Poetry Libraries

Schools & Courses





Member-run Events and Other Interest

Organisations useful to members, links to other sites of interest, etc… We hope to extend this list in course of time.
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Poetry Libraries (details, where known)

London, Southbank

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX.
Tel: +44(0) 207 921 0943 / 0664. website

Morpeth, Northumberland

The Willows, Morpeth, NE61 1TA.
Tel: +44(0)1670 534514

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT.
Tel: +44(0) 131 557 2876 website

Schools & Courses

The ArvonFoundation

Arvon runs residential courses in centres around the UK. Several SLN members tutor for them on their poetry courses. See their website

Simone Mansell Broome

runs and/or co-hosts several events in West Wales – readings, workshops, weekend events, Word Up open mic & guest readers. Ceridwen Centre e-mail Simone

Tricia Corob

runs a series of workshops which combine meditation with creativity in various forms, also using crayons, clay, sometimes dance, as well as writing, to loosen blocks and explore different levels of the psyche. St Johns Wood. website. tel 0207 722 3341

Dorchester Arts Centre

Pam Zinneman-hope runs Poetry Dorchester with Zenobia Venner. They hold regular workshops. Details: e-mail Pam

Katherine Gallagher

poet, tutor, competition judge; runs events in Palmers Green and Barnet. e-mail website

Nafplion, mainland Greece. Residential Workshops

Margaret Eddershaw organises 5-day workshops, 7-night stays & trips to archaelogical sites. Inspiring location. e-mail Margaret or tel 0030 27520 21855

The Poetry School

81-83 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6DX.
Tel: +44(0) 845 223 5274 e-mail website

The Poetry Society

22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX.
Tel: +44(0) 207 420 9880 e-mail website

The Poetry Business

Book & Pamphlet Competition, The North, Smith/Doorstop.
Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS. .
Tel: +44(0) 1484 434 840 website

Poetry Education at the Southbank

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX.
Tel: +44(0) 207 921 0943 / 0664. website

Maggie Sawkins

co-runs the Tongues & Grooves poetry & music event at Southsea and is involved in organising and running several events (workshops, readings, festival) in the Portsmouth area.

Myra Schneider

poet, editor, tutor, consultant to Second Light Network. e-mail website

also see Resources: THE SOUTH

Christine Vial

runs a creative writing group and a reading group in North London N21.(Both include the writing/reading of poetry). For more details, contact Christine on 07905209459 or by e-mail


web community: website

Publishers (who have worked with Second Light Network)

Arrowhead Press

70 Clifton Road, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 5DX e-mail website

Enitharmon Press

26B Caversham Road, London, NW5 2DU.
Tel: +44(0) 20 7482 5967 e-mail website

Headland Publications

York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 3JF.
Tel: +44(0) 151 625 9128 e-mail website


10 St Martins Close, London NW1 0HR.
Tel: +44(0) 20 7485 3830 e-mail website


The French Literary Review

Barbara Dordi, Editor, 11 Bath Road, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EP (Oct 20 please note new e-mail address) e-mail       details & guidelines (pdf)

The Interpreter’s House

Oxford. (see website for addresses for subscription and submission). website


Everybody always remembers that amazing moment they actually won a prize … Every issue, around 200 competitions – some with free entry; at least 50 for poetry, around 40 for short stories. Plus collections, anthologies, playwriting, non fiction, books etc, home and abroad. Details of around £250,000 in prize money. Subscription details and request free sample from Kudos website.

London Magazine

A Review of Literature and the Arts. Publishes poetry, fiction, features and reviews. website


Ideas, resources, publishing lists, opportunities… everything for women who write. website

Nine Muses Poetry

a webzine managed and edited by Annest Gwilym, poet and occasional short story writer. This webzine features all forms of poetry by new, emerging and established poets, showcasing the best of contemporary poetry. website


17 Greenhow Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire, CH48 5EL e-mail no website, but see presence on Kudos website.

