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 periodic Newsletters (circa 8 a year) and 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, and a small selection of artwork by women. The journal also publishes the winning and commended poems from the Second Light competition, held annually and open to non-members.
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, one free entry into the annual poetry competition, discount on SL publications, priority booking for SL events, and opportunities for publication in Newsletters and anthologies. From November 2022, non-UK Members are asked to assist with ever-rising postal costs by choosing to have their copy of ARTEMISpoetry as a pdf file by e-mail, or by adding a small sum to their chosen Membership option. We also send out a periodic Newsletter by e-mail to keep members informed as to events and publications.
Associate Members (women under 40) receive the same benefits as members, excepting that full members have priority for events bookings etc.
Considering joining but not sure if Second Light is right for you? Request a sample copy (random selection from back issues) of ARTEMISpoetry. Include your name and address in the e-mail. Join Mailing List
Join now – please see Joining form (pdf) for annual rates and part-year rates when joining during February to October. Payment may be made online using the ‘Invoice or other as agreed’ link here (and change the quantity to the number of £s you mean to pay).
The membership year runs from 1st November to 31st October. Annual Renewals are due on 1st November by post or online.
This link – Second Light Renewals – takes you to the first of the available options: 1 year full membership, or complete the Renewal form (pdf) to send by post.
Full Membership: 1 year £32
Concession/Associate: 1 year £20
non-UK Members, add postage for print copies of ARTEMISpoetry: 1 year £6
(Second Light Members: Opt-In to Receiving Newsletters here)
Second Light has in place: Data Protection Officer, Dilys Wood, Data Processors Anne Stewart and Kaye Lee.
Second Light does not give Members’ contact details to third parties (including other Members) unless the prior permission of the Member concerned has been obtained.
Second Light will only share or publicise information (including names, towns of residence etc) where it has been actively submitted for the purpose of being made public e.g. submissions of news or other items for inclusion in ARTEMISpoetry, Newsletters, a SecondLightLive page, Second Light’s Facebook page, promotional or other agreed materials.
Given that Second Light is an all-female network, any participation by Members or Non-Members in Second Light events and/or publications will effectively disclose their gender. Agreement to any such participation is deemed to be ‘prior permission’ to disclose gender.
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.
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