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!