Welcome to Issue 7 of Antiphon.

This is a special commemorative issue for the Sheffield Poetry Festival 2013, running from 1st – 9th June in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK – see http://sheffieldpoetryfestival.com
We’re excited to feature a selection of poems from many of the poets who will be reading or taking part in the festival. We hope to publicise the festival and also give our international readers a taste of the very active poetry scene in the UK.

There’s new work from Bernard O'Donaghue and Conor O’Callaghan and we’ve also been given the opportunity to republish work of some significance, such as Gillian Clarke’s Senedd from her volume ‘Ice’, and Julia Copus’s Heronkind from ‘The Two Smallest Humans in the World’. The Festival aims to give local poets and community groups exposure alongside the big names, so we’ve done that, too. We’re extremely pleased, of course, to be able to feature highly acclaimed poets like Sinead Morrissey and Jean Sprackland but it’s also pleasing to see poets we admire in the local poetry scene sitting next to the big hitters. We have 47 poets in all and it’s been interesting to read work written in styles outside our usual remit. We hope you too will enjoy the wider range of poetry we’ve included.

Please let us know what you think – about the size of this issue, and about the different techniques the poets have used. If you do come to the Festival perhaps you can track us down and let us know. Rosemary will be running a workshop with the Cutting Edge poets on Saturday 8th June. Noel, who’s been heavily involved in organising the events, will be lurking around most of them. Come up and say hello and let us know what you think of Antiphon – in the nicest possible way, of course.

Issue 8 will be back to the usual format – around 20-30 poems of brilliance and exquisite construction, including a couple of strange and puzzling ones. Send us your best: Antiphon is greedy for good poetry.

Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams


Copyright of all poems remains with the poet and/or their publishers. All images are of Sheffield, UK and its environs, and are copyright Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams. No content to be reproduced without permission.

Many thanks to the organisers of Sheffield Poetry Festival, 2013 and to all the poets who provided poems for this issue.