30 December 2014

Harry's Cat is Waiting

Just in time for the New Year - well, okay, a couple of days early, but that just gives you more reading time - Harry's Cat is waiting for you in Issue 10 of The Literary Hatchet.

As you tuck into your New Year's feast (or your Christmas left-overs), Harry's Cat is a digestive treat for those suffering from an overindulgence of kitten cuteness on Facebook and other social media sites.

Harry's Cat is a brand new short story from J.S.Watts. It appears in Issue 10 of The Literary Hatchet, along with a festive banquet of stories, pictures and poems from some fantastic writers and artists, and you can download it for free here .

22 December 2014

Seasons Wishes

Best Wishes for the 2014 Winter Holiday Season - whichever festival you choose (or do not choose) to celebrate



15 December 2014

The Sound of White Space

Would you like a brand new short story from J.S.Watts for free? Would you like to hear J.S. read one of her stories?

If you answered "yes" to either of the above questions, you are in luck. "White Space", a brand new, darkly quirky short story by J.S.Watts is available for free via the audio magazine "The Breakroom Stories" and it's J.S. who is reading it.

So if you want to hear what J.S. sounds like, or if you just want to have a new short story read to you whilst you snuggle down in your armchair to avoid the cold and white of winter click here , except, of course, the white wastes of winter might just be waiting for you in the story...

4 November 2014

Letters To Autumn - a second posting

Further details of 19th November's special event:

27 October 2014

Letters to Autumn

As Summer retreats to rest, Autumn comes out to play in Cambridge. Letters to Autumn is an evening of celebration with acoustic music, spoken word and art to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice and all the inspiring work they do.

It is taking place at CB2 Bistro, 5-7 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD Cambridge, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 19th November. The requested entry donation is £5, though additional donations are welcome.

There will also be a chance to enter a raffle which will be announced in December's event, baked goods and a short talk from Arthur Rank Hospice.

Expect to see these wonderfully brilliant people:

Fay Roberts
Russell J Turner
J.S. Watts 
Poppy Puck Kleiser 
Amélie Deblauwe

Fay Roberts
Fay Roberts is a peripatetic percussive performance poet by night and a professional projector by day. Known for her mellow tones and occasional flights into metaphysics, she also runs the Cambridge branch of the Hammer & Tongue slam series, and her own poetry label Allographic (which functions as a small press and a platform for performers), and was Artistic Director of the Spoken Word section of The Free Fringe in Edinburgh 2013-2014. http://www.fayroberts.co.uk/

Alice Walker
Alice Walker is a singer songwriter from a small town in Essex.
Her songs are about love, and life, and dead things and live things.
When she grows up she wants to be a mountain.

She sometimes plays with a band, called AlicebanD. The big D makes the word look symmetrical, which makes her feel balanced.
They have played in big venues and small venues and festivals and parties, and want to play at bigger places like palaces and castles..
They've actually played in a castle.
And with Joan Armatrading.
And with Wilko Johnson.
and with themselves.

But not in the same room. That would be weird.

"AlicebanD" available on iTunes and Spotify

Russell J Turner
Russell J Turner is a poet and actor based in Norwich, currently working on his first one-man spoken word show. He is founder and host of headCRASH promotions, co-creator of Norwich slam, and a member of the 28 Sonnets Later collective. Despite (or because of) their realism, Russell's work is laced with black humour and delivered with a conversational ease bound to engage any with any interest in gritty storytelling or spoken word.


J.S. Watts
J.S.Watts lives and writes in East Anglia. Her poetry, short stories and reviews appear in publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and America and have been broadcast on BBC and independent radio. She has published three books: a poetry collection, “Cats and Other Myths”, and a multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, are published by Lapwing Publications, a novel, “A Darker Moon”, a dark psychological fantasy, is published by Vagabondage Press. Her second novel, “Witchlight” is due out from Vagabondage Press in the spring of 2015. See: www.jswatts.co.uk or www.facebook.com/J.S.Watts.page for further details.

Poppy Puck Kleiser

Amélie Deblauwe
Amélie is a Belgian photography artist based in the Cambridge. Her academic background is in Archaeology, History of Art and Egyptology. In parallel, her fieldwork experiences, as well as several trips to Egypt fuelled early on a passion for the visual arts and developed her interest for photo-documentary. She likes to capture scenes and landscapes in which small details, sometimes just traces, tell the story of men.
Now working by day on the digitisation of some ancient manuscripts at the University Library, she pursues on the side various freelance or more personal projects.

Some links to her photography or videos:

19 October 2014

Glimmers of Witchlight

"Witchlight", a new paranormal novel from J.S.Watts, will be released by Vagabondage Press in spring 2015.

Check back for further details as the light draws closer.

1 October 2014

Morpheus Tales Issue 24

The latest edition of Morpheus Tales, the weird and dark fiction magazine, is now available.

