The Second Shelf Magazine

  • Nele Wellens

The Second Shelf is a literary and rare books catalogue hybrid, the aim of which is to increase the visibility of women’s writing throughout history. Each issue showcases beautifully photographed, carefully curated books, from first editions to fine bindings, and other rediscovered works by women. Contextualising these works are original commissions by writers, artists, photographers, and illustrators—including essays, poems, interviews, and profiles. As such, it combines the visual quality of a glossy art magazine with the calibre of writing found in exceptional literary journals. The magazine was nominated for ‘Art direction of the year 2018’ ‘Stack awards 2018’ art director of the year with The Second Shelf quarterly