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NEW EDITOR FOR AMBIT MAGAZINE

Ambit, one of Britain’s most influential arts magazines, is about to have its first new editor.  After 52 years at the helm founder Dr. Martin Bax steps up to become Editor Emeritus, with the day-to-day responsibilities for the magazine passing to new Editor, Briony Bax.

Briony is the daughter of the late poet Adrian Mitchell. She takes the reins, along with a new young editorial board, with a remit to retain the eclectic excellence of Ambit while simultaneously re-invigorating the magazine with more poetry readings, digital offerings, educational events and festival performances.

Ambit has become a byword for encouraging the best emerging talent on the British literary and arts scene. Over the years it has featured literary pioneers such as JG Ballard, Peter Porter and Adrian Henri, along with artists like Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

As Briony Bax puts it 'Martin is going to be a hard act to follow but I’m honored and delighted to have been asked to be his successor. I’ve been a long-time subscriber, a contributor and a fan and I am looking forward to taking Ambit back to its roots – to find new talent in poetry, short stories and art.'

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