April 30th sees the publication of the debut AMBIT POP, our 243rd edition, where maverick artists are invited to guest edit AMBIT, inviting Writers, Poets and Artists in the tradition of Ambit.

Alles Wird Gut, Wayne Horse

We are delighted to collaborate with Lias Saoudi, who shares frontman duties in the notorious South London-band, best described as the contemporary The Clash, the Fat White Family.  

Lias began writing more than songs in lockdown, his work published in the online journal of The Social caught the attention of AMBIT’s new Managing Editor, Kirsty Allison, who met him at a secret Fat White Family show in Berlin, on a night off from her residency, at the end of 2020, where the author Rob Doyle was playing percussion.

“I see AMBIT POP as the younger sister to Ambit,”

explains Stephen Barrett, who came on board as Designer, on recommendation by Mireille Fauchon, our Illustration Editor.  Barrett trained with Fraser Muggeridge, and teaches typography at Central St Martins.

AMBIT POP features: cover art by Marco Livingstone, an oulipo exchange with Rob Doyle (Bloomsbury), and exclusive short stories from Benjamin Myers (two of which we will share here online in the run up to publication).  There’s also a new short story by the wonderful Adelle Stripe, and poetry from acclaimed Scottish author Jenni Fagan.  Art comes from the phenomenal visions of Steve Allan, Anna MacDowall, and Wayne Horse, there’s also the purple poetry of Jeremy Reed, illustrated by his frequent collaborator Neal Fox (Le Gun), and new poetry from Zaffar Kunial, Connor Seed, Nina Power, Vida Adamczewski and Niall Griffiths.