Poetry London

One of Britain’s leading poetry magazines, features original poems, and reviews, and sponsors a rewarding annual contest for unpublished poems’ website


Malcolm Bradley, ‘Bodnant’, 10 Llwynon Gardens, Llandudno, Conwy, Wales, LL30 2HP e-mail website



Poetry, short fiction, artwork and reviews. 3 issues p.a. Ed. Wayne Burrows and based in Nottingham. website


Amsterdam. Annual journal of the WordsInHere international collective of writers… website

Resources (Poetry)

Earlyworks Press

The Earlyworks Press website hosts a workshopping club for writers and illustrators, a variety of language and literary services, and fiction and poetry competitions offering cash prizes and publication opportunities. The best of the competition entries are published in Earlyworks Press anthologies which are available from independent bookshops, and promoted by club members at events and festivals around the country. website

Poetry Book Society

Significant discounts for members. website

Poetry Magazines

a free access site to the full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. website

poetry p f

a growing showcase of today’s poets (poems, biography, contacts, put a face to the name’) run by Anne Stewart. Has a series of Poem Cards for sale (poets are paid royalties on sales) website

Robin Houghton magazine list

If you’re submitting work to UK and Irish poetry magazines then you may find this useful: a spreadsheet listing over a hundred poetry magazines (print and online) with details of their submissions windows. It’s a PDF document with clickable links. Robin Houghton prepares and distributes it by email and it’s free. You just need to subscribe on her website robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk

Society of Women Writers & Journalists

the UK’s oldest Society for professional women writers. Aims: encouragement of literary achievement; the upholding of professional standards; social contact with fellow writers and others in the field. website


THE SOUTH is a writers hub and literary development agency for the south east based in Brighton. They deliver literature-based arts projects, education and community programmes throughout the region and internationally. They provide creative writing workshops of all kinds; community, education and literacy projects; landscape and heritage writing projects; event and festival organisation; and meeting space at Brighton Writers Centre. website

Resources (Technical)

Adobe Acrobat pdf file Reader

Adobe offers a free version of their popular Acrobat pdf reader. So many sites choose pdf files as their preferred means of making forms, fliers and brochures available on-line that, if you don't have it, it's certainly worth downloading it. Once you're on their site, choose Get Adobe Reader. The site should recognise your operating system (MAC, Windows ME, Windows XP, Vista etc) and offer you the right version. It will also tell you the space required to download it, so you can check your computer's free space is adequate. website.

I.T. Guy

Need help with your computer? Second Light have received technical assistance from I.T. Guy and Microsoft Certified Professional Systems Engineer, Ben Schneider, who is able to offer remote support services and more… website: I.T. Guy   e-mail or Tel: 07775 621150.

Silbercow – Martin Parker

Silbercow provides graphic design for arts organisations and arts-based projects. Martin designed the cover for Second Light Publications for Mary MacRae’s collection As Birds Do and for a great many of Hearing Eye’s publications. Silbercow

Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart offers services to poets and poetry organisations. With over 20 years experience in commercial organisations (accounting, management, administration, IT), she has a wide range of technical skills to bring to poetry projects. She is the founder of poetry p f and created both the poetry p f and SecondLightLive websites. e-mail.


Vanbar offers web-design, development and consultancy services. They came up with a tailored training programme to enable Second Light Network to design and create the SecondLightLive site, adding value by suggesting benefits we had not considered, and wrote the scripts for the dynamic elements. Knowledgeable, pro-active, committed: what more can you ask? website

Member-run Events &
Other Interest

Poetry on the Lake

Annual competition and festival in beautiful St Giulio, Lago d'Orta, Italy, run by Gabriel Griffin. Address on site or Tel: (+39) 3478464227.

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents:

Ruth runs a variety of events in North London, most in Camden and at the Lumen Centre (near Kings Cross) in aid of Shelter for the Homeless. Contact Ruth: e-mail. She runs an annual Poetry Competition and edits periodic anthologies of work from ‘Readers from the Floor’. Ruth hopes to see you at as many events as possible.

Rhythm & Muse

Alison Hill founded and organises the Rhythm & Muse poetry and music event in Teddington. website.

Second Bite Poets & Grey Hen Press

W Yorks group of women poets: Joy Howard, Hilary Murray & Gina Standring. Their agenda is to perform at fringe and local literary events, at festivals and WI meetings. They also plan to self-publish (imprint: Grey Hen Press) a pamphlet for sale at those events. Main contact: Joy Howard.

Vane Women

a writers’ collective from the North of England run a Press and workshops and are performers on the stage as well as on the page. website


New group in Chester formed by Gill McEvoy in 2007. Open Floor readings, Alexander’s Jazz Theatre Bar, Rufus Court, Chester, CH1 2JG (8:00p.m. 3/2(conc). This may have been re-defined so best to check with Gill