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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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

24 August 2014

Headstand's Grande Finale - Listen Again

Well, the final Headstand show has gone out live on Cambridge radio as of Tuesday 19th August.  J.S.Watts was delighted to have been a live studio guest on the final broadcast and to have had the opportunity to read a series of valedictory poems in honour of the occasion.

What do you mean, you didn't hear it? Never mind, all is not lost.

You can listen to Headstand's Grande Finale with poets J.S. Watts and Rychard Carrington, and Maciek Pawlikowski from Cambridge 105 show Polish Waves on Mixcloud. There are also contributions from other past Headstand guests including Leanne Moden and Patrick Sheil and his band Moth Conspiracy and, of course, there is the show's polymath host, Patrick Widdess.

Click here to listen to the whole programme. You can find J.S.'s poetry reading at 14:45 minutes into the show, but you really ought to listen to the whole, wonderfully eclectic mix of music and poetry. You really ought.

19 August 2014

Headstand's Last Stand

The cult Cambridge radio programme Headstand, with its eclectic mix of music and spoken word, comes to an end tonight.

On the last ever Headstand Radio Show, DJ Patrick Widdess is joined by a studio full of guests to give the show a good send off after seven years on-air in Cambridge. They include Rychard Carrington, JS Watts, Patrick Sheil and Maciek Pawlikowski. Join them at 11.00 tonight, Tuesday 19th August, on Cambridge 105FM.

15 August 2014

Friday Mushrooms

J.S. Watts provides this week's Friday Poem on The Cult of Me blogspot, the blog of dark fiction writer Michael Brookes. The poem is entitled 'Musing on Mushrooms' and comes from J.S.'s first collection, 'Cats and Other Myths'. You can discover the poem and why she wrote it by clicking here.