Briony Bax at Platform 505

Briony Bax, editor of Ambit, has written an article for Platform 505. In it, she talks about editing a literary journal, and all the things that come with that. It’s a good insight into some of the things that go on behind the scenes of a literary journal. She also outlines what Ambit is all about: ‘…encouraging new voices and experimental form…The magazine must be judged on the quality of the work, not the name attached to it.’  I even get a mention. You can read the article here.

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Writing in Ambit 218

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October saw the publication of Ambit 218, which featured a short prose piece of mine, called An Echo on the Night Wind. I wrote it just over a year ago, and it was one of the few things I’ve written which I got down in one take with very little editing afterwards. For me, that doesn’t happen very often. It was also my first real attempt at prose-poetry. I’m pretty happy with the result.

As always, Ambit 218 features a lot of good writing and art. There’s a story in there by Lavie Tidhar, whose work I’ve always enjoyed. I first came across his stuff years ago, when I was sending my first attempts at short stories to a speculative fiction magazine called Murky Depths (I eventually got published in issue 8). Lavie’s work (mostly comics if I remember correctly, for which he did the writing – I could be wrong, though) was in various issues, and I enjoyed his work immensely. It’s funny how things come full circle – years later, we’re in the same magazine (which in terms of content is pretty far removed from what Murky Depths was about).

You can buy Ambit direct from their website, or from stores.