Poetry Competition 2016, OPEN

Fanfare Remote Workshops

Holland House Residential

Fanfare anthology

Poetry Competition 2015, RESULTS

News and Events

Her Wings of Glass anthology

Poetry Competition 2014 (& earlier) Results

ARTEMIS poetry

Mary MacRae ‘Access to Poetry’ Memorial Fund

Photos

 

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          Arts Council England
 
 

Myra Schneider’s new collection, Persephone in Finsbury Park, is now available… – see Books

Do you tutor or lead workgroups? We supply Workshops …

February 2016: Launch of the second Series in Second Light ‘Remote’ Workshops – Fanfare. Suitable for individuals at home or for working in groups. Like our first series, Her Wings of Glass, there are 8 workshops. more here

Second Light Network, News and Events, Competition…

The last e-mail ‘mail-out’ was a Second Light News on 11th August 2016. If you haven’t received it, request it here: e-mail request.
 
Note, Members only: To submit News / Events items for e-notices or inclusion in ARTEMISpoetry Noticeboard, see Submit News Item.      Non-Members may submit poetry-related calls and competitions only. See more information here: Non-Members, calls and comps
 
ARTEMISpoetry Issue 16, mail-out date was 31st May 2016. If you are a member or subscriber and haven’t received your copy, please do let us know: advise by e-mail. Guidelines for submissions here.

News and Events

Dates for your diary, …

AUGUST 31st: deadline for Open Poetry Competition
NOVEMBER 17th & 18th (Thu/Fri): Autumn Festival
 
JULY/AUGUST 2017: Mon 31st July to Fri 4th August, Holland House Residential, Worcestershire
 
 
 

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2016
Deadline Wednesday 31st August 2016

JUDGE ALISON BRACKENBURY will read all submitted entries. Brackenbury’s work has received an Eric Gregory and a Cholmondeley Award. She has appeared on many BBC Radio poetry programmes, most recently on Radio 4 in July 2014. Her 8th collection is Then and her 9th collection, Skies, was published this year (both Carcanet). Alison Brackenbury website
 
          £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
 
          £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)
 
          £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)
 
          Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry
 
          A London reading for winners.
 
Entry: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.**
 
more: Rules & Entry.

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2015 – RESULTS…

This year’s Judge was Myra Schneider. Our thanks to Myra and to all who submitted poems. Congratulations to our winners: Margaret Wilmot (1st, Long Poem), Carolyn King (1st, Short Poem), Judith Taylor (2nd) and Kathy Miles (3rd); and to all those Commended and Shortlisted (full list below).
 
The adjudication reading is taking place as part of Second Light’s Autumn Festival and will be on Friday 20th November, at the Artworkers Guild near Russell Square. Further detail will be included in the booking form for the festival.
 
Publication of the poems (in full, or extract if a long poem), as offered to the winning and commended poets, will be in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 15, due out in November 2015.
 
Myra Schneider will comment on the selection and give a reading from her own work at the adjudication event.

Full Results:

1st Prize, Long Poem Category: November Journal, Margaret Wilmot
1st Prize, Short Poem Category: Souvenir, Carolyn King
2nd Prize, Binding, Judith Taylor
3rd Prize, The Lady and the Unicorn, Kathy Miles
 

Read the Poems/Extracts as they appeared in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 15 (pdf)

 

Commended:
Welcome to our Museum of Curiosities, Yvonne Baker
Bugloss, Jan Bay‑Petersen
All at Sea, Margaret Eddershaw
Oradour-Sur-Glane, Viv Fogel
Going Home, Louise Green
Alchemists, Denise McSheehy
To Guddle, Catch a Fish with your Hands, Jenna Plewes
The slack-jawed girls, Caroline Price
The Edge, Isobel Thrilling
Cold feet, Aileen La Tourette
 
