. I believe that as human beings we are born creative, but the structures of society, such as school and work, can accidentally overwhelm such natural abilities. My job as a creative coach isn’t, therefore, to teach people how to create but to remind them that they can.

Writing is such a therapeutic activity that I have witnessed what can almost be described as miracles, when people who don’t ordinarily engage or even speak in public overcome their social issues and seize the opportunity to share their work. So I don’t exaggerate when I say that writing, reading and listening can change lives for the better.

For me, there are few things as enjoyable as creating and telling riddle poems and poems about the invisible mechanisms behind social issues, as well as making people laugh. I also do rap sets, music recording and production, both capturing the authenticity in people’s voices and making them sound supernatural.

Thanks other artists I have worked with and organisations such as the Windows Project, my skills and experience never stop increasing. I hope to be a published novelist very soon and to continue creating word combinations that allow people to explore both the internal and external universe.