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About us

Second Light Network is a network of women poets who are published or beginning to get published and who are serious about developing their work.  The Network was founded by Dilys Wood in 1994.  As organiser, she is assisted by Myra Schneider (Consultant), a very-part-time administrator, and an 8-member committee which supports the work of the organisation.

We aim to promote the work of all women poets, and also to develop and promote the work of members, through publications, readings, one-day courses, residential workshops and festivals.  

The Network keeps in touch through e-mail Newsletters, Facebook, and a Noticeboard in ARTEMISpoetry, a twice yearly journal which includes reviews of books by women poets, including books and pamphlets by members, articles, information about workshops, courses and readings.  ARTEMISpoetry also publishes the winning and commended poems from the Second Light Poetry Competition which is held annually. Members also receive the Launde Bag or Holland Haul, a supplement of poetry arising from Second Light's residential workshop, held in the past at either Launde Abbey in Leicestershire or Holland House in Cropthorne.  

Second Light has published several anthologies in association with established poetry publishers and through its publishing wing, Second Light Publications, as well as occasional books by individual members. (Publications)

The Membership numbers circa 350 and includes very well-known poets such as RV Bailey, Mimi Khalvati and Penelope Shuttle.

Events

We hold an annual 3 to 4-day conference. There are several workshops, readings and discussions and attendees are invited to bring along their books for sale.   A competition is held and the winning poems and a selection of poems from attendees is published in a special booklet, and distributed (to members only), either as a supplement to ARTEMISpoetry or as an oline file.  The venue is currently Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcs. Each year, the resulting course anthology, Holland Haul, is distributed to participants and made available to other Second Light members.

Festivals:  there are two annual festivals, in Spring and Autumn, usually held in London for ease of access. Normally taking place over 2 days, they comprise workshops and readings and provide an opportunity for members to meet and catch up on each other's news.  All events are open to non-members.  Members receive a 'priority booking' offer and early booking is recommended as the workshops fill very quickly, often within a few days of opening the booking.

Tutors: Past and forthcoming tutors at Launde Abbey/Holland House and the festivals include Gillian Allnutt, Moniza Alvi, Jemma Borg, Catherine Byron, Anne Cluysenaar, Jane Duran, Kate Foley, Wendy French, Katherine Gallagher, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, Mimi Khalvati, Hannah Lowe, Esther Morgan, Pascale Petit, Caroline Price, Fiona Sampson, Myra Schneider, Pauline Stainer, Penelope Shuttle and Sarah Westcott.

Other Events:  Occasional other reading and workshop events are notified initially by e-mail Newsletter (letters to those not on e-mail) and posted on the Second Light website.  Second Light publications are highly regarded, often going into re-run, and launch readings are popular and usually very well attended. Again, early booking is recommended!

Other prominent poets who have worked with the organization include Anna Adams,  R V Bailey, U A Fanthorpe, Elaine Feinstein, Judith Kazantzis, Meg Peacocke and Anne Stevenson.

Please let us know if you want to be added to our e-mailing list (include your name and e-mail address).

DATES / NEWS / EVENTS all at www.secondlightlive.co.uk/news.shtml

 

Publications

 

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Persephone in Finsbury Park

                                              Myra Schneider

“Myra Schneider’s poetry is rare in seeming both richly spontaneous and finely controlled … these sensuous and generous poems are far-reaching … Fascinated by the texture of the world, again and again, with a sure touch, she brings its multiplicities to life.”
                                                                    Moniza Alvi

Second Light Publications, 2016

ISBN:   978-0-9927088-2-5

£7.95, (47 pp)

order a copy (pdf file)

 

 

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Fanfare

    “As a trumpet-call of celebration, Fanfare is exactly the right title for this anthology. Adventurous … witty and moving, intelligent … these poems … will shock and delight you.”
                  Dr R V Bailey

     
    "The sky is full of cadences writes Sue Rose in her poem in this beautiful anthology, a fitting metaphor for the sheer range of topics and tones in these poems … ”,
                 Hannah Lowe

Second Light Publications, 2015
eds. Wendy French and Dilys Wood

ISBN:   978-1-9927088-1-8

£12.95 + p&p, (198 pp)

Purchase at shop online (offer £10 incl p&p)
or download postal order form (pdf file)

 

 

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Her Wings of Glass

Women are still sometimes labelled 'bodies and relationships' writers, praised mainly for emotional integrity. In reality a woman poet of the 21st century - strong in 'her lion-red body' (Plath poem, Stings) - ignores limiting gender assumptions. As the exciting work here shows, she writes what she wants to write, goes where integrity and aspiration take her.

