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J.S.Watts
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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15 March 2015

Awesome Witchlight

J.S.Watts is interviewed about a variety of things, including her forthcoming novel, "Witchlight", over on the Awesome Gang website

14 March 2015

A Whisper About J.S.Watts

This week on her blog, the writer Norma Rudolph is featuring A Whisper of Albion, a poem from J.S.Watts' Cats and Other Myths, and taking a little time to find out a bit more about J.S. and her life.

You can read Norma's blog and her post on J.S. by clicking here

7 March 2015

Good News March

J.S.Watts is delighted that her poem "Night Notes on Sea (British Coast)" has been highly commended in the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014.

The competition was judged by acclaimed poet Roger Elkin and the results announced at the beginning of this week.

For a full list of winners, highly commended and commended poems, go to The Sentinelle blog here.

To read Roger Elkin's adjudication report and thoughts on free verse click here.

The twenty seven poems of note (three winners, five highly commended and nineteen commended) will be included in the winners' anthology to be published by Sentinel in the second quarter of 2015.

4 March 2015

Witchlight Special Sneak Preview

J.S.Watts' new novel, "Witchlight", comes out in paperback from Vagabondage Press in May. In the meantime, here's the blurb:

Holly has been mortal all her life. Now at thirty-eight, her fairy godfather arrives to tell her she’s a witch, and suddenly she's having to come to terms with the uncertainties of an alarmingly magic-fuelled world. Magic is not like it is in the books and films, and Holly starts to doubt whether her fairy godfather, Partridge Mayflower, is the fey, avuncular charmer he appears.

When appearances are magically deceptive, Holly cannot afford to trust those closest to her, including herself. Accidents start to happen, people die, Old Magic is on the hunt, but in the age-old game of cat and mouse, just who is the feline and who is the rodent?

From March until May special e-preview copies are available as follows:

Amazon. com

Amazon.co.uk                                  

3 March 2015

Femmewise Cat Part Deux

March is apparently a month of happenings. The next event of note is the publication of the feminist e-zine Femmewise Cat (parts I and II).

J.S.Watts is honoured to have three new poems in part II of Femmewise Cat - Mother Love, Sister Logic and Rambler.

To read these and the many other fine pieces of writing in both parts of Femmewise Cat click here




A print version of the magazine should be available in the next couple of months.

2 March 2015

Monsters Revisited

If you couldn't make it to the weirdtastic "Beasts and Bards" in Cambridge last month, fear not. The monsters have returned to crawl into your ears.

The wonderful people at Shindig recorded the event and by clicking below you can listen to full sets of poetry and story telling by Leanne Modern, Patrick Widdess, Lindum Greene, Gytha Lodge, Fay Roberts and J.S.Watts.

The beasts are waiting. It's worth a listen. Go on, click here



28 February 2015

The Moon Rises Crying

The Moon Rises Crying, a poem by J.S.Watts, is in issue 24 of Liquid Imagination. You can read it, or listen to J.S. reading it, or both - you choose. Click here for the poem and the full size version of the wonderful Sue Babcock illustration below.

Illustration by Sue Babcock from Liquid Imagination No. 24