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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23 February 2015

Witchlight Revealed

Witchlight is coming.

The second novel by J.S.Watts is due out from Vagabondage Press this spring. Further details will be added as the light of imminent publication grows ever brighter. Today, however, we are very excited to be able to reveal the front cover for Witchlight and here it is:

17 February 2015

Witchlight Grows Brighter

"Witchlight", a new paranormal novel from J.S.Watts, is being released by Vagabondage Press  in spring 2015 and spring is drawing ever closer.

Further details will be available shortly, so please check back.

14 February 2015

Here There Be Monsters

Beasts and Bards - poems and tales of all things scaly, secretive, sly and savage. In Cambridge. On Saturday 21st February at 8pm. Oh my!

Poets and storytellers bring you tales of creatures mythical and monstrous as part of We Make Monsters, an exhibition of work by Baggelboy illustrated things and Abi Stevens Illustration.

The event is hosted by Crafty Cambridge and Changing Spaces. The venue is Changing Spaces, 9 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD.

Featuring the wonderful words and creative creatures of the following wordsmiths:

Fay Roberts Poet
Leanne Moden
Mal Faloon
Lindum Greene
Gytha Lodge

9 February 2015

Slack Folk

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than music and poetry?

J.S.Watts (yes, we know it says J.D. Watts on the poster, but it really means J.S.Watts, honest) will be providing the poetry at this month's Slack Folk event in Colchester, Essex. Other than the unexplained name change, the poster says it all. So, if you fancy some folk music and poetry next Saturday afternoon, why not pop along?

1 February 2015

A February What's Up

In February J.S.Watts will be performing at the following FREE public events in Cambridge, Colchester and London:

Saturday 7th February, 2pm - Poetry at The Story So Far Launch in Acton Library, London.

Saturday 14th February, 2pm  - Poetry at the SlackFolk  folk music event at The Old Police Station, Colchester.

Saturday 21st February, 8pm - Poetry and Stories at Beast and Bards, part of the We Make Monsters exhibition at Changing Spaces, Cambridge.

For further details, full venue addresses and updates please go to the Events Page of this website.


Looking further ahead, there is going to be some exciting news for March and May: Witchlight is growing ever brighter!

20 January 2015

Film of the Book? Blog of the Film.

Jane Bwye, author of Breath of Africa (which was impressively nominated for both The Guardian First Book Award and Not The Booker Prize 2013) and i lift up my eyes, has very generously allowed me to write a guest post for her regular blog, thus allowing me to fantasise about who might play characters from my novels A Darker Moon and Witchlight.

If you want to find out whom I should like to play Abel from A Darker Moon, or which actresses are the perfect fit for Holly, my lead character from the forthcoming novel Witchlight, just click here.

If you don't, you'll always be left wondering...


14 January 2015

Diaries, Calendars and New Year Intentions

As I'm sure you've noticed, it's 2015 already and, at the time of writing this, we're fourteen days into the New Year.

In timely (well, almost timely) fashion the Christmas decorations are being put away in boxes and consideration is being given to the 2015 calendar of events and performances. J.S will be giving her first poetry reading of the New Year at Slack Folk in Colchester, Essex on Saturday 14th February. The event, which is a wonderful mixture of folk music and poetry, will start at 2pm and J.S. is expected to take the stage at about 2.55pm.

Further events will be added to the Events Page in due course. If you want to hear J.S.Watts reading her poetry and prose live, or attend one of her workshops, you should keep an eye open for future updates.

Alternatively, if you would like J.S. to perform at an event or come to give a talk to a group that you organise, please make contact via this website's Contact Page. J.S. can also be reached via the Contact An Author website, which is a great way to look for writers for specific events.