Second Light Publications, 2014
eds. Myra Schneider, Penelope Shuttle and Dilys Wood

ISBN:   978-1-9927088-0-1

£12.95 + p&p, (211 pp)

Purchase at shop online (offer £10 incl p&p)
or download postal order form (pdf file)

 

 

ARTEMISpoetry

 

ARTEMISpoetry

    biannual journal of women's writing

Published in May & Nov each year, 60+ pages of women's poetry and women's writing about poetry, reviews and artwork. ARTEMISpoetry aims to show the best in women's writing today.

Single Issue £5 + p&p;      Subscription £9 + p&p

Second Light Publications

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Purchase at shop online

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Inside the Brightness of Red

                                              Mary MacRae

A second, posthumous collection. In her Afterword, Mimi Khalvati says of these poems, ‘We cannot read Mary without becoming her, so strong is her empathy with all living things, so intense her desire to be fully alive, so palpable her sense of mortality.’ The wide range of poems here includes poignant work written when she was terminally ill but also beautiful lyric poems about childhood, youth, relations with parents, marriage, friendship and her responses to art and nature.

ISBN: 978-0-9546934-8-0, (96 pp), £8.95, non-members please add £2 per book p&p. (Offer with order form: £8 incl p&p or £6 each for 2 or more copies)

Second Light Publications, 2010

ISBN:   978-0-9546934-8-0

£8.95, (96 pp)  (Members £8 incl p&p)
Offer: 2 or more copies, £6 each

order a copy (pdf file)

 

 

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Antarctica

                                              Dilys Wood

Dilys Wood, founder & co-ordinatior of Second Light, has published a poetry collection, Antarctica, which is all about The White Continent and includes the long poem The South Pole Inn, which invents a meeting in the West of Ireland in the 1920’s between the real-life Endurance Expedition heroes, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean. The meeting leads to a fictional love and adventure story…

Dilys is donating all proceeds from sales of her book to Second Light Network funds.

Greendale Press, 2008
13 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ. £5.95 (95pp)

Copies direct from Greendale Press

 

 

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As Birds Do

                                              Mary MacRae

This is MacRae’s first poetry collection. She is published in journals and many anthologies. She lives in London but has travelled widely and has close connections with Kent and [West] Wales. Outer landscapes in city and countryside are often her entry point to the inner, spiritual landscape explored in her poems.

Second Light Publications, 2007

ISBN:   978-0-9546934-3-5

SOLD OUT

 Was £7.95, (68 pp)  (Members £7)

 

 

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Becoming

                                              Myra Schneider

" Becoming centres on the highly individual voices of four people as they help each other to escape from intricate patterns of prejudice, frustration and self-doubt. Expert plotting sets up tensions, contrasts, echoes, cuts unexpectedly from voice to voice, while evocative descriptions engage the imagination. Becoming recaptures for modern poetry the neglected ground of dramatic narrative."               Anne Cluysenaar
(see more

Second Light Publications, 2007

ISBN:   0-9546934-2-6

£5.95, (47 pp)

order a copy (pdf file)

 

 

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Images of Women

" This is a book that has been waiting to be written since, perhaps, the nineteen-seventies, when women at last began to play a serious part in the world of poetry.  These images of women are images of women by women, constructed out of twenty-first century consciousness, unmediated by the male gaze."           U A Fanthorpe
(see more

Arrowhead Press in association with Second Light, 2006, eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood

ISBN 10:   1-904852-14-9
ISBN 13:   978-1-904852-14-8

£12.95, (211 pp)

order a copy (pdf file)

 

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My Mother Threw Knives

 sister-publication (pamphlet-style) to Images of Women, Second Light Publications, 2006, eds. Wendy French, Maggie Sawkins and Dilys Wood  (see more)

ISBN:   0-9546934-1-8

SOLD OUT

 Was £4.50, (77 pp)

 

 

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Four Caves of the Heart

... (Second Light Publications') first independent publication celebrates the work of members with exceptional talent but who are not yet widely known. We think you will find these voices interesting, distinctive and compelling.

Second Light Publications, 2004, eds. Myra Schneider and Caroline Price

ISBN:   0-9546934-0-x

SOLD OUT

Was £8.95   (119 pp)

a few rebound copies available for £2

order a rebound copy (pdf file)

 

 

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Making Worlds

...a major anthology of poetry by women writers in Britain. It is the first such anthology produced in this century and it demonstrates the strength of women's writing today and its increasing contribution to the poetry of the last thirty years. The editors have aimed to show the imaginative power, depth of thought and range of content in women's work

Headland in association with Second Light, 2003, eds. Myra Schneider, Dilys Wood and Gladys Mary Coles

ISBN:   1-902096-70-3

SOLD OUT

Was £10.95, (272 pp)

 

 

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Parents

...includes poems by 114 poets living in Britain about their own parents and has work both by established writers and exciting newcomers. Only a few copies left.