The twenty fourth issue of the UK's allegedly most controversial weird fiction magazine features the short story Stories Our Parents Tell Us by J.S.Watts, also Café Noir by Richard Farren Barber and illustrated by Danielle Ceneta, Welcome To Flavor Country by Paul Newman, Mucho Mongrel by Stephen McQuiggan and illustrated by Jeffrey Oleniacz, The Dirge by Kevin J MacLeod, The Room in the Wall Where I Found the Spider by Dylan Henderson and illustrated by Joe Young, The Metro Station by Michael Tugendhat, The Decoder by Kenneth Buff and A Fond Farewell by John Morgan. 

A free preview of the magazine is available to read here:
http://issuu.com/morpheustales/docs/morpheus_tales_24_preview  and you can buy the ebook for Kindle on Amazon. The ebook in other various formats is available by clicking here , whilst the printed digest size edition is available here and the printed Large Format Collector's Edition is available here.

With so many different formats available, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy.

National Poetry Day 2014

Thursday, 2nd October is National Poetry Day in the UK. As part of the celebrations, J.S.Watts will be one of a handful of poets, including Bedford based poet Ian McEwan, reading her poetry at Waterstones Book Shop in Silver Street, Bedford tomorrow between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Entry is FREE.

It would be great to see you there.

19 September 2014

STOP PRESS! Elvis McGonagall and Friends

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall will be performing at The Place, Bedford this coming Saturday night (20th September).  J.S. Watts will be one of a small handful (as in approximately four fingers' worth) of local poets supporting him.

If you want to see the show, it starts at 7.30pm, will cost you £10.00 for a ticket and will be taking place at The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE. You can find further details and purchase tickets here .

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.

31 July 2014

Tick Tock

Geoffrey Gudgion, author of the mythic and mysterious thriller 'Saxon's Bane', has interviewed J.S.Watts with a view to finding out what makes her tick. If you want know the answer to that and a number of other insightful questions, including why she is so fascinated by lost memories, you can read the interview here .

26 July 2014

The Highly Unpredictable Ending

A brand new short story by J.S.Watts is featured in the debut edition of Big Pulp's new magazine Thirst. Issue 1 includes The Highly Unpredictable Ending, a light hearted fantasy of boredom and predictability. For further information click here.

11 July 2014

Rhythms of the World 2014

The exhilarating Rhythms of the World Festival is returning to Hitchin this year on 2nd and 3rd August.

It has a line up to die for, with music and performance to sort all tastes including Courtney Pine, for all you jazz aficionados, Megson, for folk fans and the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana for lovers of drumming.

J.S.Watts is extremely excited to be performing at 3pm on Saturday, 2nd August, on the Arcadeclectic Stage, when you can expect a lively festival performance of her poetry.

For the full Rhythms of the World line up, click here. It's worth checking it out, because you won't want to miss a thing!

5 July 2014

Meet My Character - Blog Tour

J.S.Watts has joined the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Thank you Sarah Potter for the invite.

You can read J.S.'s responses to the seven blog tour questions: What is the name of my character? When and where is the story set? What should we know about your character? What is the main conflict that messes up her life? What is her personal goal? Is there a working title for this novel?  When can we expect the book to be published? over on Goodreads. The blog post will also link you to the answers of other authors to the same questions as they are subsequently posted.

It's time to meet Holly. Click here to read J.S.Watts' take on "Meet My Character"

23 June 2014

Bedford's Castle Quarter Festival

J.S. Watts is delighted to be reading some of her poems, alongside Bedford's poetry stalwarts, including Ian McEwen, at the Castle Quarter Festival taking place in Bedford on Sunday, 29th June.

If you want to hear J.S. read, she will be performing at approximately 1.30pm and 2.30pm at the Eagle Bookshop in Castle Road, Bedford.

Look forward to seeing you there!

16 June 2014


A brand new SF short story by J.S.Watts, "e-razored", can be found in the latest edition of Plasma Frequency (issue 12, June/July 2014).

4 June 2014

Twin Cities Tour - Saturday June 7th

Well, okay, "Twin Cities Tour" is over-egging things somewhat, but J.S.Watts will be performing her poetry in two separate towns, at two separate times on Saturday 7th June.

First up we have Stony Live! Alternative Fringe at Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes.  J.S. will be reading some of her poetry at 2.45pm on the Spoken Word Stage at the Bull Hotel, High Street, Stony Stratford.

Then there will be some fast (but, of course, legal) driving over to Cambridge, because J.S. is performing at the 40th Anniversary Strawberry Fair and at 6pm will take to the Wild Strawberries Stage on Midsummer Common to perform a ten minute set of sweetly ripened poetry.

So it doesn't matter if you live in Milton Keynes or Cambridge, on Saturday 7th June you can listen to J.S. reading live. Make sure you catch at least one of her appearances on this one off, twin cities tour.

25 May 2014

Stony Live! Alternative Finge

The poster says it all, really. Saturday 7th June is the day for Stony Live! Alternative Fringe and you are going to want to be there.

