Light 20th Anniversary
LONG & SHORT POEMS BY WOMEN
Wings of Glass is out!
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
organiser, she is assisted by Myra Schneider (Consultant), a very-part-time
administrator, and a 9-member committee which supports the work
of the organisation.
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.
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)
Membership numbers circa 350 and includes very well-known
poets such as RV Bailey, Mimi Khalvati and Penelope Shuttle.
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.
In 2014 the venue was once again Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcs.
The 2014 publication Holland Haul was made available to members
at the end of November 2014.
Festivals: there are
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
All events are open to non-members. Members receive
a 'priority booking' offer.
Past and forthcoming tutors at Launde Abbey/Holland House and the festivals
include Gillian Allnutt, Catherine Byron, Anne Cluysenaar, Jane
Duran, Kate Foley, Wendy French,
Gallagher, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, Mimi Khalvati, Hannah Lowe,
Esther Morgan, Pascale Petit, Fiona
Sampson, Myra Schneider,
and Penelope Shuttle.
Events: Readings and workshops are arranged throughout
the year, across the UK. Second Light Network publications
are highly regarded, often going into re-run, and launch readings
are popular and usually very well attended. Advance booking
poets who have worked with the organization include Anna Adams,
Moniza Alvi, U.A. Fanthorpe, Elaine Feinstein,
Judith Kazantzis, Meg Peacocke, Caroline
Price and Anne Stevenson.
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
Wings of Glass
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
eds. Myra Schneider, Penelope Shuttle and Dilys Wood
at shop online (offer
£10 incl p&p)
download postal order form (pdf file)
journal of women's writing
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
Issue £5 + p&p; Subscription
£9 + p&p
at shop online
the Brightness of Red
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
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)
Light Publications, 2010
(96 pp) (Members £8 incl p&p)
or more copies, £6 each
order a copy (pdf file)
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)
direct from Greendale Press
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.
Light Publications, 2007
(68 pp) (Members £7)
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."
Light Publications, 2007
a copy (pdf file)
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
in association with Second Light, 2006,
eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood
ISBN 13: 978-1-904852-14-8
a copy (pdf file)
Mother Threw Knives
(pamphlet-style) to Images of Women, Second Light
eds. Wendy French, Maggie Sawkins and Dilys Wood (see
Caves of the Heart
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.
eds. Myra Schneider and Caroline Price
£8.95 (119 pp)
few rebound copies available for £2
a rebound copy (pdf file)
...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
in association with Second Light, 2003,
eds. Myra Schneider, Dilys Wood and Gladys Mary Coles
...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.
in association with Second Light, 2000,
eds. Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood
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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
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.
2014 (now closed)
PRIZES: FIRST £300 for winner of
SECOND £100 and THIRD £50, plus COMMENDED: Book prizes
All winning &
commended poems will be published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry and
poets will be invited to read at the adjudication event in London.
are now posted on the SecondLightLive website. See Results
results and winning poems on Second
1st prize: Lynne
Wycherley, The Lightning
2nd prize: Margaret
3rd prize: Kay
their flora, /their fauna "
Light now has its own website
and full detail are posted there. The winning and other poems
placed in the competitions are published in ARTEMISpoetry, a bi-annual
journal of writing by women: poetry, articles, reviews and
1st prize: Eleanor Livingstone, Snow Hare;
2nd prize: Anne Wigley,
Learning to Swim
3rd prize: Sheila Wild, Shiant Wife
Carole Satyamurti (link
to Carole Satyamurti
Prize: Pat Borthwick
2nd Prize: Kate
Prize: Doreen Hinchliffe The Regular
the winning poems (pdf file)
Anne Alexander (2 poems), Jill Dawson, Kate Foley, Jane
McLaughlin, Mary MacRae, Denise McSheehy, Anne Stewart, Fiona Ritchie
Astrid Van Baalen, Pat Borthwick, Elizabeth Burns, Tricia
Corob, Rhiannon Cree, Clare Crossman, Marilyn Donovan, Doreen Hinchliffe,
Maria Jastrzebska (2 poems), Doreen King (2 poems), Gill McEvoy,
Shelley McAllister, Jane McLaughlin, Rosemary McLeish, Pat Marum,
Margaret Speak, Zoe Williams
Penelope Shuttle link
poem: Pam Hughes Seven Sisters
2nd Prize: Anne Ryland Snegurochka
Speak The Photographer's Apprentice
the winning and second prize poems and Judge's report (pdf file)
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.
receive twice-yearly Newsletters, other regular information about
Second Light events and publications, discount on publications,
priority booking, opportunities for publication in Newsletters and
Members (women under 40) receive the same benefits as members, excepting that full
members have priority for publication and the chance to read at
Membership: £25 pa, £40 for 2 years, £60 for
Membership: £16 pa, £26 for 2 years, £39 for 3 years.
Offers: as set out in Join or Renew Application.
to join or renew: Complete
the Application (pdf)
welcome. Please send cheque payable to "Second
Light" to Dilys Wood, Co-ordinator, 3 Springfield Close, East
Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ.
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