Short-Listed:
In the Bowes-Lyon Museum, Pat Borthwick
Packing, Sheena Drayton
Memorandum, Ann Drysdale
Goggie, Caroline Gilfillan
On Liking Time, Daphne Gloag
Whitehorse Hill Burial, Jenny Hamlett
Friday 13th, Justina Hart
Was it for this, Gill Learner
They told you this is not the place to cry, Kate Pursglove
Deserted, Victoria Pugh
Tiger Boy, Gillian Radcliffe
Scapegoat, Elizabeth Rapp
 

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Mon 3rd to Fri 7th August: Holland House Residential, Worcestershire

Holland House Retreat, Conference and Laity Centre, set in beautiful gardens on the River Avon, is in Cropthorne (Pershore, near Evesham). Our Tutors, Hannah Lowe, Myra Schneider, plus guest tutor, Caroline Price, and our ‘Mystery Guest!’, Kate Foley, kept us buzzing (in tune with the bee-full cottage garden!) all week. The theme of Her Wings of Glass, in keeping with the anthology, was designed to focus on extending the range and ambition of our writing.
 
 

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*** ANTHOLOGY “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

198pp, 167 poets, 241 poems… Fanfare is now out. Normal price is £12.95 plus p&p, but our introductory offer is for £10 including UK p&p (£9 to Second Light members; £12 to ROW).
 
Download the Order Form (pdf, Fanfare & Her Wings of Glass offers)
or buy at the poetry p f online shop:    Second Light Members      Non-Members: to UK      to outside UK.
 
When is a change a revolution? Fanfare, the promised sister anthology to Her Wings of Glass (2014, see below), continues the celebration of one of the most seismic on-going developments ever to affect literature…
 
As for Her Wings of Glass, we offer 2 lists below: list 1 – those poets who are, or were, also members of Second Light; list 2 – those poets who are not members.
 
LIST 1:
 
Alison Brackenbury * Alyss Dye * Angela Kirby * Ann Alexander * Ann Phillips * Ann Scorgie * Ann Segrave * Anna Avebury * Anne Boileau * Anne Ryland * Anne Stewart * Belinda Singleton * Bernie Kenny * Carole Coates * Caroline Carver * Caroline Maldonado * Carolyn O’Connell * Clare Crossman * Cynthia Fuller * Daphne Gloag * Daphne Schiller * Diana Moen Pritchard * Dilys Wood * Dorothy Ann Coventon * Dorothy Yamamoto * Eleanor Livingstone * Elisabeth Rowe * Elizabeth Burns * Fiona Owen * Gill Horitz * Gill Learner * Gill McEvoy * Gill Nicholson * Glynda Winterson * Harriet Proudfoot * Helen Hill * Hilary Davies * Hilary Jupp * Hylda Sims * Jane Kirwan * Jane McLaughlin * Jane Routh * Janet Fisher * Janet Lees * Janet Sutherland * Jean Harrison * Jean Watkins * Jemma Borg * Jenna Plewes * Jennifer A McGowan * Jenny Hamlett * Jenny Morris * Jill Eulalie Dawson * Jill Sharp * Jill Townsend * Jo Peters * Joan Michelson * Joan Sheridan Smith * Joy Howard * Judith Cair * Judith Wolton * Julie Sampson * Justina Hart * Kate Foley * Katherine Gallagher * Kathleen M Quinlan * Kathy Miles * Kay Syrad * Kaye Lee * Laurna Robertson * Linda Rose Parkes * Lorna Dexter * Lotte Kramer * Louise Green * Lucy Hamilton * Lynne Hjelmgaard * Lynne Wycherley * M R Peacocke * Maggie Norton * Maggie Sawkins * Margaret Beston * Margaret Eddershaw * Margaret Wilmot * Martha Street * Melinda Lovell * Mimi Khalvati * Moniza Alvi * Moya Pacey * Myra Schneider * Nancy Mattson * Pam Job * Pam Zinnemann‑Hope * Pat Marum * Pat Watson * Patricia Crittenden Bloom * Patricia Helen Wooldridge * Patricia Leighton * Pauline Keith * Penelope Shuttle * R V Bailey * Rebecca Hubbard * Rosie Miles * Rosy Wilson * Sarah Westcott * Shirley Wright * Sue MacIntyre * Sue Rose * Susan Jane Sims * U A Fanthorpe * Val Doyle * Victoria Pugh * Vivienne Tregenza * Wendy French * Wendy Klein * Yvonne Baker
 
