This series of podcasts has been brought to you by SICK! Digital as part of SICK! Festival 2022.

Presented by Marketing and Communications Officer,  Anne Nwakalor, this episode is an interview with Creative Director and Spoken Word Artist, CourtsWrites. Courtney worked on a project with us called SICK! Cars which is currently being exhibited during this year’s festival at The Green.

Courtney will also be presenting and performing in our Unmasking Masculinity event on the 18th of May. Click HERE for more information.

CourtsWrites (Courtney Hayles) is a spoken word artist, poet, writer and multidisciplinary creative director who works mainly with musical poetry, movement, theatre and film to bring his stories to life. Following time in touring theatre as an actor, he moved into arts education and theatre production with a focus on developing ethical leadership in young people – especially those who, like himself, came from low socio-economic backgrounds. During this time, he honed his skills in playwriting, set design, filmmaking and artistic direction. With his recent work, he has become known for addressing difficult subjects such as toxic masculinity, black identity, trauma and family, inviting new perspectives and ways of thinking.

Previous projects include Blink commissioned by Northern Voices as part of Manchester Collective (2021), Imprint as part of PUSH ARTS Festival (2019-21) and Rage With Words (2020).

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Arts Council England

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