As Christmas accelerates around the corner without applying the brakes, the latest post in my guest blog series, "Things I Wish I'd Known", is titled "The Timing of Christmas is Complicated" and it's now available to read on the Meier Writers site. You can read it for free by clicking here. There's also a seasonal poem for your reading pleasure. Go on, check it out.
J.S. is very pleased to have two Christmas poems in the December issue of The Writers' Magazine: Christmas Kaleidoscope (from J.S.'s poetry collection Years Ago You Coloured Me) and a brand new poem, Lights.
J.S. has embarked on a series of, roughly monthly, guest blog posts called "Things I Wish I'd Known". Post number four, "Writing is Not As Sedentary An Activity As You Might Think", is now available to read on the Meier Writers site. You can read it for free by clicking here
Check back here, or direct on the Meier Writers blog, about this time next month (or maybe a wee bit earlier) for the next post in the series - it will have a festive feel to it.
J.S.Watts has a piece of Sci Fi flash fiction in issue 17 of the Writer's Cafe Magazine, Masks. You can read The Story Teller for free online by clicking here, but you will need to scroll down quite a way to find out whether the tales the story teller tells are real or not.
If you didn't manage to catch "Poetry Today", the fourth broadcast in the Book Programme series on North Herts Radio, never fear. Just click on the listen again feature at the bottom of the linked page and you can hear J.S. Watts and Rownena M Love talk to Jane Dismore about modern poetry, page poetry v public performance, sources of inspiration and how readers and listeners interact with poems. You can also hear specially recorded readings from some of their own poems and music they've chosen to resonate with them.
Click this link to go to the Book Programme page on North Herts Radio website and then scroll down to the bottom to find the listen again button for Episode Four.
This coming Sunday at 4pm on North Herts Radio The Book Programme will feature J.S.Watts and Rowena M. Love talking to Jane Dismore about contemporary poetry.
Further details about Sunday's programme and a chance to listen again to the first three broadcasts in the series, including J.S.Watts and Emma Vandore's A Story in the Making, can be found here: https://www.northhertsfm.com/books
J.S. has embarked on a series of, roughly, monthly guest blog posts called "Things I Wish I'd Known". Post number three, "The Future", is now available to read on the Meier Writers site. You can read it for free by clicking here
Check back here, or direct on the Meier Writers blog, about this time next month for the next post in the series.
If you didn't manage to catch "A Story in the Making", the second broadcast in the Book Programme series on North Herts Radio, never fear. Just click on the listen again feature at the bottom of the linked page and you can hear J.S. Watts and Emma Vandore talk to Jane Dismore about writing fiction, creating characters and telling stories. Everyone loves a good story, so listen in to the ones they have to tell.
Click this linkto go to the Book Programme page on North Herts Radio website and then scroll down to the bottom to find the listen again button for Episode Two.
What's in a Name? Come and join November's Writers' Club meeting to find out, as J.S.Watts explores creating and developing characters from the outside in and the inside out, including the tricky business of naming them.
J.S. has embarked on a new series of guest blog posts called "Things I Wish I'd Known". Post number two, "Getting Rejected", is now available to read on the Meier Writers site. You can read it for free by clicking here
From hereon in, posts in the "Things I Wish I'd Known" series will be appearing approximately monthly, so check back here, or on the Meier Writers blog, for the next post round about this time next month.
In less than a month's time "Novelist and poet J.S.Watts talks candidly about the journey to becoming a professional writer, with lessons learned and pointers for would-be writers, as well as excerpts from her award winning poetry and fiction."
The event is being held on Saturday, 19th October at Buntingford Library in Buntingford High Street. It will start at 10.30am. Tickets cost £2.00, are bookable in advance and are available online and from the library:https://bit.ly/2lYhmlv and Buntingford Library, 77 High Street, Buntingford, Herts, SG9 9AE
Time willing, J.S. will read an excerpt from each of her published books and may share news about her forthcoming novel, Old Light.
A while back, J.S. Watts wrote a series of guest posts for Meier Writers called “Questions I Don’t Like Answering”. Now, with Mark Meier’s continued indulgence, she's embarked on another series, this time called “Things I Wish I’d Known.” You can read the introductory post by clicking here.
J.S.Watts is honoured to have a poem in the latest issue (#128) of the Poetry Ireland Review. The poem in question is "Low Flying Buzzards Over The Upper Field" and here is a photo of the poet with the magazine to commemorate its publication.
You can read the poem, free of charge, by clicking on the title of the poem above. While you are about it, you should probably check out the entire edition, which also includes poems by Marisa Cappetta, Clare Crossman and Jacqueline Saphra (amongst many talented others).
Sunday Night Lives at The Flying Pig is back yet again with an all new, unique line-up of music and poetry from Threeyearsyounger, J.S.Watts, Dominic Daniels, Daisy T-G and Ffion Rebecca (but maybe not in this order).
An evening not to be missed and its free (although donations will be gently solicited and gratefully received). It all takes place on Sunday, 8th September. Doors open at 7pm and because it's the Flying Pig there will be excellent beer and other beverages.
Vanguard Readings is a London-based reading series that has been running monthly since 2011 and has so far included more than 70 events. Vanguard on Tour started in 2016 and has so far made stops at Grasmere, Birmingham, Hay-on-Wye, Margate, Norwich, Leeds, Ludlow, Manchester, Salisbury, Brighton, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Workington, Bristol - and now Harlow. Its founder, Richard Skinner, is a poet, novelist and Director of the Fiction programme at the Faber Academy - and credited on the back of many best-selling books.