There is an exciting line up of performers, including J.S.Watts, who will be reading a selection of her poetry at 2.45pm on the Spoken Word Stage at the Bull Hotel. See the Events page of this website for further information.

The event is taking place under the wing of the main Stony Stratford Festival - Stony Live! Which has some pretty amazing events (in addition to StonyLive! Alternative Fringe, of course) taking place between 7th and 15th June this year, including Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

20 April 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

J.S.Watts has joined the My Writing Process - Blog Tour.  

You can read her responses to the four blog tour questions: What am I working on? How does my book differ from others of its genre? Why do I write? What is my writing process? over on Goodreads. The blog post will also link you to the answers of other authors to the same four questions.

Click here to read J.S.Watts' take on My Writing Process

31 March 2014

New Poem: Another Spring Morning

J.S.Watts has published a brand new poem, Another Spring Morning. 

You can read the poem for FREE over on Random Acts of Would-Be Photography, under The March of Spring post.

25 March 2014

Summer Events 2014

It's Spring and that time of year when event organisers start booking writers for festivals and other summery events.

Over on J.S.Watts' Events Page, dates for summer readings and events are beginning to appear (including the inaugural StonyLive! Alternative Fringe Festival) and more will follow in due course. Please check back regularly to find out where and when you can hear J.S. reading her work in 2014.

1 March 2014

Inspiring Change - Saturday, 8th March

It’s March! Spring is in the air (possibly) and it’s International Women’s Day on March 8th.

On Saturday 8th March 2014 between 12pm-4pm Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group will be hosting a community event at St John's Square, Peterborough City Centre to commemorate International Women's Day and its theme of Inspiring Change.

There will be a host of activities to both inform and entertain and to truly celebrate the talents and achievement of women, including poetry readings by J.S.Watts and Leanne Moden.

J.S will be reading at 3pm in St. John's Square and Leanne will be reading at 1pm - you don't want to miss them!

There will also be dancers and musicians:

Jelly Belly Dancing
Zumba with Sophie
Wiz & Bex
Fyzz Wallis

And speeches by:

Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group
SHINE - Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality
Lisa Forbes

As well as a demonstration of self protection techniques.

Please tell your friends so we can raise awareness of the fantastic charities that support women in Peterborough and the surrounding areas as well as celebrating the many talents of women locally.

7 February 2014

Tales of the Ethereal

Once upon a time there was a magazine called "Ethereal Tales" that published all sorts of fantastical tales. It was a good little magazine and very popular with its readers, but all good things must come to an end and so "Ethereal Tales" published its last edition.

Then along came another magazine, "Morpheus Tales", a purveyor of dark fiction which had been very supportive of "Ethereal Tales" in the past. It shared the breath of life with "Ethereal Tales" and for one, brief, shining moment "Ethereal Tales" was reborn, or rather, an Ethereal Tales Special Issue was released into the world.


5 February 2014

Poetry (and Folk) Reviewed

Following on from the inaugural Bury Folk Collective Unplugged on Friday 31st January, for which J.S.Watts was the evening's poet, there is a rather fine review of the evening, complete with equally fine photographs, over at Bury Folk Collective's website

23 January 2014

Poetry Unplugged

J.S.Watts is delighted to be returning to the Bury St Edmunds Constitutional Club in Guildhall Street at the end of this month. She will be providing the words between the musical notes at Bury Folk Collective's unplugged night on Friday, 31st January, starting at 8.00pm.

Bury Folk Collective runs the unplugged evenings, previously organised by the Milk Maid Folk Club, at the Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds under the ‘Folk in Bury’ banner.

The Constitutional Club holds about 100 people and has a bar that features interesting guest ales as well as the usual range of drinks.Unplugged nights feature artists performing without PA in a supportive acoustic environment. There is often a poet present to provide some unaccompanied words and J.S. will be doing the honours on Friday 31st.

1 January 2014

Poetry Photograph Albums 2013

During the twelve months of 2013, I created a series of twelve online photographic poetry albums on Facebook. Each album was a collection of photographs that evoked or resonated with one of my poems, sometimes illustrating it and sometimes just reminding me of the poem in some, possibly rather random, way. Many, though not all, of the photographs were taken in and around South Cambridgeshire, where I live.

If you are interested in the photographic reimagining of  these twelve poems, or just in the photographs themselves (and have not already seen them via my writer’s Facebook page), you can find links to them below:

January                                     Winter Solstice
February                                   Frozen Water, Kneesworth House
March                                       Vase of Daffodils
April                                          Almond Blossoming
May                                          This Garden
June                                          Star Flowers
July                                           Pond in Deep Summer
August                                      Cats and Other Mythical Creatures
September                                Stubble Burning
October                                    Autumn at Kneesworth
November                                 Full Moon on Firework Night
December                                 Litany

J.S.Watts  January 2014