21 October 2018

Questions and Answers

J.S. Watts has been chatting to poet Neil Laurenson over on his blog about her favourite room and the mistreatment of sweetcorn (amongst other things).

You can find the resultant questions and answers (and those of some other poets Neil has likewise been grilling) by clicking here.

15 October 2018

The Waterlight Project

Waterlight is a project inspired by a chalk stream in South Cambridgshire. Waterlight began as a collaboration between poet and writer Clare Crossman and filmmaker James Murray-White, and the project team has now grown to include local expert Bruce Huett.

The website includes content by a wide variety of people including poetry by Clare and a range of local poets, one of whom is J.S.Watts. J.S.'s two poems are based on recorded conversations between local people about the River Mel (which you can also read on the Waterlight website).

To read J.S's two poems go here and scroll down until you find Life Line and Time Flows Through.

4 October 2018

The Data Dump Files

J.S. is honoured that her poem "Steelyard Sue Builds a Baby" has been included in "The Data Dump Files", a selection of verse in commemoration of Steve Sneyd (1941 - 2018), who has been hailed as "one of the most influential voices in and proponents of modern genre poetry". 

"The Data Dump Files" is produced in pamphlet format by Atlantean Publishing.

3 October 2018

Slenderness as Strength

Over on her blog, the poet Emma Lee has reviewed J.S.Watts' most recent poetry publication, The Submerged Sea, concluding that:

“The Submerged Sea” may be slender but the poems explore multi-facets of the sea with a strong sense of rhythm and sound patterns. The collection asks readers to look again at the familiar in a different light and question assumptions without repeating an idea. Its slenderness becomes a strength and a selling point.

To read the review in full please see Emma Lee's Blog

2 October 2018

Grilling Again - The Author Hub

Today, in a further question and answer session, J.S. is subjected to a little more grilling over on The Author Hub of Meier Writers. You can read it for yourself here

Her first session on the griddle back in August was flagged up here

1 October 2018

Gardening Tips - The Author Hub

Writer Mark Meier has rashly allowed J.S.Watts to play with his blog again.

This month she considers the benefits of gardening in the life of a writer, as she continues to write the latest novel in the Witchlight trilogy, "Elderlight".

You can read the blog post here.

30 September 2018

Fiction Fix - A Glimmer of Elderlight

J.S. will be reading some brand new fiction. This is a one off opportunity to hear an extract from Elderlight (the third novel in the Witchlight Trilogy) as it is being written - genuinely "fiction in the making".

23 September 2018

Poets' Supper

In celebration of National Poetry Day

The Plough, 12 High Street, Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, Nr. Royston, SG8 6PP - 01763 290348

22 September 2018

Acumen 92

The September issue of Acumen (#92) is currently being sent out and about. J.S. is delighted to have a brand new poem in it - "The Door Ghost at Halloween".

For further details about Acumen and its 92nd issue please see the Acumen website.

14 September 2018

An Evening in Lavender

J.S. will be performing a brief (and, until very recently, somewhat unexpected) poetry set at Hitchin Lavender tonight

3 September 2018

Getting a Grip

J.S. is very pleased to have a brand new poem published in the autumn edition of London Grip. You can read the poem, "Photo", and the whole magazine for free by clicking here

25 August 2018

Who Said Pigs Can't Fly?

J.S. Watts will be performing some of her poetry at Cambridge's The Flying Pig on Sunday 9th September. There will also be excellent real ale and some fantastic music, so you'll be coming, won't you?

17 August 2018

Progressing This Week - The Author Hub

It's the end of the week and the last of J.S.'s current run of blog posts on Meier Writers - The Author Hub.

Today she is talking about her multiple works in progress and especially the sequel to her novel Witchlight, Old Light. There is also the third novel in the Witchlight trilogy, Elderlight, which she is writing even as you are reading this, honest, she really is.

