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About Second Light

Second Light is a network of women poets, aged 40 and upwards (but see Associate Membership), 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 a 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 a twice yearly journal, ARTEMISpoetry, on public sale from the Autumn 2008 edition. The journal focusses on poetry, articles and reviews of books by women poets, including those of members. The journal also publishes the winning and commended poems from the Second Light competition, held annually and open to non-members, and the Launde Bag, poems arising from the residential courses at Launde Abbey near Leicester.

Second Light has published several anthologies in association with established poetry publishers and through its publishing wing, Second Light Publications.

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


Full Membership is open to women aged 40 and over, with a concessionary rate available for those with limited means (this is not age-related), and Associate Membership is open to women under 40.

Members receive ARTEMISpoetry twice-yearly, and other regular information about Second Light events and publications, discount on publications, priority booking and 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 events bookings etc.

Current rates:
      Full Membership:      1 year £25.    2 years £40.    3 year £60
      Concession/Associate: 1 year £13.    2 years £26.    3years £39
There are also book discount offers on joining and at renewal.

Join/Renew (pdf)      Join/Renew with Book Offers and/or Donate (pdf)

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Annual Renewal

Annual Renewals are due on 1st November. To Renew by post, download Apply / Renew form and the rates and book offers, where to send, etc, are set out in there. Various options are available – full or concession; 1, 2 or 3 year options; book offers; add a donation to SL funds – and there are savings if the 2 or 3 year renewal options are used.
The facility for online renewal is provided by poetry p f in the site’s ‘shop online’. This link – Second Light Renewals – takes to you the first of the available options: 1 year full membership. Browse down the page from there to choose the option you want.

Donations & Support

Second Light is grateful for any support offered in support of its aims, whether financial or by way of short statements of support or commendation.

Contact Us

For events, donations & support, projects, proposals, collaborations, ARTEMISpoetry:

          Dilys Wood, Founder and Organiser
          3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ.
          e-mail Dilys Wood
For joining and membership enquiries:

          Kaye Lee, Membership Secretary
          Flat 2, 75 Rosebery Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 2LE
          e-mail Kaye Lee
          Tel: +44(0) 2084 440097

For technical enquiries (website, e-mailing list), page submissions:

          Anne Stewart, Administrator and Web Editor
          20 Clovelly Way, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0WD
          e-mail Anne Stewart
          Tel: +44(0) 7850 537489