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.
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).