Anyway, you can read all about it here

15 August 2018

Editing - This Week on The Author Hub

Despite already hosting one blog post and an interview, Mark Meier has let J.S. Watts back on Meier Writers - The Author Hub to blog some more. This time she is pontificating on the subject of editing. You can read the post here

14 August 2018

Grilling This Week - The Author Hub

Today J.S. is being grilled (just a little) as part of Q and A Tuesday over on Mark Weier's blog, "Meier Writers". See for yourself by clicking here

13 August 2018

Blogging This Week - The Author Hub

With big thanks to Mark W Meier, I'm having a bit of a rare blogging moment over at "Meier Writers - The Author Hub" this week, starting with some musings on my novel, Witchlight. More posts to follow, but you can read the one about Witchlight here

3 August 2018

Write Poetry On The Radio

A new independent online radio platform is coming to your computer, tablet or phone. It's called Write Radio and is hosted by the writer Jane Holland. You can find out more about it here               https://www.writeradio.co.uk/

One of its very first programmes is WRITE POETRY: 2 hours of music, poems, poets and more! One of the many super poets on this first show will be J.S.Watts.

You can listen to the programme at the following times starting from MONDAY 6th AUGUST:

Monday evening 7-9pm GMT
Wednesday evening 7-9pm GMT
Sunday afternoon 3-5pm GMT

Please note, it's not a podcast and can't be listened to on demand at any time. You will have to listen in at the stated times.

You can listen via the website at https://www.writeradio.co.uk/ or direct stream at        https://stream.radio.co/s5e0a112db/listen

Needless to say, Write Radio is also on Facebook and Twitter . Go check them out.

1 August 2018

Hello August

It's August already. J.S.Watts is doing a number of readings and workshops this month. Here is a flavour of some of them.

See also http://www.jswatts.co.uk/p/readings-and-events.html for details of all of J.S.'s forthcoming events. 

31 July 2018

Silver Apples

J.S. is delighted to have a new poem, "An Invocation", published in issue 10 of Silver Apples.

For the next month you can download an electronic copy or purchase a hardcopy here

24 July 2018

Chilled Out Sunday Folk

J.S.Watts will be one of the poets performing as part of the "...and  there will be some live poetry readings" section. A chilled out afternoon of folk music, poetry and pints (and possibly Pimms, who knows?).

17 July 2018

Reviewing "Our Beautiful Child"

J.S.' s most recent published review is now available to read on the Meier Writers site. To find out what she made of Annalisa Crawford's haunting and lyrical Our Beautiful Child, click here.

16 July 2018

A Rather Special Fiction Fix

And another event in August. This one is rather special as J.S. will be providing the first ever sneak preview of her new novel, "Old Light", (the sequel to "Witchlight") before even the date of publication is announced. This is very much, "fiction in the making."

5 July 2018

In Person - My Writing life

This will be happening towards the middle of August. It is FREE to attend, but as places are limited you will need to contact Hitchin library in advance to book a place.

2 July 2018

Go With the Flow?

This will be happening at the beginning of August:

21 June 2018

Luck and Bubbles and Sea

Issue 54 of the Saboteur Awards nominated magazine, The Journal, is now out.

In it you can find two new poems by J.S.Watts: Just Luck? and Bubbles. There is also a rather lovely review of J.S.'s new pamphlet, The Submerged Sea.  To read the poems and the review in full, you'll need to buy a copy of The Journal, but to give you a taster, here are the concluding lines of the review:

"On finishing I kept weighing the book in my hand, surprised by its lightness, seems a far bigger book than its 30 pages: a watery, many-faceted jewel of a collection."

17 June 2018

Echoes in The Glass

J.S. has had a brand new story published in Scarlet Leaf Review this month. It's called "Echoes in The Glass" and is a literary tale of magic realism: two writers, separated by time and death, grow strangely closer. You can read it for free here.

