About J.S.Watts

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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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17 April 2015

Poetry To Go

Fancy something a bit different? Allographic presents Poetry To Go, a takeaway experience where our lyrical chefs cook up a brand-new, bespoke poem for you in short order for you to take away and enjoy forever on the medium of your choice (anything from badges to scrolls to origami... or even just a piece of paper...!).

J.S.Watts is one of the Poetry To Go team and will be providing short order poetry between approximately 12.30 and 5.30pm on Saturday, but, if you can't make it then, there will be other poets and other opportunities to partake of a calorie-light poem. No dieting necessary.

Come and find Poetry To Go in the grounds of the Cambridge Union Building, Friday 17th - Sunday 19th April as part of the Cambridge Literary Festival.

13 April 2015

Witchlight Shines Even Brighter With Five Stars

Lilian's Book Blog has just reviewed Witchlight and has given it five stars.

Lilian finds the novel to be "paranormal at its best, what a truly well written, informative, extraordinary book." She ends by saying "you will struggle to put this book down."

Okay, this website is biased, but don't you just love the great reviews that are beginning to come in for Witchlight? It's not even released in paperback and full e-versions until next month.

If you want to read the full five star review on Lilian's Book Blog you can do so by clicking here. Go on. You know you want to know what she has to say.

11 April 2015

Poems For Peace

Friday, 10th April saw the launch of the "Poems For Peace" poetry anthology, edited by 2014 Fenland Poet Laureate, Poppy Kleiser.

The launch was held at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Wisbech and over on J.S.Watts' photo blog, "Random Acts of Would-be Photography", there are some photos of the event which you can see by clicking here.

Poets from across East Anglia, including J.S.Watts, contributed their poems to the anthology, which is prefaced by a thought-provoking foreword by the inspirational Benjamin Zephaniah, himself an East Anglian resident. As Zephaniah says in his foreword, "we can see that the poets gathered here between these pages have, in their own ways, seen the ugliness of war and rejected the glorification of this brutality."

"Poems For Peace" (ISBN 9780956828231) is a poetry anthology "inspired by the futility of war through the ages".  It includes poems by: Alison Brackenbury, Anthony Smith, Daisy Thurston-Gent, Elaine Ewart, Gram Joel Davies, Helen Pletts, J.S.Watts, Jacqueline Mulhallen, James Knox Whittet, Jonathan Totman, Josh Bone, Keely Mills, Leanne Moden, Martin Figura, Mike Alderson, Mike Bannister, Nigel Hilliam, Nikki Marrone, Patrick Widdess, Paul Quant, Pete Cardinal Cox, Pete Irving, Philip Dunkerley, Poppy Kleiser, Rachel Rose Reid, Robin Shorey, Russell J. Turner, Samantha Weaver and William Alderson.

9 April 2015

Rejection! Get Over It.

J.S.Watts writes about the thorny topic of rejection as part of a new blog series, “Writing and Publishing Tips From Authors Around the World”, created by mystery writer Susan Finlay and designed to help writers at varied stages in their writing and publishing careers.

J.S.'s article is the eighth in a growing series, which so far has covered topics such as Self-publishing, How To Write Dialogue, How to Write a Book Review, Ten Things No One Tells you About Book Publishing, Writing After Retirement and, of course, Dealing With Rejection.

If you want to read J.S.'s thoughts on getting rejected click here

8 April 2015

Book Reader Features Witchlight

J.S.Watts is a featured author on Book Reader Magazine. In her interview with Vinny O'Hare, J.S. talks about herself, her fascination with books and her latest book, Witchlight.

As there is not much more than a month to go before Witchlight's publication date on 19th May, why don't you check out J.S.'s interview before the novel comes out. Click here to read the whole interview on the Book Reader website.

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