About J.S.Watts

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J.S.Watts 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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11 July 2014

Rhythms of the World 2014

The exhilarating Rhythms of the World Festival is returning to Hitchin this year on 2nd and 3rd August.

It has a line up to die for, with music and performance to sort all tastes including Courtney Pine, for all you jazz aficionados, Megson, for folk fans and the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana for lovers of drumming.

J.S.Watts is extremely excited to be performing at 3pm on Saturday, 2nd August, on the Arcadeclectic Stage, when you can expect a lively festival performance of her poetry.

For the full Rhythms of the World line up, click here. It's worth checking it out, because you won't want to miss a thing!

5 July 2014

Meet My Character - Blog Tour

J.S.Watts has joined the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Thank you Sarah Potter for the invite.

You can read J.S.'s responses to the seven blog tour questions: What is the name of my character? When and where is the story set? What should we know about your character? What is the main conflict that messes up her life? What is her personal goal? Is there a working title for this novel?  When can we expect the book to be published? over on Goodreads. The blog post will also link you to the answers of other authors to the same questions as they are subsequently posted.

It's time to meet Holly. Click here to read J.S.Watts' take on "Meet My Character"

23 June 2014

Bedford's Castle Quarter Festival

J.S. Watts is delighted to be reading some of her poems, alongside Bedford's poetry stalwarts, including Ian McEwen, at the Castle Quarter Festival taking place in Bedford on Sunday, 29th June.

If you want to hear J.S. read, she will be performing at approximately 1.30pm and 2.30pm at the Eagle Bookshop in Castle Road, Bedford.

Look forward to seeing you there!

16 June 2014


A brand new SF short story by J.S.Watts, "e-razored", can be found in the latest edition of Plasma Frequency (issue 12, June/July 2014).

4 June 2014

Twin Cities Tour - Saturday June 7th

Well, okay, "Twin Cities Tour" is over-egging things somewhat, but J.S.Watts will be performing her poetry in two separate towns, at two separate times on Saturday 7th June.

First up we have Stony Live! Alternative Fringe at Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes.  J.S. will be reading some of her poetry at 2.45pm on the Spoken Word Stage at the Bull Hotel, High Street, Stony Stratford.

Then there will be some fast (but, of course, legal) driving over to Cambridge, because J.S. is performing at the 40th Anniversary Strawberry Fair and at 6pm will take to the Wild Strawberries Stage on Midsummer Common to perform a ten minute set of sweetly ripened poetry.

So it doesn't matter if you live in Milton Keynes or Cambridge, on Saturday 7th June you can listen to J.S. reading live. Make sure you catch at least one of her appearances on this one off, twin cities tour.

25 May 2014

Stony Live! Alternative Finge

The poster says it all, really. Saturday 7th June is the day for Stony Live! Alternative Fringe and you are going to want to be there.

There is an exciting line up of performers, including J.S.Watts, who will be reading a selection of her poetry at 2.45pm on the Spoken Word Stage at the Bull Hotel. See the Events page of this website for further information.

The event is taking place under the wing of the main Stony Stratford Festival - Stony Live! Which has some pretty amazing events (in addition to StonyLive! Alternative Fringe, of course) taking place between 7th and 15th June this year, including Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

20 April 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

J.S.Watts has joined the My Writing Process - Blog Tour.  

You can read her responses to the four blog tour questions: What am I working on? How does my book differ from others of its genre? Why do I write? What is my writing process? over on Goodreads. The blog post will also link you to the answers of other authors to the same four questions.

Click here to read J.S.Watts' take on My Writing Process