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