The Harlow event is taking place at the Harlow Playhouse and is curated and hosted by local writer Emma Vandore, and showcases six new writers and established authors, all reading for around 10 minutes each. As well as Richard and Emma, who will read from her novel-in-progress And, Breathe, you will hear from Harlow-born Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, who will read a recent memoir-essay published in Granta called New Town Blues; award-winning local playwright Simon Mawdsley, who will read with an actor; Dunmow-based YA author John Tarrow who will read from his recently published novel The Stranger’s Guide to Talliston; and J.S. Watts, a poet and novelist based in East Anglia, who will read from her second novel Witchlight.
Issue no. 5 of Survision Magazine has been published online. Based in Ireland, the biannual online magazine prides itself on publishing the most exciting Surrealist poetry of different trends and schools being written now.
J.S.Watts is honoured that she has a brand new poem, Buzz, in issue 5. You can read it for FREE here
J.S.Watts has been chatting with Ivan Wise of the Better Known podcast about six things she wishes were better known: the painter Basil Ede, Poetry, The French Horn, Bats, Bartlow Hills and Chalk Streams. You can hear what she had to say for herself by going to betterknown.co.uk/2019/07/28/js-watts/.
For the record, she knows she got the location of the River Piddle wrong and is very embarrassed about it because half of her family come from Dorset...
The Better Known podcast website provides interesting links to all six things talked about, but, if you have the time and are interested, you also might light to check out:
Over on The Reapertoday there is a brand new and rather dark poem by J.S. Watts, The Seven Faces of Mister Death.
For those interested in the technicality of such things, it is a prose poem with numbers. It may also be disturbingly contemporary.
To read the poem (it is free) simply click on the poem's title above.
Are you going to Strawberry Fair? If so, and if you like poetry, spoken word, music and and a blurring of the genres you should check out the Wild Strawberries Stage in the Arts Area of the Fair.
J.S. Watts will be performing her poetry at Strawberry Fair in Cambridge at around 2.30pm tomorrow (Saturday 1st June). The rest of the rather wonderful line-up is detailed below. If you'd like to sign up to the open mic, you can do so in advance, or just rock up on the day. http://bit.ly/wsform2019 to sign up in advance
Line-up so far (all of which is subject to the whims of chance, weather, traffic, and poets/ storytellers/ musicians, naturally) is as follows:
12:05: Open mic
12:10: Open mic
12:15: Micaela Blitz
12:20: Pauline Radley
12:25: Simone Morton
12:40: Open Mic
12:45: open mic
12:50: Beth Hartley
13:05: The Antipoet
13:50: The Ministry of Unplanned Occurrences (tbc)
14:15: Michael Brown 14:30: J.S.Watts
14:45: Lulu Agate
14:50: Open mic
14:55: Janis Ford
15:00: Bertram Holt
15:05: Paul Eccentric (poetry)
15:20: Jessica Law
15:45: Charlie Finn
15:50: Lucy McEleney
15:55: Jude Stephens
16:00: Jody Lee
16:05: Camille McCawley
16:20: Mark McGivern
16:35: Shelly Harder
16:50: Caron Freeborn
17:05: Moth Conspiracy
17:30: Patrick Widdess
17:45: Lee House
18:00: Nathan Smith
18:15: Debbie Luxon
18:30: Open Mic
18:35: Trish Harewood
18:40: Tracey Cracknell
18:45: Open Mic
18:50: Open Mic
18:55: Open Mic
After this you might want to stick around for:
19:00-20:00 2019 Strawberry Slam in association with Hammer & Tongue Cambridge
20:00-finish 2019 Strawberry Jam (poetry/ music/ interpretive dance/ whatever! - please come and play!
Fifty years after the first moon landing, The Frogmore Press is pleased to announce that Pale Fire, an anthology of new writing on the subject of the Moon, will be published on 31 May 2019.
It will feature new work and some new translations of classic poems by more than 60 poets, including George Szirtes, Ruth Aylett, Fiona Moore, Patrick Widdess and a new poem by J.S. Watts. It is edited by Alexandra Loske and illustrated with paintings of the Moon by Fergus Hare.
J.S. is delighted to be returning to Stamford's Poetry Swaps on Wednesday 20th March as the headline act. She's also rather looking forward to hearing Sally Mitchell, who is on the bill with her.
Poetry Swaps is Stamford's regular poetry-exchange every second month where top poets from the town and the surrounding area are invited to present their poetry. Come and enjoy a drink while you listen or bring your own poems to read. There is an open mic opportunity at the start of the evening.
The event is taking place at The Cellar Bar, Stamford Arts Centre starting at 8pm. Entry is FREE.
It's early March and time, once again, for the next guest post in the series I'm writing for Meier Writers.
Most writers will tell you there are questions they don’t like having to answer: often they are the ones we get asked the most. I'm writing an occasional series of lighthearted blog posts looking at some of my “oh no, not again!” questions and exploring why I, personally, don’t enjoy having to respond to them.
This month sees the fifth question in the series, the compound: “What do you do? A writer? No, what do you really do?” You can read my multiple responses to this challenging question by clicking here