9 June 2018

Guildford Reading of Poems from "The Submerged Sea"

J.S.Watts reads some poems from her new pamphlet, "The Submerged Sea" at The 1000 Monkeys poetry night in Guildford

1 June 2018

Bus Stop Weekend

Invitations to perform can be like buses: you don't receive any for ages and then they all come along at once. Take this coming weekend...

Between 2nd and 4th June (that's three days in total) J.S. Watts will be reading at or involved in four different events in four different towns: Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford, Peterborough and Guildford. It's going to be a busy weekend.

If you want to catch J.S. as she drives frantically round the south of England, these are the details:

Sat 2 June 12.55pm (Poetry)              Strawberry Fair                                         Wild Strawberries Stage, Eastern Bloco, Midsummer Common, Cambridge

Sun 3 Jun 2-4pm (Workshop)               'Writing Tips' - Writers' Club                                      Waterstones, 12 South St, Bishop's Stortford, Herts., CM23 3AT

Sun 3 Jun 8pm (Prose)                            Fiction Fix                                                                      The Draper's Arms, 29-31 Cowgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LZ. 

Mon 4 Jun 7.30pm (Poetry)                    The 1000 Monkeys                                             Castle Lounge at THE KEEP, 29 Castle Street, Guildford GU1 3UW 

20 May 2018

Fiction Fix in June

J.S. will be reading from her novel Witchlight at June's Fiction Fix.

19 May 2018

Peeking Into Peeking Cat poetry

J.S.Watts has been interviewed about her writing over on Peeking Cat Poetry. Want to know what she has to say for herself? Of course you do!

Read the interview here

18 May 2018

1000 Monkeys in June

J.S. is pleased to be performing her poetry at The 1000 Monkeys in Guildford on Monday 4th June

12 May 2018

Ravens in Picaroon

J.S. Watts is delighted that her new poem "A Float of Ravens" has been published in issue 12 of Picaroon Poetry and that the magazine has been released early! There are some swashbuckling poets and poems in this edition and you can read it for free here

4 May 2018

Saturday Series - Society of Author Talks

Location: Hitchin Library

Address: Hitchin Library, Paynes Park, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1EW

Event time: 11am

Event details

Join writers from the Society of Authors for our monthly series of Saturday talks. The series kicks off on 26 May 2018 with Hugh Bicheno - The Real Game Of Thrones: The Wars of the Roses in Hertfordshire . All talks start at 11am and are free to attend.

Full 2018 events programme:

26 May - Hugh Bicheno: The Real Game of Thrones - The War of the Roses in Hertfordshire

9 June - J Davies: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Nautical Fiction

23 June - Simon Michael: A Life in Crime

28 July - Julie Stock: How I come up with the stories for my contemporary romance novels

11 Aug - J.S. Watts: My Writing Life

25 Aug - Patricia O'Sullivan: Writing family history - from a family tree to stories to share

8 Sept - Jane Dismore: Other People's Lives: the Thrills and Spills of Being a Biographer

22 Sept - Chris West: Boom Bang-a-Brexit – how the Eurovision Song Contest tells us all we need to know about modern Europe

13 Oct - Jane O'Reilly: Using character to build your plot, and using plot to build you character

23 Oct - Owen Knight: Writing Speculative Fiction

3 May 2018

Sawbo Writers' Club is Dead. Long Live Writers' Club.

The next and final meeting of the Sawbo Writers' Club at Sawbridge Words Bookshop is taking place on Wednesday, 9th May. The shop is sadly closing down. We want to thank Neville for his kind contribution to the local writing and reading community and wish him well for the future. 

Emma Vandore will be leading the session and we'll be discussing building and maintaining tension.

Please come at 7.30 pm and make the last meeting of Sawbo Writers' Club a joyous occasion.

£10.00 for the evening (£5.00 students, pensioners and unwaged), including refreshments. Rumour has it that there will be champagne.

