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Bishop's Stortford Writers' Club leader J.S.Watts releases second book, Old Light, in her paranormal series Witchlight




A poet and novelist who helps run the monthly Writers’ Club in Bishop’s Stortford is taking readers on a paranormal journey from South Cambridgeshire to the Maldives in her latest tale.

J.S. Watts released Old Light, the second book in her Witchlight series, on leap year day as she continues the magical adventures of lead character Holly Beldam.

Old Light, which is published by Vagabondage Press in paperback and e-book formats, picks up a year or so after the events of Watts’ earlier novel Witchlight.

J S Watts (30373649)
J S Watts (30373649)

Holly has had a year to deal with the family-sized portion of old magic she has inherited. Her focus is on the future, but when both the coven and the past come calling, the future she has imagined seems to be slipping from her grasp.

If the past is truly a different country, it turns out it is a dark and bloody one that shares a border with the present – a border that is frequently crossed.

Holly needs to right a past wrong and lay some old ghosts, without becoming one herself, if she is to come to terms with her present and claim her future.

Old Light (30373654)
Old Light (30373654)

The author, who lives in Bassingbourn and organises the Stortford writing group alongside the Indie’s former Sawbridgeworth reporter Emma Vandore, was born in London and read English at Somerville College, Oxford.

“I love the freedom of writing fantasy,” said Watts, who previously worked in education and has also published the novel A Darker Moon. “But every fantasy needs to have an element of truth in it.

“Having lived in the village of Bassingbourn for over 20 years, it seemed very natural to locate Holly’s mundane existence in an environment I know very well.

“The name Basingfield emerged from a hybrid of Bassingbourn and Haslingfield, and the equally fictitious village of Meldran also makes an appearance in Old Light.”

Witchlight (30373656)
Witchlight (30373656)

Watts’ poetry, short stories and non-fiction appear in a variety of publications in Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, including Acumen, Envoi, Mslexia and Orbis, and have been broadcast on BBC and independent radio. She has been poetry reviews editor for Open Wide magazine and poetry editor for Ethereal Tales.

Her poetry collections Cats and Other Myths and Years Ago You Coloured Me, plus her multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet Songs of Steelyard Sue, are published by Lapwing Publications. Her latest poetry pamphlet, The Submerged Sea, is published by Dempsey & Windle.

* The Writers’ Club in Bishop’ Stortford is held on the first Sunday of the month at the Twisted Cellar in South Street. Writers of all abilities and at all stages of their writing journey are welcome. Sessions cost £10 (£5 for students, pensioners and the unwaged).

The Writers' Club of Bishop's Stortford meets at the Twisted Cellar in South Street, Bishop's Stortford (30594703)
The Writers' Club of Bishop's Stortford meets at the Twisted Cellar in South Street, Bishop's Stortford (30594703)

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