My name is John Coutts. I’m British by birth and I’ve spent most of my life in the UK. My first language is English. I currently live in southwest Spain where I moved with my family in the spring of 2007.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve had numerous articles and web copy pieces on just about every subject published on many diverse web sites. I’ve also written ebooks and press releases for many clients over the years. February 14, 2018, marked 22 years I have been in business, primarily as a writer.
I’m a freelance journalist part of the time. I wrote a weekly column for a Scottish newspaper for just over 10 years between 1998 and 2008. For three years running, this newspaper was voted Scottish Newspaper of the Year. I like to think that my weekly column helped at least a little.
In 2014, six years after I stopped writing that column, I was contacted again by the newspaper and asked if I’d like to revive my popular weekly column again. I happily accepted.
I have co-authored three books, working together with the manager of a Scottish museum, which won the prestigious Scottish Museum Of The Year award in the Education Category in 2000. The museum cited two CD-ROM’s that I designed, authored and created for them as being “of pivotal importance” in their receiving the award.
Although I live in Spain, I still keep in close contact with work colleagues and clients in the UK, as well as work colleagues and clients in the US. I regularly visit both countries, and even was married in the USA in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of North Carolina in the summer of 2003.
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of Spain (well, I think so). The Province of Cáceres in Extremadura borders Portugal to the west, Castilla la Mancha to the east and Castilla y Leon to the north. To the south is Extremadura’s other Province of Badajoz.
Cáceres has been described as one huge nature park, and it is too. We have some of the rarest birds in Europe. We have rolling plains, deep valleys and thrusting mountains. In summer the temperatures soar to over 40 degrees Celsius, but in winter it often goes below freezing. It’s dry most of the time with over 320 days of sunshine, and did I mention the food?
Extremadura is famous for its food. Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Give me Extremadura and I will feed the whole of Europe!” He wasn’t joking either. This is a place where the modern rubbish that goes into food is largely unknown. Here the cheeses are pure and wonderful. The wine is natural and unblended, and the things they do with ham is almost magical!
The header image of this web site was taken by my son, Frank, one evening in March, 2018. It was taken in the countryside less than a mile from where we live. He is a professional photographer. You can check out some of his work at FrankCoutts.com.
OK, this page is supposed to be about me, but in a way, knowing what Cáceres and Extremadura is like, lets you know more about me. This is my home now. It’s where I’ve chosen to live, and it’s a great home too!