George T. Watt was born in Clydebank, raised in Edinburgh, and lives in Dundee. Although his childhood was lived in Edinburgh, school holidays were always spent on a sheep farm in the West of Scotland and this gave him a love of the Scottish hills and glens which remains with him and influences his work to this day.
After he left school he began his working life on the Island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides. Farm work took him to most parts of Scotland and it was during this part of his life that he came into daily contact with the Scots language. After 25 years working on farms, George moved to Dundee. He also started studying with the Open University, graduating with 1st Class Honours in Literature in 2006. It was during this time that he started writing poetry seriously although he does also write an occasional short story.
Writing at first in English, he now writes almost exclusively in Scots and is published in Lallans, (the journal of the Scots Language Society) The Ileach, Eiks an Ens (on line journal), New Writing Scotlandand Gutter. He has also published three pamphlets, Abune the Toun, An Ulster Triptych and Abune Thaim Aa. An Ulster Triptych was featured on BBC Radio Ulster’s A Kist o Words.