2 November 2017

The Hidden and The Divine

A special issue of A New Ulster has just been released. It is called "The Hidden and The Divine" and it showcases female voices writing, emanating from and publishing in Ireland.

It includes two poems by J.S.Watts: "The Effect of Moonlight on the Human Voice" and a previously unpublished poem, "Woollens".

You can read both of them, along with all the other wonderful writing in the magazine, by clicking here

The writers featured in the issue are:

Mary McGonagle Johnson,                           Trish Bennett
Lynda Tavakoli,                                             Shelley Tracey
Orflaith Foyle,                                               Orla Mcalinden
Seanin Hughes,                                            Cathy Donelan
J.S. Watts,                                                    Morna Sullivan
Therese Kieran,                                            Jenny Methven
Beverly M. Collins,                                        Liz Quirke
Fiona Perry,                                                  Frances Browner
Vicki Mullan,                                                 Ellie Rose McKee
Eileen Sheehan,                                           Margaret O'Driscoll
Chris Murray,                                                Moyra Donaldson
Maeve McGarrity,                                         Amy Barry
Gaynor Kane,                                               Eithne Lannon
Yvonne Boyle,                                              Margaret Saine
Anne Mcmaster,                                           Csilla Toldy

24 October 2017

Crossing The Line Crosses The Line

Volume 6 of Ink Stains, as guest edited by J.S.Watts, has crossed the line and got itself published.

It has already picked up some grand four and five star reviews:

A great set of stories

A really good read

Wow this was fun

And now you can pick it up in paperback or as an ebook:

Amazon.com - Kindle version

Amazon.com - Paperback

Amazon.co.uk - Kindle Version

Amazon.co.uk - Paperback


In life, we draw many lines — between good and evil, guilt and innocence, real and unreal, life and death.

And having drawn these lines, we cross them because humanity is curious, careless, devious, and, sometimes, downright wicked.

So what happens if you cross the line? Does it change you and what is waiting on the other side?

In Ink Stains, Volume 6, ten authors explore what it means to cross the line and the price we pay to do it.

This is a collection of short stories that range from fantasy through science fiction to horror and from the fantastical to the grit of day to day life. Join writers Monica Carter, George Kelly, Alison Garsha, Ken Goldman, Elana Gomel, Christopher Locke, Morrison, Thomas Olbert, Evan Purcell, and Nicole Tanquary as they step over the line to find what waits on the other side.

Sawbo Writers' - November Event


23 October 2017

Honourable Mentions

J.S. is exceedingly chuffed to have had a poem shortlisted in this year's Bridport Poetry Prize and a poetry pamphlet long listed in this year's Overton Poetry Prize.

Of the Overton pamphlet, the judges said, "The level of observation and description is intense and focussed."

11 October 2017

Frogmore at Ninety

The 90th edition of The Frogmore Papers (Autumn 2017) is a very fine object. It also contains a brand new poem by J.S.Watts, "Maybe Almost Winter".


2 October 2017

Essex Poetry Festival 2017



This Wednesday, 4th October, as part of Essex Poetry Festival, come and hear Katy-Evans Bush and J.S. Watts read from their poetry collections.

Southend Poetry Group
Naval and Military Club, 20 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS1 1DU

Wednesday 4th October at 8pm
£2 admission

Cover Reveal - Ink Stains Vol. 6 Crossing The Line



Guest edited by J.S. Watts and due out from Vagabondage Press (Dark Alley Press Imprint) on 24th October 2017