The wonderful Ambit magazine returns for National Poetry Day, with a group of readers who have been contributing throughout its long history: Sonja Besford, Tony Dash, Anthony Howell and Judy Gahagan. Very excitingly, we will be surrounded by Ambit cover artwork from the 1960s to the present day, a stunning exhibition which will run at Karamel from 15th September to 31st October. The event will be hosted by Ambit’s new Editor in Chief, Briony Bax.
Sonja Besford is a Serbian writer born in Belgrade and resident in London. She has five books published in Serbian and two books of poetry in English. In English she is also the author of two plays, numerous short stories and poems published in magazines in UK, USA, Serbia, France, along with many reviews of contemporary literature. Sonja is the president of the Association of Serbian Writers & Artists Abroad.
Tony Dash lives in Liverpool and is a poet and short fiction writer. His latest collection of poetry is Epoch (Driftwood). “Tony sets a stage for the presentation of poems that operate against a quite illusory backdrop of all the traditional poetic themes; love loss, sex, death, draining from each every single drop of sentimentality, injecting everything he writes with irony, self-deprecation, a yawning air of resignation and a sometimes comic view of the human condition including, of course, his own.” Literature North West
Judy Gahagan, a resident of Haringey, left behind academic psychology to write poetry, fiction and essays. Judy’s particular agenda is eco-poetry; this comes from a belief that poetry is the natural home to our connection with the natural world, our own habitats and our longing for both. She has published extensively in magazines, won many prizes and published two poetry pamphlets: Ghosting The Cities and When The Whole Mood Changed(Artemis) and two full collections: Crossing The No-man’s Land (Flambard) and Night Calling(Enitharmon) as well as a collection of short stories: Did Gustav Mahler Ski? (New Directions, New York).
Anthony Howell was born in 1945. After an early spell dancing with the Royal Ballet, he decided to concentrate on poetry and performance art. In 1974 he founded The Theatre of Mistakes, a performance company which made appearances at the Cambridge Poetry Festival, The Paris Biennale and the Hayward Gallery as well as in New York. He has published six books of poetry and a novel and received major bursaries from the Arts Councils of England and Wales. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award. His book The Analysis of Performance Art is a key text its field.
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