LIST 2
 
Alison Hill * Angela Leighton * Anna Adams * Anne Caldwell * Anne Cluysenaar * Audrey Ardern‑Jones * Aviva Dautch * Barbara Cumbers * Beverly Hughes * Caroline Natzler * Carolyn Jess‑Cooke * Charlotte Gann * Denise Bennett * Deryn Rees‑Jones * Di Slaney * Fiona Ritchie Walker * Genista Lewes * Gillian Allnutt * Helen Jagger * Helen Moore * Helen Overell * Hilary Menos * Hilda Sheehan * Isabel Bermudez * Jackie Hinden * Jacqueline Gabbitas * Jane Duran * Jean Hall * Jo Roach * Joan Downar * Joanna Boulter * Kerry Darbishire * Kim Moore * Lara Frankena * Mandy Pannett * Marilyn Ricci * Mary MacRae * Michaela Ridgway * Pascale Petit * Rebecca Goss * Rennie Parker * Rose Cook * Rosie Jackson * S J Litherland * Seni Seneviratne * Sharon Morris * Sheila Hillier * Sue Aldred * Susanne Ehrhardt * Tracey Martin * U A Fanthorpe * Victoria Gatehouse * Victoria Kennefick *

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*** ANTHOLOGY “HER WINGS OF GLASS” ***
 
“I’m completely wowed … the most important anthology for decades”, John Killick
 
“tremendously inspiring”, Moniza Alvi        “an amazing anthology”, Pauline Stainer
 
“It’s a magnificent anthology (and I’m not just saying this because my mother’s face
peers at me from the cover!)”, Adam Horovitz
 
“I’m impressed”, Anne Stevenson

211pp, 134 poets, 237 poems… Her Wings of Glass (title from Sylvia Plath’s poem Stings) is now out. Normal price is £12.95 plus p&p, but we are continuing to offer it for £10 including UK p&p (£9 to Second Light members, £12 to non-members ROW).
 
Download the order form (pdf, Her Wings of Glass and Fanfare offers)
or buy at the poetry p f online shop:    Second Light Members      Non-Members: to UK      to outside UK.
 
This anthology complements, but is not a repeat of, our previous anthology (with Arrowhead Books), Images of Women.
 
The focus is on women’s writing which deals with ‘big issues’, for example the future of the planet, good and evil aspects of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, different aspects of our imaginative understanding of ‘who we are’.
 
This is the first of two anthologies. Poems submitted were considered both for Her Wings of Glass and for Fanfare (out November 2015, see above).
 
A majority of poems chosen for Her Wings of Glass are by Second Light members past and present (see list 1) and an additional wide range of poets are included (list 2). Some factors outside the editors’ control – such as exceptionally high permission fees demanded for the use of published poems by some publishers and some women poets not wanting to be published in an all-woman anthology – prevented the anthology being fully representative of the talent of UK women poets. However, we were delighted by the numbers of superb poems submitted. The co-operation of Second Light’s membership has helped us greatly to offer a wide cross-section of exciting work which we think is a true reflection of ambition and achievement.
 