Venue: Sawbridge Words Bookshop, 47 Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire (Opposite the Café of the Angels)

Waterstone's in Bishop Stortford have kindly offered us a new home, and from June we'll be there on the first Sunday of every month in our new guise as the Writers' Club. Our first meeting will be free and we'll be considering writers' tips - our own, those we've filched from other writers, and we'd like to hear yours too. Sunday, June 3rd at 2-4 pm. More details below.


30 April 2018

The Submerged Sea Rides the Radio Waves

J.S. recently had great fun recording an interview with the lovely Leigh Chambers of Bookmark on Cambridge 105 Radio regarding her new poetry pamphlet, "The Submerged Sea". The interview was broadcast on Saturday, 28th April, but if you've missed it, don't worry. You can now listen to it via a podcast.

It's a grand programme and you are recommended to listen to the whole show, but if you want to go straight to J.S.'s section to hear her talking about why she wrote "The Submerged Sea" and to listen to her read some poems from it, you'll find it around 11.00 minutes into the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

Writing It Down in Bewildering Stories

J.S. has a new and somewhat experimental short story out in issue 759 of Bewildering Stories. It's called "Writing It Down". It's a piece of dark fiction. You can read it for free here: http://bewilderingstories.com/issue759/blurb.html#top

29 April 2018

Peeking Cat Poetry

J.S. is very pleased to have a new poem, "The Balloon Poem", included in #37 of Peeking Cat Poetry.

You can download the magazine for free here

10 April 2018

Saturday 28th April

Two good things are happening on Saturday 28th April (and they don't clash!):

J.S. has recently recorded an interview with Leigh Chambers of Bookmark on Cambridge 105 Radio regarding her new poetry pamphlet, "The Submerged Sea". She thoroughly enjoyed herself and you can listen to the interview when it is broadcast on Saturday, 28th April between 1300 and 1400.

J.S. has a new poem, "Triptych", in the forthcoming issue 6 of The Fenland Reed. There will be a launch event at the Babylon Gallery in Ely at 7pm on the evening of 28th April, with readings from the magazine, including J.S.'s poem (which she will be reading personally). There are a limited number of tickets available: free with the purchase of a copy of issue 6 (£5.50) on the night. To book a place, please email thefenlandreed@gmail.com.

Guest edited by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, the magazine includes the following poets:

Jill Abram, Jane Burn, Rachel Burns, Jim Conwell, Ananda-mayi dasi, Sarah Doyle, 
Chris Fields, Martin Figura, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Jonathan Greenhause, Hilary Hares, Keith Hutson, Joanna Ingham, Helen Ivory, Lisa Kelly, Rebecca Le Marchand, 
John Lyons, Roy Marshall, Eric A. Mecklenburg, Jill Munro, Joanna Nissel, 
Kate Noakes, Kathy Pimlott, Anna Saunders, George Szirtes, Claudine Toutoungi, 
Peter Wallis, J.S. Watts, Jane Wheeler

6 April 2018

Reviews of the Submerged Sea

J.S.'s recent poetry pamphlet, "The Submerged Sea", which has been published less than a month, is collecting some wonderful four and five star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Here is a sample:

"This is a wonderfully-atmospheric poem built on the contrast between the night-time British sea and the daytime “changeable creature of moods and tantrums”. The fragmentary approach of the poem is intuited by the title reference to “notes” which via a collection of observations, descriptions and comparisons allows the reader to share the poet’s marvelling and eventual questioning of the subject."  - Roger Elkin on Night Notes on Sea (British Coast), now published in The Submerged Sea.

