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.

27 September 2016

National Poetry Day - Poet's Supper

To celebrate National Poetry Day (which is on Thursday 6th October) and in conjunction with The Forward Arts Foundation, The Plough at Shepreth (South Cambridgeshire) is presenting an evening of all things poetry related and inspired. 

From mid-September, you can find postcards in The Plough which invite you to leave a “Message” – the theme of this year's National Poetry Day. Some will be displayed on the Poetry Board throughout the month, and some will be incorporated into specially-composed poems by The Plough's Guest Poet, Clare Crossman. These will be premiered at the pub's Poet’s Supper on Friday 7th October. This two-course artisanal supper will be accompanied by a musical “Fen Poem” performed by Penny Walker & Bryan Causton, poetry readings by J.S.Watts, Claire Robson and Gallery Poets and a film from The Poetry Society. Full details available here.

19 September 2016

Poetry Aloud - 27th September

J.S. is delighted to be the featured poet at this month's Poetry Aloud, which will take place on Tuesday, 27th September at The Bay Tree Cafe Bistro in Bury St. Edmunds. See here for more details.

9 September 2016

Day Notes on Granite

J.S.Watts' poem, "Day Notes on Granite", is in excellent company in issue 3 of The High Window, the Autumn 2016 edition. You can read it for free right here.

6 September 2016

Music, Poetry and Booze

Music and poetry (and drinks, of course) at La Raza in Cambridge on Sunday, 18th September.

J.S.Watts will be reading some of her poetry alongside some fabulously talented musicians and poets.

24 August 2016

J.S.Watts Reviews Kshanti

J.S. Watts takes a look at the posthumously published Buddhist collection Kshanti by Wendy Stern for Three Drops From a Cauldron. Read the review here.