LIST 1:
 
A C Clarke * Adele Ward * Alice Kavounas * Alison Brackenbury * Alyson Hallett * Angela Kirby * Angela Stoner * Ann Alexander * Anna Crowe * Anna Kisby * Anne Cluysenaar * Anne Ryland * Anne Stewart * Carol Beadle * Caroline Carver * Cheryl Moskowitz * Danielle Hope * Daphne Gloag * Denise Bennett * Denise McSheehy * Dilys Wood * Elizabeth Burns * Elizabeth Rapp * Gill Learner * Gill McEvoy * Helen Ivory * Hilary Davies * Hylda Sims * Isobel Thrilling * Jacqueline Gabbitas * Jane Mclaughlin * Jean Atkin * Jean Earle * Joan Poulson * Judith Cair * Judith Kazantzis * Judy Gahagan * June English * June Hall * Justina Hart * Kate Foley * Katherine Gallagher * Kay Cotton * Kay Syrad * Kim Moore * Lesley Quayle * Lotte Kramer * Lucy Hamilton * Lyn Moir * Lynne Wycherley * M R Peacocke * Maggie Butt * Maggie Sawkins * Maria Jastrzębska * Marion Tracy * Mary MacRae * Merryn Williams * Mimi Khalvati * Moniza Alvi * Myra Schneider * Nadine Brummer * Nancy Mattson * Penelope Shuttle * Pippa Little * R V Bailey * Rebecca Gethin * Rose Flint * Ruth Smith * S J Litherland * Sarah Westcott * Seni Seneviratne * Sharon Morris * Susanne Ehrhardt * Thelma Laycock * U A Fanthorpe * V Gatehouse * Victoria Pugh * Wendy French * Zeeba Ansari
 
LIST 2
 
Angela Leighton * Anna Adams * Anna Robinson * Anne Stevenson * Aviva Dautch * Caitriona O’Reilly * Carole Satyamurti * Caroline Price * Carrie Etter * Catherine Smith * Christine Evans * Clare Pollard * Deryn Rees‑Jones * Dinah Livingstone * Dorothy Nimmo * Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin * Elaine Feinstein * Esther Morgan * Fiona Sampson * Fleur Adcock * Frances Horovitz * Gillian Allnutt * Gillian Clarke * Gwyneth Lewis * Hannah Lowe * Helen Moore * Imtiaz Dharker * Jackie Kay * Jackie Wills * Jane Duran * Jane Griffiths * Jen Hadfield * Julia Darling * Kate Bingham * Katrina Porteous * Linda Black * Lorna Thorpe * Marie Naughton * Marita Over * Martha Kapos * Maura Dooley * Menna Elfyn * Pascale Petit * Pauline Stainer * Phoebe Hesketh * Polly Clark * Rebecca Goss * Róisín Tierney * Ruth Fainlight * Selima Hill * Sinéad Morrissey * Siobhan Logan * Susan Wicks * Vuyelwa Carlin

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Mary MacRae ‘Access to Poetry’ Memorial Fund

Second Light is pleased to continue management of this fund, whose purpose is to assist members on low income, and their travelling companions if required, to attend Second Light events by way of providing a modest sum towards travelling costs. The fund was started with a generous donation from the family of Mary MacRae, a fine poet and, until her death in 2009, an enthusiastic and supportive member of Second Light. For more details or to apply, see Second Light Mary MacRae ‘Access to Poetry’ Fund.

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A few photos from our Autumn Festival, 2008, where…

… a great time was had by all, sell out readings and workshops. Romanian participant, Elena Nistor, had her camera to hand…

Joan Waddleton, Maggie Norton

Maggie shows Joan how the coat fits …

Anne Ballard (speaker), Daphne Schiller, Anna Avebury

"and in this one here, look…"

Anne Stewart, Administrator

Something funny this way comes?

Pat Earnshaw and Hilary Llewellyn‑Williams

Discussing the finer points…

Penelope Shuttle, Kay Cotton

Cornwall meets Normandie; Penelope and Kay talk shop

Elena Nistor, Katherine Gallagher, Anne Stewart

Katherine takes the throne… Elena (on her right) directs the shot

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