9 February 2016

Morpheus Tales Supplement - February 2016

The new edition of the Morpheus Tales Supplement is now available for your FREE reading pleasure. Amongst its reading delights is a review of Theresa Derwin's Seasons Creepings by J.S.Watts.

8 February 2016

Years Ago You Coloured Me

J.S.Watts' brand new poetry collection, Years Ago You Coloured Me, is due out next month (that's March 2016), from Lapwing Publications.

Years Ago You Coloured Me (ISBN 978-1-910855-15-7) is a poetry collection echoing with things, times, places and people lost and not quite lost, as well as those never lost while memory lingers. These are poems of influence and resonance, both past and current, capturing personal and broader histories, and the shadows that sometimes follow. What is history, after all, if not selective, recorded memories? The past tells stories as we choose to recall them. The personal is there, plus the wider matters that shaped it. We have only to remember to remember. That is an art.

Included amongst the poems in the collection are: Bonedancing, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Wells Literary Festival International Poetry Competition; Green Rushes, nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and View From Sheep Field Barn, Much Hadham, which won won third prize in the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry 2015.

5 February 2016

Romance is in the Air

Issue 41 of literary magazine A New Ulster is available NOW. As it's February and almost Valentine's Day, the magazine takes a look at romantic gestures. There is a brand new poem from J.S.Watts, "The Letter", and a brief article from her on Love Poetry (a version of a blog post that first appeared on the blog of the lovely writer Ute Carbone),

There are also some wonderful words from the likes of Peter O'Neil, Richard Halperin and Gary Beck.

You can read the magazine online for FREE.

1 February 2016

STOP PRESS! Action For Refugees

J.S.Watts will be one of a host or poets, including Nikki Marone and Afrodita Nikolova, who will be performing TONIGHT at Speak for Action's Open Mic night in aid of Refugee Action.

Doors open at 8.45pm. Readings start at 9pm and J.S. will be performing for 10 minutes at around 9.20pm. Entry fee is £3 and will go to Refugee Action and Cambridge Hub.

The venue is Clare College Cellars, Clare College Cambridge, CB2 1TL.

4 January 2016

First New Poem of The Year

Issue 2 of Mistress - an online journal of poetry and short fiction by women - is now available to read, FOR FREE, online and you will really want to...

Amongst some very fine work is a brand new poem by J.S.Watts, "The Witch of Walkern". The poem takes its inspiration from historic events in Hertfordshire, in the UK, involving one of the last women to be tried and condemned as a witch in the early eighteenth century.

You can read about the real, historic events on Wikipedia and via the Walkern History Society

You can read J.S.'s new poem here.

24 December 2015

Best Wishes of The Season

Best Wishes for the 2015 Winter Holiday Season - whichever festival you choose (or do not choose) to celebrate - and all the best for 2016, which is going to contain the launch of "Years Ago You Coloured Me", my new poetry collection. Needless to say, I'm rather excited about it.

Here's to 2016!



17 December 2015

A Christmas Story

The second part of the Midwinter Special 2015, published by Three Drops From a Cauldron, is now live and available to read online. It features poetry and flash fiction from, amongst others: Jackie Briggs, Bethany Rivers, Mary Franklin, Chris Hemingway, Gareth Writer-Davies, Paul Tristram and J.S.Watts.

J.S.Watts' flash fiction is a dark look at one historical aspect of Christmas and is called "A Christmas Story - For The Children", but you might not want to let your children read it...

You can find part II of the Midwinter Special here