10 July 2019

Double Helpings in August

August's Writers' Club will be doing double, when J.S. Watts leads on two topics instead of the usual one.


8 July 2019

The Seven Faces of Mister Death

Over on The Reaper today 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.

3 July 2019

Landscape and Maps

J.S. is pleased to have a new poem, "Timeless", in the land mass of poems that constitutes issue 16 of the Writer's Cafe Magazine, "Landscape and Maps".

You can read the magazine for free and online here

24 June 2019

Children of the Water

J.S. Watts' lyrically dark short story, Children of the Water (first published by Cover of Darkness), is now available to read online at The Reaper.

Click here to link straight to the story.

17 June 2019

Looking For New Words

The Poetry Village has published a brand new poem by J.S.Watts, Looking For New Words.

You can read it for no charge, online by going here.

12 June 2019

Let's Twist Again!


Writers' Club is back at the Twisted Cellar for its July meeting!

3 June 2019

Landmarkings

Landmarkings, a new poem by J.S.Watts, has been published in Issue 14 (Summer 2019) of The High Window.

You can read it and poems by:


by clicking on the names above or by clicking here

31 May 2019

Strawberry Fair 2019

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:

12:00: Intro
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! 


13 May 2019

Flight

Based on a parable told by the Venerable Bede over a thousand years ago, J.S. Watts explores a lifetime's flight in the poem Flight online in The Reaper.

1 May 2019

Questions I Don't Like Answering - Part VII


The seventh and final guest post in the blog series J.S.Watts has been writing for Meier Writers is now available online.

This month it's the turn of the often asked question, "How Many Books Have You Sold?" It turns out this can be an unduly personal question and, yes, size does matter.

To find out J.S.' thoughts on this personal and, at times, very basic question, click here.

29 April 2019

The Painter and The Angel

A gifted, but obsessed painter meets an angel and is given a life-changing choice. Read J.S.'s short story, The Painter and the Angel , over on The Reaper.

25 April 2019

Pale Fire

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.



15 April 2019

Dead Certainty

In The Reaper J.S. explores the Dead Certainty of life as a poem.

8 April 2019

Editing Galore - May Writers' Club

In Bishop's Stortford the first Sunday in May...

1 April 2019

Questions I Don't Like Answering Part VI

No, this isn't an April Fool. This is the sixth and penultimate guest post in the blog series I'm writing for Meier Writers.

This month it's the turn of the often repeated question, "What do you think of my writing?"

To find out my thoughts on what I consider to be a rather painful question go here

11 March 2019

Swapping Words

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.


5 March 2019

Questions I Don't Like Answering Part V


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

4 March 2019

Jenny

Over on The Reaper's website there is an opportunity to read Jenny, the short story by J.S. Watts that won third prize in The Wells International Literary Festival in 2009.

When a little girl shares a house with an elderly man, he finds both worry and comfort.

Click Here To Read...

2 March 2019

Oral Starscapes

Shoreline of Infinity has brought out episode one of the Shoreline of Infinity podcast Soundwave.

In the opening episode there is superior science fiction from across the art forms: with spoken word linked by death and starlight.

There is the haunting and poignant story The Starchitect, written by Barry Charmon and narrated by Sue Gyford.

That’s followed by sci-fi poetry in the form of the deceptive Starscape by J.S. Watts, narrated by Debbie Cannon.

Sonic Space makes its debut, hosted by RJ Bayley, in which he's interviewing the award winning author Anne Charnock.

Japanese SF inspired music ends the podcast with one of the giants of symphonic metal.
You can hear it all here or here (if you'd like to read a bit more about it too.)

1 March 2019

Teaching Creative Writing

J.S. has been talking to Kerry Hammerton about why teaching creative writing matters. Check out what she has to say over on Kerry Hammerton's blog.

25 February 2019

In The Immortal Words of Kilgore Trout...

A classic tale from J.S. about suddenly finding yourself in life's deep end. In The Immortal Words of Kilgore Trout... resurfaces in The Reaper today.

Click here to read

20 February 2019

Latest Morpheus Tales Supplement

The latest Morpheus Tales free supplement is out. Heaving with book reviews and more, it includes reviews of "Moonshine" (author, Jasmine Gower) and "Terminus" (author, Tristan Palmgren) by J.S.Watts.

You can read it by clicking here


19 February 2019

We Are...

Issue 103 of Awen has been published with a very short, but very new poem by J.S.Watts in it. The  poem is called We Are... and you can find it and Issue 103 by clicking here

18 February 2019

Last Taboo

Over on The Reaper today, J.S. explores the Last Taboo in poetic form. Dare you say it?

16 February 2019

Writing The River

J.S. was very happy to be asked to write a guest post for the Waterlight Project blog, but then she realised she'd have to research Britain's chalk streams (at least a little). Read the blog post to find out what happened.

The blog post and accompanying photos can be found by clicking on this link.



11 February 2019

Muse

Another 'old favourite' short story by J.S.Watts has crawled its way onto the pages of The Reaper today.

You can read "Muse" by clicking on the link within the story title. True horror has many disguises.

6 February 2019

Piggy in the Middle? Writers' Club in March.

This will be taking place on the first Sunday in March...


5 February 2019

Questions I Don't Like Answering Part IV

It's the start of February and time 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 fourth question in the series: “When did you start writing?” You can read my multiple responses to this ostensibly innocuous question by clicking here

4 February 2019

Cats and Bags

An 'old favourite' short story by J.S.Watts is gracing the pages of The Reaper today.

You can read "Cats and Bags" here  and just remember, your cat loves you (or someone does).

2 February 2019

Events in February 2019

Two events to look out for in February and one is less than a week away!





Book Night at The Courtyard in Papworth, Cambridgeshire. J.S. will be there from 8pm this Wednesday (6th February) talking about and reading from her books. It will be a night of story telling, poetry and chat. As far as we know it's free entry and the scrumptious Papworth Brewery will be selling their beers by way of refreshment.

The Courtyard, Pendrill Court, Ermine Street North, Papworth Everard, CB23 3UY





Then on at 7pm Thursday 21st February there is Writing & Me. J.S. will be at Hertford Library. Tickets are £3 and you need to book in advance.

Hertford Library, Dolphin Yard, Maidenhead Street, Hertford, SG14 1DR

28 January 2019

Hidden Fears

A brand new piece of dark flash fiction by J.S.Watts is gracing the pages of The Reaper as of today.

You can read "Hidden Fears" here

Spoken Word in January

One last event to see January out in good style...



16 January 2019

Review of "Blue Shift" by Jane O'Reilly

Over on Popular Science, the popular science and science fiction book review site run by acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg, J.S. has reviewed the SF adventure novel Blue Shift by Jane O'Reilly. If you're into space pirates, planet hopping adventure, explosions and erotic romance you may want to check this out.

Read the review here

4 January 2019

Events in January 2019

There's lots of stuff and events happening in January...

Sunday 6th January in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Saturday 19th January in Croxley Green, Near Watford, Hertfordshire



Sunday 27th January in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

3 January 2019

Questions I Don't Like Answering Part III

It's a brand new month as well as a brand new year and Mark Meier has allowed me on his blog yet again.

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 third question in the series: “Where do you get your ideas from?” You can read my response to this amazingly complicated question here.

2 January 2019

Farewell to Christmas. Happy New Year!

On the final day of Ink, Sweat and Tears' Twelve Days of Christmas there is a new poem by J.S.Watts, "White Blessings", as well as poems by Kerry Darbishire and Nicky Phillips.

You can read them here.