About J.S.Watts

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J.S.Watts is a UK writer. She was born in London and now lives and writes in East Anglia. In between, she read English at Somerville College, Oxford and spent many years working in the education sector. She remains committed to the ideals of further and higher education despite governments of assorted political persuasions trying to demolish them. Her poetry, short stories and book reviews appear in a variety of publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and the States including Acumen, Brittle Star, Envoi, Hand + Star, Mslexia and Orbis and have been broadcast on BBC and independent Radio. She has been Poetry Reviews Editor for Open Wide Magazine and Poetry Editor for Ethereal Tales. Her debut poetry collection, "Cats and Other Myths" and a subsequent multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet, "Songs of Steelyard Sue" are published by Lapwing Publications. Her novel, "A Darker Moon" is published by Vagabondage Press.
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20 January 2015

Film of the Book? Blog of the Film.

Jane Bwye, author of Breath of Africa (which was impressively nominated for both The Guardian First Book Award and Not The Booker Prize 2013) and i lift up my eyes, has very generously allowed me to write a guest post for her regular blog, thus allowing me to fantasise about who might play characters from my novels A Darker Moon and Witchlight.

If you want to find out whom I should like to play Abel from A Darker Moon, or which actresses are the perfect fit for Holly, my lead character from the forthcoming novel Witchlight, just click here.

If you don't, you'll always be left wondering...


14 January 2015

Diaries, Calendars and New Year Intentions

As I'm sure you've noticed, it's 2015 already and, at the time of writing this, we're fourteen days into the New Year.

In timely (well, almost timely) fashion the Christmas decorations are being put away in boxes and consideration is being given to the 2015 calendar of events and performances. J.S will be giving her first poetry reading of the New Year at Slack Folk in Colchester, Essex on Saturday 14th February. The event, which is a wonderful mixture of folk music and poetry, will start at 2pm and J.S. is expected to take the stage at about 2.55pm.

Further events will be added to the Events Page in due course. If you want to hear J.S.Watts reading her poetry and prose live, or attend one of her workshops, you should keep an eye open for future updates.

Alternatively, if you would like J.S. to perform at an event or come to give a talk to a group that you organise, please make contact via this website's Contact Page. J.S. can also be reached via the Contact An Author website, which is a great way to look for writers for specific events.

30 December 2014

Harry's Cat is Waiting

Just in time for the New Year - well, okay, a couple of days early, but that just gives you more reading time - Harry's Cat is waiting for you in Issue 10 of The Literary Hatchet.

As you tuck into your New Year's feast (or your Christmas left-overs), Harry's Cat is a digestive treat for those suffering from an overindulgence of kitten cuteness on Facebook and other social media sites.

Harry's Cat is a brand new short story from J.S.Watts. It appears in Issue 10 of The Literary Hatchet, along with a festive banquet of stories, pictures and poems from some fantastic writers and artists, and you can download it for free here .

22 December 2014

Seasons Wishes

Best Wishes for the 2014 Winter Holiday Season - whichever festival you choose (or do not choose) to celebrate



15 December 2014

The Sound of White Space

Would you like a brand new short story from J.S.Watts for free? Would you like to hear J.S. read one of her stories?

If you answered "yes" to either of the above questions, you are in luck. "White Space", a brand new, darkly quirky short story by J.S.Watts is available for free via the audio magazine "The Breakroom Stories" and it's J.S. who is reading it.

So if you want to hear what J.S. sounds like, or if you just want to have a new short story read to you whilst you snuggle down in your armchair to avoid the cold and white of winter click here , except, of course, the white wastes of winter might just be waiting for you in the story...

4 November 2014

Letters To Autumn - a second posting

Further details of 19th November's special event:

27 October 2014

Letters to Autumn

As Summer retreats to rest, Autumn comes out to play in Cambridge. Letters to Autumn is an evening of celebration with acoustic music, spoken word and art to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice and all the inspiring work they do.

It is taking place at CB2 Bistro, 5-7 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD Cambridge, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 19th November. The requested entry donation is £5, though additional donations are welcome.

There will also be a chance to enter a raffle which will be announced in December's event, baked goods and a short talk from Arthur Rank Hospice.

Expect to see these wonderfully brilliant people:

Fay Roberts
Russell J Turner
J.S. Watts 
Poppy Puck Kleiser 
Amélie Deblauwe

Fay Roberts
Fay Roberts is a peripatetic percussive performance poet by night and a professional projector by day. Known for her mellow tones and occasional flights into metaphysics, she also runs the Cambridge branch of the Hammer & Tongue slam series, and her own poetry label Allographic (which functions as a small press and a platform for performers), and was Artistic Director of the Spoken Word section of The Free Fringe in Edinburgh 2013-2014. http://www.fayroberts.co.uk/

Alice Walker
Alice Walker is a singer songwriter from a small town in Essex.
Her songs are about love, and life, and dead things and live things.
When she grows up she wants to be a mountain.

She sometimes plays with a band, called AlicebanD. The big D makes the word look symmetrical, which makes her feel balanced.
They have played in big venues and small venues and festivals and parties, and want to play at bigger places like palaces and castles..
They've actually played in a castle.
And with Joan Armatrading.
And with Wilko Johnson.
and with themselves.

But not in the same room. That would be weird.

"AlicebanD" available on iTunes and Spotify

Russell J Turner
Russell J Turner is a poet and actor based in Norwich, currently working on his first one-man spoken word show. He is founder and host of headCRASH promotions, co-creator of Norwich slam, and a member of the 28 Sonnets Later collective. Despite (or because of) their realism, Russell's work is laced with black humour and delivered with a conversational ease bound to engage any with any interest in gritty storytelling or spoken word.


J.S. Watts
J.S.Watts lives and writes in East Anglia. Her poetry, short stories and reviews appear in publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and America and have been broadcast on BBC and independent radio. She has published three books: a poetry collection, “Cats and Other Myths”, and a multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, are published by Lapwing Publications, a novel, “A Darker Moon”, a dark psychological fantasy, is published by Vagabondage Press. Her second novel, “Witchlight” is due out from Vagabondage Press in the spring of 2015. See: www.jswatts.co.uk or www.facebook.com/J.S.Watts.page for further details.

Poppy Puck Kleiser

Amélie Deblauwe
Amélie is a Belgian photography artist based in the Cambridge. Her academic background is in Archaeology, History of Art and Egyptology. In parallel, her fieldwork experiences, as well as several trips to Egypt fuelled early on a passion for the visual arts and developed her interest for photo-documentary. She likes to capture scenes and landscapes in which small details, sometimes just traces, tell the story of men.
Now working by day on the digitisation of some ancient manuscripts at the University Library, she pursues on the side various freelance or more personal projects.

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