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