Word Mechanic

     Words Are More Than Just Language, and A Name Is More Than Just A Name.

words Are More Than Just language

Words are my companions and my entertainers. To me, they are a natural flow of energy, each with their own vibration and feel.

They flex and flow and wax and wain and follow the natural rhythms of life.

I turn to words when I am alone and lonely. I engage in word mechanics:- wordplay, lexigrams, and double entendre. It helps pass the time when I am waiting for a bus, plane, train, etc.

Whilst watching travellers passing through those same waiting rooms, an organic stream of people flowing through an ever-changing environment that somehow always looks the same.

That’s life; a picture paints a thousand words, and a single word created life.

If you are a reader, then you know that words create entire worlds within books. Words provoke action, motivate change, and without a doubt, are the most potent weapon we possess.

The pen will always be mightier than the sword, especially in today’s world, where engagement in so many activities requires signed consent.

Books & Publications

Words As Energy

The Strangest  secret



Naz has described her writing as indescribable energy that grows inside her and manifests itself in words, art & movement.   This explosion of energy manifested itself for the first time at the age of 3; before she could formulate written prose.  Naz could view and interact with the world in a completely innovative way.

Often misunderstood by adults and her peers and habitually accused of speaking in riddles, Naz found solace in words – (Wordplay, Linguistics, Phonetics, Lexigrams etc.).  In this way, she formed a unique understanding of words; to her, each word is alive with its very own story for her to tell.

It is this energy that inspires Naz to do much of the very varied work that she does.  Her performance draws from her own experiences and view of the world. Her work testifies to the vibrant energy that glows inside her and spills out into the world.


Think Art. Think Therapy, Think Nine Red

A Name Is More Than Just A Name.

Each of her two names have their own identity and personality.  Her dual persona reflects her mixed heritage as a British-born Caribbean; this blend makes her performances so magical and mystical.  Her enchanting voice together with her thought-provoking words takes you on your own personal journey within a subtle dream.


Due to congenital dermal melanocytosis, Debra was likened to a Zebra; hence her Auntie Heather gave her that name at 3 months old.


Derives from her other name, Nzinga. Which was the name given to her at birth by her father. 

He could see in her a reflection of her namesake – Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, West Africa,  a warrior Queen of strength, intelligence, courage, grace and beauty.

Warrior By Name

Debra means “bee” symbolising community, brightness and personal power.  The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun (the Goddess), community and celebration.  Bees symbolism relates to fertility and sexuality because of pollination.

To the Celts Debra mean “bee” and is regarded as a ‘Messenger of the Gods’ and symbol of great wisdom.  They believed that bees could travel to the Otherworlds and bring back messages from the gods. 

Deb-Ra also contains the name of the Egyptian God, Ra.

Nzinga was a warrior Queen, who fought to keep her people out of slavery and established a society of art, culture, law, politics, economy, philosophy, and spirituality.

Knight, her last name, as in Knights of King Arthur.

She was born under the sign of Aries, ruled by Mars. The warrior God, star sign and planet. 

Queen Nzinga of Angola

“A living language, written in beauty, and adorned in truth.”


From Eve Ov Luton (Evolution) by Naz Knight.

Word Mechanic

A single line summarises her perfectly.  She’s a word mechanic, whose fluid, inspirational writing style appeals to the inner idealist.  Her creativity, insight and inspiration have had a real impact on the world.

Naz’s work is formed by understanding the interconnected historical nature of medicine and the arts.  She explores and heals emotions through combining the poetry, art, and movement therapy branches of expressive arts.

Naz is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice comprises of the exploration of the contrasting yet interconnected elements of light, projection, sound and movement to transform and connect people and spaces, using poetry that delivers messages across all levels of awareness.  Find out more about Naz Knightor Nine Red.

Naz’s poetry, art and writing testify to her unique relationship with words.  Consequently, her books and performances are powerful, intimate, collections of poems, prose and artwork, that have a transformative effect.


Books & Publication

Spoken Word