Millstone Grit launch day!

launchThe launch event for the Millstone Grit anthology is at 7.30 pm, Wednesday, 19th October 2016, at the Sheffield Institute of Arts, Old Post Office, Fitzalan Square.

Nearly half the contributors will be reading, and we will also be announcing the winners of our Art meets Poetry competition. Free! All welcome!

To order copies from the website, please use the link on the right.


Millstone Grit

IMG_4118As part of Sheffield Hallam University’s Catalyst Festival, Antiphon has been preparing an anthology of poetry by poets connected with the university. It’s the first time we’ve tried a print publication and marks the official launch of Antiphon Press!

Noel and I managed to persuade Carolyn Waudby, a Senior Lecturer at Hallam, to join us in the project, and I’ve spent the last few months learning about typesetting, layout, optical justification and kerning etc. We’ve just received the proof copy from the printers and we’re delighted with it! The full book launch will be on 19th October as part of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival. Not content with giving ourselves theIMG_4116 task of organising work from 36 poets, there’s also an art competition and exhibition linked to the book.

We’re not sure where we’ll take Antiphon Press from here, but we now have a bunch of ISBN numbers that need a home!


British Library archive

We’re thrilled that the British Library wishes to include Antiphon in a new open access archive of poetry websites/mags in the UK.

At present they are allowed to archive UK websites without seeking permissions with the caveat that the archival copies are only available to readers on Library premises. They wish to extend their archive to preserve certain sites in an online poetry collection, accessible to all, where it will be preserved for posterity along with a number of other poetry e-zines and journals published in the UK.

Given that all issues of Antiphon are open access and available on our website, and that this is archiving rather than new use, I don’t imagine contributors have an objection to the proposal. If any wish to discuss it, please contact me by 31st August. I think this is a great honour for Antiphon and all who have sailed in her!

Calling all artists! Millstone Grit competition

Some of you may be aware that Antiphon is producing a print anthology (called Millstone Grit) of poetry associated with Sheffield Hallam University, as part of their Catalyst festival.

Alongside the book we’re holding an art competition  where we’re asking artists to respond to some of the poems. We will print out copies of around 10 of the most effective artworks we receive and they will be exhibited, alongside the poems, at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK, in October 2016. There will be cash prizes for the top three exhibits.

Full details, and the poems, can be found on the competition website. We’re encouraging local artists to enter, but in fact are happy to receive work from anyone, from anywhere!

Remember, the art must look good printed out no larger than A3 size (297 x 420 mm, 11.7″ x 16.5″).


Competition details


Issue 18 – being continued…

RP-P-1958-499smallYou know how you’ve now read half of Antiphon issue 18 and intended to come back later and read the rest? Here’s an extra recording, just to remind you…

Antiphon issue 18

Coltsfoot by Hilde Weisert

Contents – issue 18

Act One

Ode to my Weight Loss – Krista Cox
Vigilant Poem – Samantha Madway
Atheism – Claire Scott
The Passenger – Theophilus Kwek
Mass Spectrometry – Hannah Hackney
Maybe It Was Something about Trolls – C Wade Bentley
Nervous for Cigarettes – Ricky Garni
My Xylophone – Clark Holtzman

Act Two

Net Operating Loss – Kathryn Pallant
Current Account – Annette Volfing
The Decision – Helen Evans
The Ball – Charlotte Gann
Suicides  – Bayleigh Fraser
Tumbleweed – Charlotte Innes
Suburban Mid-Life Crisis – Tiffany Krupa
Lullaby – David Briggs

Interval – Reviews

Helena Nelson, How (Not) To Get Your Poetry Published
Ruby Robinson, Every Little Sound
Stephen Payne, Pattern beyond Chance

Act Three

Changes – Daniel Bennett
Coltsfoot – Hilde Weisert
Puffins – David Seddon
Sinkhole – Simon Haworth
Passed – John Greening
Looking for a Northern Light – Rebecca Gethin
Laika – Cheryl Pearson

Act Four

Erasure – Robert Ford
Timescape – Jane Røken
Snapshot, Yesterday – Jennifer A McGowan
For a moment, lying on the grass in summer – Ingrid Hanson
At the Van Nuys State Disability Insurance Office – Yxta Maya Murray
Vanishing Point – Nicky Thompson
Rue de l’Aude – Sally Spedding
Gloria – Ian Tromp
Slim Volume – Seth Crook

Antiphon issue 18 now live!


Antiphon issue 18 is now live and available for download or reading on the site. I’m delighted to add some more recordings of poems featured in the issue.

Lullaby by David Briggs

Gloria by Ian Tromp

Erasure by Robert Ford

For a moment lying on the grass in summer by Ingrid Hanson

At the Van Nuys State Disability Insurance Office by Yxta Maya Murray

Suicides by Bayleigh Fraser

Net Operating Loss by Kathryn Pallant


Issue 18 – the lark ascends

RP-P-1999-367 smallMany thanks to those who have seen the proof and said such kind things about it! I’m eager to release it on the world, but first:

Changes by Daniel Bennett

Atheism by Claire Rubin

Ode To My Weight Loss by Krista Cox

Passed by John Greening

Puffins by David Seddon


Antiphon issue 18 – the sounds

applauseHere are the first of the recordings to whet your appetite for issue 18. More later!

My Xylophone by Clark Holtzman

Tumbleweed by Charlotte Innes

Maybe it was Something about Trolls by C Wade Bentley

The Ball by Charlotte Gann