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J.S.Watts
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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1 October 2014

Morpheus Tales Issue 24

The latest edition of Morpheus Tales, the weird and dark fiction magazine, is now available.

The twenty fourth issue of the UK's allegedly most controversial weird fiction magazine features the short story Stories Our Parents Tell Us by J.S.Watts, also CafĂ© Noir by Richard Farren Barber and illustrated by Danielle Ceneta, Welcome To Flavor Country by Paul Newman, Mucho Mongrel by Stephen McQuiggan and illustrated by Jeffrey Oleniacz, The Dirge by Kevin J MacLeod, The Room in the Wall Where I Found the Spider by Dylan Henderson and illustrated by Joe Young, The Metro Station by Michael Tugendhat, The Decoder by Kenneth Buff and A Fond Farewell by John Morgan. 

A free preview of the magazine is available to read here:
http://issuu.com/morpheustales/docs/morpheus_tales_24_preview  and you can buy the ebook for Kindle on Amazon. The ebook in other various formats is available by clicking here , whilst the printed digest size edition is available here and the printed Large Format Collector's Edition is available here.

With so many different formats available, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy.


National Poetry Day 2014

Thursday, 2nd October is National Poetry Day in the UK. As part of the celebrations, J.S.Watts will be one of a handful of poets, including Bedford based poet Ian McEwan, reading her poetry at Waterstones Book Shop in Silver Street, Bedford tomorrow between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Entry is FREE.

It would be great to see you there.

19 September 2014

STOP PRESS! Elvis McGonagall and Friends

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall will be performing at The Place, Bedford this coming Saturday night (20th September).  J.S. Watts will be one of a small handful (as in approximately four fingers' worth) of local poets supporting him.

If you want to see the show, it starts at 7.30pm, will cost you £10.00 for a ticket and will be taking place at The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE. You can find further details and purchase tickets here .

14 September 2014

A Certain Sanity

J.S.Watts is very pleased to have a found poem included as part of the Silver Birch Press Celebrity Free Verse Poetry Series.

The poem, "A Certain Sanity", features the words of Al Pacino from an interview by Julian Schnabel in Interview Magazine, alongside an iconic photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

To read "A Certain Sanity", click here.

8 September 2014

A Fruitful August

J.S.Watts has published a very brief, but very new poem over on her photographic blog Random Acts of Would-Be Photography

You can read the poem, Fruitful, for free by clicking here

If you want to know more about the photographic blog, you can find an explanation of it by clicking here


2 September 2014

A Little Bit of Summer Reading

Over on the Heroines of Fantasy website, Harriet Goodchild has reviewed A Darker Moon as part of her holiday reading :

“a short, very intense story with touches of gothic horror…Watts knows well the fine line between giving a reader enough and too much information. The end isn’t a surprise –it can’t be; it is, however, very well judged. …The writing … is lush and beautiful.”

You can read the review in full here along with her thoughts on Mary Renault's classic "The Mask of Apollo", Jim Crace's "Harvest" and Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe series.

1 September 2014

Author Interview with Added Guilty Pleasure

J.S. Watts has recently been interviewed by writer Mary Harner, creator of "Sandman", as part of her author interview series. During the interview J.S. was asked to name her guilty pleasure. If you want to know what it is, you can read the interview at https://mary-harner.squarespace.com/js-watts