Thursday, 17 June 2010

Ambit Magazine's 50th Birthday

Ambit Magazine celebrates its 50th birthday - and the launch of its 200th issue - this month. Ever since 1959 Ambit's been championing the best new poetry, prose and visual arts, by publishing an eclectic selection every three months or so. Over the years the magazine has brought many of the UK's most significant poets, writers and artists into view - often providing that breakthrough first publication. Ambit continues to discover exciting new talent to this day.

In the 200th issue readers can learn about Stevie Smith's approach to poetry, hear how JG Ballard was involved with Ambit, and discover the magazine's long-standing relationship with Peter Porter (Ambit 200 contains three of his final poems).

Ambit's artists are equally intriguing - in Ambit 200 you'll find talents as diverse as Posy Simmonds and Sir Peter Blake. Everyone from David Hockney to Ralph Steadman, Eduardo Paolozzi, Helen Chadwick and many more have featured, under the thoughtful aegis of art editor Mike Foreman.

Here's a little You Tube video to give you a flavour of what Ambit is about.

Ambit is available to buy via the magazine website.

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