1 December 2016

Getting A Grip

J.S.Watts has a new poem out in the Winter edition of The London Grip. It's called "Lost in The Word Woods" and you can read it, and some other fascinating poems, for free here.

26 November 2016

Cambridge Bard Reverses Advent!

The Bard of Cambridge has launched her Christmas Advent Calendar for 2016.

She is taking up the Reverse Advent Calendar challenge from Cambridge City Food Bank.

Every day for a month, starting on 26th November, she is putting an item of food in a box and posting a poem, memory, or reflection about it on her webpage.

All the food is going to the Cambridge Food Bank to distribute at Christmas to those who need it.

She would love people to join her! You could:

– Join in with the poems, by sending your own writing to add to the page, or making your own advent calendar page;
– Join in with the food bank idea by making your own Christmas collection to give to Cambridge Food Bank ;
Donate money to Cambridge Food Bank;
– Tell your friends about the Food Bank scheme!

The first advent calendar post has now been published with a poem by The Bard herself and a haiku by J.S.Watts. You can read it here.




8 November 2016

Telling It... In The Deep Midwinter



The "Telling It..." series of spoken word events is back and this time a fine selection of writers and actors, including J.S.Watts, are performing winter / Christmas themed readings at Huntingdon library from 11am on 3rd December. Books will also be available for sale so this is a great opportunity to get in the Christmas mood and make a dent in that Christmas shopping. Hope to see you there!

5 November 2016

Still Life - Reflections

J.S. is very pleased to have a new poem published in the latest issue of The Journal. The issue in question is #49. The poem is titled "Still life - Reflections". Do check it out.

31 October 2016

Stamford Poetry Swaps - 16th November

Tomorrow sees the start of November and on Wednesday 16th at 8pm, there is Stamford Poetry Swaps in the Cellar Bar at the Stamford Arts Centre.

As it says on the Arts Centre website:

"In November, award-winning East Anglian poet and writer J.S. Watts will be performing from her new collection, ‘Years Ago You Coloured Me’.  She will be joined by local poet Steve McRobb who will read from his collection ‘Golden days, dark nights’. Peterborough poet Viv Foster will complete the trio of performers with ‘Surviving the Suburbs’."

It's going to be a great night.  Hope to see you there.

Further details can be found on the Arts Centre website by clicking here

8 October 2016

October's Allographic Workshop

On Sunday, 30th October, Cambridge based Allographic is hosting "The Art of Getting Published" - a practical workshop with J.S Watts.

Are you hoping to get your work traditionally published? J.S. believes getting published is an art, not a science. She has had five books published and has been Poetry Editor and Poetry Reviews Editor for two magazines, so knows all about rejection from both sides of the fence. She will be talking about her experiences, sharing the lessons learned and highlighting helpful strategies for getting published at the Allographic workshop on Sunday 30th October, 2pm - 5pm at CB2 Bistro, 5/7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge.

As far as practicable, the workshop will be customised to the needs of those attending, so whether you want to publish your first short story, a single poem, a collection of poems or a full-length novel via the traditional publishing route, this could well be the workshop for you. 

If you know you’ll be attending, just let Allographic know in advance of any particular issues you're hoping will be covered.

No of spaces: 12

Suitable for ages: 16+

Entry is free but you will have an opportunity to pay what you think the workshop was worth afterwards. Find out more about Allographic at: http://www.allographic.co.uk/



5 October 2016

Good News - Bad News - Good News

GOOD NEWS - J.S.Watts is one of four Cambridge poets (J.S.Watts, Robin Lamboll, Nathan Smith and Michael Brown) participating in this year's Festival of Ideas - Cambridge Poetry Tours on Saturday 22nd October.

BAD NEWS - Both tours are already fully booked.

GOOD NEWS - If you can get along to Waterstones in Cambridge for either 2.15pm or 4.15pm  you can still hear the culminating poetry readings of the tours AND at 4.30pm poet Michael Brown is launching his new published collection of poetry, Mercurial, in Watersones, Sidney Street, Cambridge (4.30pm - 5.30pm). It's FREE and everyone is very welcome to attend.