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.
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
The membership year runs from 1st November to 31st October. Annual Renewals are due on 1st November by post or online. Various options are available – full or concession; 1, 2 or 3 year options (discounts on 2 & 3 year options); book offers; add a donation to SL funds.
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.
Current rates. To take advantage of the multi-year discount, you must be an existing member or, if joining part-way through the Membership year, please check the joining form (‘Join’ link below) to see what part-year payment you must add for the current year to 31st October:
Full Membership: 1 year £28. 2 years £46. 3 year £69
Concession/Associate: 1 year £16. 2 years £26. 3years £39
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