"Vivid, Descriptive, Evocative."  Tabitha Vohn 

"This is sensitive poetry of alliteration, of parallelism, and of mood... The liquidity of water in these poems is the flow of refrain, song, sleep, dream, moon-pull, life and finally submergence. The sea makes us think, forces us to contemplate time, or the flow of life, ... As she demonstrated in ‘Years Ago You Coloured Me’, Watts has an ability to take you from the physical world into other realms and bring you back again." - review excerpt

"The Submerged Sea is a small but satisfying collection" - Ellen Roberts Young (Goodreads)

"Her ocean-themed words carry a deluge of satisfying alliterative cadence, rich, intimate emotion and images" - Richard Sutton (Amazon)

"The Submerged Sea is a sublime little collection of poetry and I will go back now and then to dip my toes into it's waters." - Goodreads

29 March 2018

Looking To The Future

Shoreline of Infinity 11½ is a special issue published by the magazine in partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival. It will be officially launched on 12th April at the magazine's Event Horizon at the Science Festival, but you can pre-order it here. The theme is sustainabilty, and there is a fine selection of stories and poems gathered together for the first time:

Can SciFi Save Us? – Jane Yolen
A Cure for Homesickness – Anne Charnock
Winter in the Vivarium – Tim Major
Charlie, A Projecting Prestidigitator –Megan Neumann
Charlie’s Ant – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Pigeon – Guy Stewart
Candlemaker Row – Jane Alexander
Now a ragged breeze – Jane Yolen
The Sky is Alive – Michael F Russell
Mémé – Juliana Rew
The Morlock's Arms – Ken MacLeod
South – Marge Simon
Monoliths – Paul McAuley
Goodnight New York, New York – Victoria Zelvin
A Distant Honk – Holly Schofield
The Day it All Ended – Charlie Jane Anders
Last of the Guerilla Gardeners – David L Clements
The Last Days of the Lotus Eaters – Leigh Harlen
We Have Magnetic Trees – Ian Hunter
“Working the High Steel” – Jennifer R Povey
Message in a Bottle – Davyne DeSye
Starscape – J.S. Watts
The Rest is Speculation – Eric Brown

20 March 2018

Morpheus Tales Supplement - April 2018

The April issue of the Morpheus Tales Review Supplement is out and FREE to read (and yes, I realise it's still only March). It contains three reviews by J.S.Watts: Infinity Wars, Binary System and Quietus.

You can read the supplement by clicking here

10 March 2018

The Submerged Sea Emerges

J.S.Watts’ new poetry pamphlet, “The Submerged Sea”, is published in March 2018.

The Submerged Sea is J.S.Watts’ sixth book and fourth poetry collection.

The Earth is the only known planet with seas of liquid water across its surface. It contains more water than land (approximately 71% of the planet is covered in water). Britain is an island surrounded by sea. There is every chance that humanity’s primitive ancestors first crawled out of the sea to become land dwellers. Over half of each one of us is water.

The sea birthed us, feeds us, entertains us, gives us our climate and geography. It may, some day, rise and kill us. And yet, mostly, we take it for granted.

The Submerged Sea is a metaphysical dip into the sea in all its incarnations: the real sea, the imagined sea, the sea as metaphor, the historical, the political, the ecological and the personal sea - the sea within us all.

"This is a wonderfully-atmospheric poem built on the contrast between the night-time British sea and the daytime “changeable creature of moods and tantrums”. The fragmentary approach of the poem is intuited by the title reference to “notes” which via a collection of observations, descriptions and comparisons allows the reader to share the poet’s marvelling and eventual questioning of the subject." - Roger Elkin on Night Notes on Sea (British Coast), now published in The Submerged Sea.

The Submerged Sea by J.S.Watts (ISBN 9781907435591) is published by Dempsey & Windle, rrp £6.00. It is available from selected bookstores and online from reputable outlets including:

Dempsey & Windle

Amazon UK The Submerged Sea

19 February 2018

The Seventh Quarry

Issue 27 of The Seventh Quarry is now available. It contains three new poems by J.S.Watts: Gull, Mossdale Scar and Year of Harvests. 

Gull will also feature in J.S.'s new pamphlet, The Submerged Sea (due out March/April). So if you want to get a feel for the pamphlet, check out The Seventh Quarry.

28 January 2018

The Submerged Sea - Cover Reveal

J.S. has a new poetry pamphlet coming out in the Spring!

Further details to follow in due course ...