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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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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.

Some links to her photography or videos:

19 October 2014

Glimmers of Witchlight

"Witchlight", a new paranormal novel from J.S.Watts, will be released by Vagabondage Press in spring 2015.

Check back for further details as the light draws closer.

1 October 2014

Morpheus Tales Issue 24

The latest edition of Morpheus Tales, the weird and dark fiction magazine, is now available.

The twenty fourth issue of the UK's allegedly most controversial weird fiction magazine features the short story Stories Our Parents Tell Us by J.S.Watts, also Café Noir by Richard Farren Barber and illustrated by Danielle Ceneta, Welcome To Flavor Country by Paul Newman, Mucho Mongrel by Stephen McQuiggan and illustrated by Jeffrey Oleniacz, The Dirge by Kevin J MacLeod, The Room in the Wall Where I Found the Spider by Dylan Henderson and illustrated by Joe Young, The Metro Station by Michael Tugendhat, The Decoder by Kenneth Buff and A Fond Farewell by John Morgan. 

A free preview of the magazine is available to read here:
http://issuu.com/morpheustales/docs/morpheus_tales_24_preview  and you can buy the ebook for Kindle on Amazon. The ebook in other various formats is available by clicking here , whilst the printed digest size edition is available here and the printed Large Format Collector's Edition is available here.

With so many different formats available, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy.

National Poetry Day 2014

Thursday, 2nd October is National Poetry Day in the UK. As part of the celebrations, J.S.Watts will be one of a handful of poets, including Bedford based poet Ian McEwan, reading her poetry at Waterstones Book Shop in Silver Street, Bedford tomorrow between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Entry is FREE.

It would be great to see you there.

19 September 2014

STOP PRESS! Elvis McGonagall and Friends

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall will be performing at The Place, Bedford this coming Saturday night (20th September).  J.S. Watts will be one of a small handful (as in approximately four fingers' worth) of local poets supporting him.

If you want to see the show, it starts at 7.30pm, will cost you £10.00 for a ticket and will be taking place at The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE. You can find further details and purchase tickets here .