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
The last e-mail ‘mail-out’ was a Second Light Newsletter on 19th September 2016 (including opening the booking for the Autumn Festival). If you haven’t received it, request it here:
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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.
Friday 30th September – is the published deadline for artwork submissions and Members’ News for ARTEMISpoetry Issue 17, but it will help us enormously if you are able to submit artwork earlier, to be with Dilys Wood by Saturday 24th, or on this occasion, by e-mail to Anne Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Monday 26th)
Thursday 17th & Friday 18th November – Autumn Festival (booking open)
Tuesday 28th February, poetry submissions to ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 18
Friday 31st March, artwork, Noticeboard, and readers’ letters for ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 18
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May, Spring Festival
Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, Holland House Residential
Thursday, 31st August, poetry submissions to ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 19
Saturday, 30th September, artwork, Noticeboard, and readers’ letters for ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 19
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November, Autumn Festival
What does ‘earthiness‘ say to us? Topics which may come up in the workshops are: our basic human nature without the trappings; the natural environment and the fate of our much abused planet; people working the earth as gardeners, allotment-holders, farmers, wherever this happens on the planet; all that it means to try get a yield from the earth without destroying the environment.
We have four workshops, run by Jemma Borg, Kate Foley, Hannah Lowe and Myra Schneider. [note: Fri p.m. workshop is fully booked]
(straight to Programme or Booking Form)
The workshops and reading slots at the Open Mic, all at The Art Workers Guild in Queen Square, are open to women poets only. Men are welcome in the audience for any and all readings.
10:30am – 1pm, Myra Schneider: After considering some poems which both celebrate the natural world and show concern for the planet’s future we shall try out some very different ways to tackle writing about the earth and what is happening to it.
2 – 4:30pm, Jemma Borg: The American poet Gary Synder made a distinction between ‘wildness’ and ‘wilderness’. We will look at this idea and the challenges it presents to us as contemporary writers. What is ecopoetry and what kind of approaches might we try in our own writing?
10:30 am – 1pm, Kate Foley: ‘I hear those voices that will not be drowned…’ (Britten’s Opera). We’ll take a meditative look at the twins who shape our environment, Extinction and Evolution. We’ll look at giving voice to the poignancy of some of our losses and the beauty that remains…
1:45 – 4:15 pm, Hannah Lowe: Beaches, rivers, forests, fields. We will consider how contemporary poets have written about the earth, focussing on how people and natural landscapes are intricately related, and use examples and exercises to stimulate our own writing about people and place/space.
5 – 6pm Open Mic, with Guest Poets Katherine Gallagher & Jane McLaughlin
4:45 – 6pm, Open Mic with Guest Poets Caroline Carver, Cora Greenhill & Sarah Westcott
then a change of venue to the Enitharmon Gallery (Bury Place, 5 – 10 mins walk):
7 – 9pm Competition Adjudication with readings from the judge, Alison Brackenbury and three of the competition winners, Angela Kirby, Alison Mace & Caroline Price, followed after the interval with readings by R V Bailey, Kate Foley, Wendy French and Myra Schneider. White wine available at this event.
The Art Workers Guild: 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT (near Russell Square).
Enitharmon Gallery: 10 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.
How to find us.
Prices: (Concessions are intended only for those who cannot afford full price)
ALL EVENTS £87 (£60conc)
OR: 2 Workshops £47 (£34 conc) Single workshop £30 (£22conc) Friday Reception and Main Reading £8 (£5conc)
Programme (pdf) Booking Form (pdf)
JUDGE ALISON BRACKENBURY opted to 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
Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read here
This year’s Judge was Alison Brackenbury. Our thanks to Alison and to all who submitted poems. Congratulations to our winners: Alison Mace (1st, Long Poem), Caroline Price (1st, Short Poem), Angela Kirby (2nd) and Martha Street (3rd); and to all those Commended and Shortlisted (full list below).
The adjudication event is in the Autumn Festival lineup (17th & 18th November 16), with readings by the judge and three of the winning poets. Winning and Commended poems, and the Judge’s comment, are published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 17 (November 2016).
1st Prize, Long Poem Category: Schoolteaching, Alison Mace
1st Prize, Short Poem Category: The fiancée replays her vidio, Caroline Price
2nd Prize, In Which I Rebuild the Luminous City from the Detritus of my Past, Angela Kirby
3rd Prize, Winter Solstice, Martha Street
The Affair, Claire Askew
I have no words for this, Dorothy Coventon
Cycling on Lüneburg Heath, Sue Davies
Blodeuwedd, Jennie Farley
The Not Okay Corral, Justina Hart
In the hairdresser’s chair, Hilaire
Wide-Eyed, Alice Kavounas
Boating under the Northern Lights, Anna Kisby
Behind the Dolphin-Crested Gates, Jennie Osborne
My Father, Beyond the Pale, Orel Protopopescu
Geraniums, Louise Warren
Shake a leg, Rosy Wilson
Reservoir, Sarah Barr
Hen and Wendy’s, Jill Boucher
My Father Sang, Lorna Dexter
The Wall, Angela France
One Christmas, Jenny Hamlett
Swallower of light, Kathryn Healey
The Astronomer’s House, Pat Marum
Storyteller, Joan Michelson
Absolutely the last, Rosie Miles
On Merthyr Mawr Dunes, Elizabeth Neal
The Arrival, Susan Jane Sims
Menstruation, Olivia Walwyn
dreaming blue, Rosy Wilson
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.
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.
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
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 *
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.
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
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
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.
… a great time was had by all, sell out readings and workshops. Romanian participant, Elena Nistor, had her camera to hand…
Maggie shows Joan how the coat fits …
"and in this one here, look…"
Something funny this way comes?
Discussing the finer points…
Cornwall meets Normandie; Penelope and Kay talk shop
Katherine takes the throne… Elena (on her right) directs the shot