Ambit ends publication after 64 years with issue 249
The quarterly poetry, fiction and art magazine Ambit, that was launched in 1959, has announced that it is ending publication with its 249th issue. A statement by its chair, Tim Bax, said: “Over the years Ambit has been proud to publish thousands of poets, fiction writers and artists, more recently under the editorship of Briony Bax and Kirsty Allison. Ambit has always been a small enterprise with many volunteers and sparse resources but with an intense commitment to the work.
“Unfortunately, due to some unwelcome financing factors including the loss of our archive sale and the death of a major patron, the time for Ambit to act as an independent charity and publication has come to end. Our edition 249 Magick will be the final one for Ambit and enormous thanks to go Kirsty Allison, Stephen Barrett and Alex Abery for shepherding this project through.
"We will be in touch with all current subscribers individually regarding their subscriptions, meanwhile limited back copies of Ambit are available on our website for just £5 while stocks last."
In 2013 Briony Bax took over the editorship of Ambit from Martin Bax, and promised that “we are taking Ambit back to where it began, which is to seek out new voices”. But she also referred to continuing funding problems, and looking at new ways to overcome them.
Background: New Ambit editor promises more emerging poets, and new art
John F Keane
Fri 3rd Mar 2023 16:13
The Internet and especially social media are killing the traditional organs of cultural life. We need to come up with some alternatives, fast.
Wed 22nd Feb 2023 17:17
As a subscriber, I had heard about this. It is really sad. Although not all the content was to my taste, Ambit was always a good read and encouraged challenging work. Briony Bax was kind enough to publish my poetry when she was the poetry editor of the New European, a post which is sadly no more.
My thanks to everyone involved and best wishes.
Wed 22nd Feb 2023 13:44
The closure of such a venerable part of poetic life is always to be mourned. Yet poetry survives and that is always a cause for
celebration and continued optimism. Congratulations and appreciation are extended for what has been achieved. Take a bow as you withdraw behind time's descending curtain..
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