Enitharmon in association with Second Light, 2000, eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood

ISBN:   1 900564 71 8

SOLD OUT

Was £8.95, (218 pp)

 

ARTEMISpoetry

Noticeboard: Members are invited to send news items (information about events, successes, publications) for inclusion in e-notices and the Noticeboard section of ARTEMISpoetry.  See deadlines ARTEMISpoetry

Submit news items Online (preferred), or by post to Dilys Wood.

 

2007 FORWARD PRIZE SHORTLISTINGS...
Myra Schneider's poem "Goulash" (printed in the Launde Bag in the July SLN Newsletter) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best single poem AND Joanna Boulter's collection "Twenty Four Preludes & Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich" (reviewed in the July SLN Newsletter), which was shortlisted for the best first collection!  — and Mary MacRae's poem, Jury, is featured in the Forward Anthology.

 

Annual Competition for Long & Short Poems by Women

Four prizes are offered each year.  A first prize each for the best Long Poem and the best Short Poem (up to 50 lines), a second and a third prize.

Competition Judges & Prize-winners:

2017         Myra Schneider
                    
winners: Jill Dawson & Mary Robinson, Liz Diamond & Shirley Wright
                    (note, 2 2nd prizes awarded)

2016         Alison Brackenbury
                    
winners: Alison Mace & Caroline Price, Angela Kirby, Martha Street

2015         Myra Schneider
                    
winners: Margaret Wilmot & Carolyn King, Judith Taylor, Kathy Miles

2014         Jackie Kay
                    
winners: Kate Foley & Margaret Beston, Pippa Little, Ann Alexander
                                        & Sue Davies
                    (note, joint 3rd prize awarded)

2013         Moniza Alvi
                    
winners: Clare Best & Kathy Miles, Gill Learner, Helen Moore

2012         Katherine Gallagher
                    
winners: A C Clarke & Doreen Hinchliffe, Brigid Sivill, Margaret Speak

2011          Fiona Sampson
                    
winners: Daphne Gloag & Moya Pacey, Hilary Jenkins, Clare Crossman

2010         Myra Schneider
                   
 winners: Anne Cluysenaar & Andie Lewenstein, Caroline Price
                                      & Elisabeth Rowe
                     (note, joint 2nd & 3rd prize awarded)

and prior to addition of 'long poems'

2009        Pauline Stainer
                   
 winners: Lynne Wycherley,Margaret Wilmot, Kay Syrad

2008        Gillian Clarke
                   
 winners: Eleanor Livingstone, Anne Wigley, Sheila Wild

2007        Carole Satyamurti
                   
 winners: Pat Borthwick, Kate Foley, Doreen Hinchliffe

2006        Penelope Shuttle
                   
 winners: Pam Hughes, Anne Ryland, Margaret Speak

 

Membership & Renewal

Full Membership is open to women aged over 40, with a concessionary rate available for those with limited means, and Associate Membership is open to women under 40.

Members receive twice-yearly Newsletters, other regular information about Second Light events and publications, discount on publications, priority booking, opportunities for publication in Newsletters and anthologies.

Associate Members (women under 40) receive the same benefits as members, excepting that full members have priority for publication and the chance to read at SLN events.

Current rates:   

    Full Membership: £27 pa,  £44 for 2 years,   £66 for 3 years.  

    Concessionary/Associate Membership: £16 pa,  £26 for 2 years,  £39 for 3 years.

    Book Offers: as set out in Join or Renew Application.

Donations welcome.

Apply to join or renew:    Complete the Application (pdf)

Contact details

Organiser:    Dilys Wood

Consultant:  Myra Schneider - website

Membership Secretary: Kaye Lee

Administrator: Anne Stewart

Donations welcome.   Please send cheque payable to "Second Light" to Dilys Wood, Co-ordinator, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ.

Links:

SecondLightLive - the website of Second Light Network

 

Anna Adams          Gillian Allnutt          Moniza Alvi

Catherine Byron          Anne Cluysenaar          UA Fanthorpe          Elaine Feinstein

Kate Foley          Katherine Gallagher(and Katherine on poetry p f )

Judith Kazantzis         Mimi Khalvati

Hilary Llewellyn-Williams          Esther Morgan          M R Peacocke

Pascale Petit          Caroline Price          Carole Satyamurti

Myra Schneider (on poetry p f)          Penelope Shuttle          Pauline Stainer

Anne Stevenson       Anne Stewart(and Anne at poetry p f )     Dilys Wood

 

  Enitharmon Press           The Poetry School

 

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