About J.S.Watts

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J.S.Watts 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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19 August 2014

Headstand's Last Stand

The cult Cambridge radio programme Headstand, with its eclectic mix of music and spoken word, comes to an end tonight.

On the last ever Headstand Radio Show, DJ Patrick Widdess is joined by a studio full of guests to give the show a good send off after seven years on-air in Cambridge. They include Rychard Carrington, JS Watts, Patrick Sheil and Maciek Pawlikowski. Join them at 11.00 tonight, Tuesday 19th August, on Cambridge 105FM.

15 August 2014

Friday Mushrooms

J.S. Watts provides this week's Friday Poem on The Cult of Me blogspot, the blog of dark fiction writer Michael Brookes. The poem is entitled 'Musing on Mushrooms' and comes from J.S.'s first collection, 'Cats and Other Myths'. You can discover the poem and why she wrote it by clicking here.

31 July 2014

Tick Tock

Geoffrey Gudgion, author of the mythic and mysterious thriller 'Saxon's Bane', has interviewed J.S.Watts with a view to finding out what makes her tick. If you want know the answer to that and a number of other insightful questions, including why she is so fascinated by lost memories, you can read the interview here .

26 July 2014

The Highly Unpredictable Ending

A brand new short story by J.S.Watts is featured in the debut edition of Big Pulp's new magazine Thirst. Issue 1 includes The Highly Unpredictable Ending, a light hearted fantasy of boredom and predictability. For further information click here.

11 July 2014

Rhythms of the World 2014

The exhilarating Rhythms of the World Festival is returning to Hitchin this year on 2nd and 3rd August.

It has a line up to die for, with music and performance to sort all tastes including Courtney Pine, for all you jazz aficionados, Megson, for folk fans and the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana for lovers of drumming.

J.S.Watts is extremely excited to be performing at 3pm on Saturday, 2nd August, on the Arcadeclectic Stage, when you can expect a lively festival performance of her poetry.

For the full Rhythms of the World line up, click here. It's worth checking it out, because you won't want to miss a thing!

5 July 2014

Meet My Character - Blog Tour

J.S.Watts has joined the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Thank you Sarah Potter for the invite.

You can read J.S.'s responses to the seven blog tour questions: What is the name of my character? When and where is the story set? What should we know about your character? What is the main conflict that messes up her life? What is her personal goal? Is there a working title for this novel?  When can we expect the book to be published? over on Goodreads. The blog post will also link you to the answers of other authors to the same questions as they are subsequently posted.

It's time to meet Holly. Click here to read J.S.Watts' take on "Meet My Character"

23 June 2014

Bedford's Castle Quarter Festival

J.S. Watts is delighted to be reading some of her poems, alongside Bedford's poetry stalwarts, including Ian McEwen, at the Castle Quarter Festival taking place in Bedford on Sunday, 29th June.

If you want to hear J.S. read, she will be performing at approximately 1.30pm and 2.30pm at the Eagle Bookshop in Castle Road, Bedford.

Look forward to seeing you there!