2 June 2024

Social Once More

Sssh, I don't want to say this too loudly in case the gremlins wake up again, but I think my Facebook page is working once more.

The Facebook page devoted to my writing is at  https://www.facebook.com/J.S.Watts.page

If you want to hear my news, big stuff will be published on this website, but it's worth checking out the Facebook page for day to day chat.

15 May 2024

Social Media Blues

You may know that I have a Facebook page devoted to my writing. You may even know that it is at https://www.facebook.com/J.S.Watts.page. What you probably won't know, because I can't post on the page to tell you, is that the Facebook gremlins have determined that my heavy duty upload schedule of one post a day (sometimes) is too much and won't let me post anything further to my newsfeed. I have reported the problem, but Facebook gremlins are laid back critters.

So, if you want to hear my news, for the time being the best bet is via this website. Also, if you happen to stop by my Facebook page and wonder why it seems inactive, it's not that I've given up, it's just that the Facebook gremlins are having a prolonged afternoon nap, once a day, every day, for as long as they fancy.

14 May 2024

JS Watts: Lycanthropist live at 'Word Habit', Sudbury, Suffolk, 12th May 2024.

Summer Come Early

Yes, it is only May, but the Summer Issue of the always fascinating The High Window, has been published. Expect a collection of fine poetry and prose, including a review of Fiona Sinclair's Dining With the Dead by J.S.Watts.

11 April 2024

High Window Reviews

In the latest batch of reviews from The High Window, J.S.Watts highlights the "raw and exposed" poems of The Invisible Worm by Hannah Stone. You can read her review of the poetry collection and other reviews in the latest High Window release by clicking here

5 April 2024

May Time Activities

 J.S. has a number of creative events coming up in May:  

  • Word Habit on 12th May
  • Festival of Ideas on 18th May
  • Herts Book Festival on 19th May
You can find further details about all of them over on the Events Page of this website.

You can see the poster for Word Habit below in a previous post on this page.

If you want know more about J.S.'s event at the University of Hertfordshire's Festival of Ideas read on:

Tomorrow and What Comes After - A reading with poet J.S. Watts

"Be entranced and inspired by poetry from J.S. Watts.

Join poet J.S. Watts as she weaves the fantastical with the literary in this glowing, multi-faceted reading of her poetry. There will also be a Q&A session after the reading.

Watts’ poetry, novels, short stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications in the UK and around the world. Her works have been broadcast on the BBC and independent radio.

Her books include poetry collections, "Cats and Other Myths", "Years Ago You Coloured Me" and "Underword", and her multi-award nominated SF themed poetry pamphlet, "Songs of Steelyard Sue", all published by Lapwing Publications. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts"

Extract from the University of Hertfordshire's website

If you want to book tickets for Tomorrow and What Comes After go here.

29 March 2024

Poetry on Toasted Cheese

J.S. Watts has five poems in the March issue (volume 24: Issue 1) of Toasted Cheese Literary Journal. Click on the links to read:

Ghost on My Finger

Epiphany While Clearing the Lounge

Dancing With Ghosts


One More Film in the Story 




28 March 2024

April Words

 J.S. will be reading two or three poems at this lively Hitchin event. To book your tickets go to the Shout or Whisper website and pay what you feel.

18 March 2024

From March to May

 Yes, it's still only March, but there's no harm in thinking ahead to May.

15 March 2024

Season of the Dead - dissected.

The horror e-zine Dissections has published its March 2024 issue. Amongst its selection of contents you can find a new, short, dark story by J.S. Watts, Season of the Dead.

It's an infectious tale. As its roots lie in the 2020 pandemic, if you are triggered by stories of Covid or the pandemic, you might want to approach it cautiously.

7 March 2024

Two Crows on World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day (Thursday, 7th March 2024), here's J.S. reading the poem Two Crows from her most recent bookUnderword.

23 February 2024

A High Window Overlooking Spring

Feel free to take a look at the reviews section of the spring edition of the online High Window. In it, J.S.
Watts reviews Nocturne by Jodie Hollander, which she describes as a "powerful and resonant collection". 

Browse the entire online magazine to read some strong and striking poetry. It's "bloomin' lovely".

13 February 2024

Matisse a Vence

J.S.Watts briefly talking about, and reading, her poem "Matisse a Vence" from her poetry collection Underword.

3 January 2024

New Year - New Photo

Hello and welcome to 2024. May it be a good twelve months for you.

To welcome in the New Year this website has a new background photo. Here it is in full, uncluttered by website text.