Celebrating 60 Years of Ambit
Join us all in raising a glass of ‘Euphoria Bliss’ cocktail and enjoy a potted history of Ambit with host Briony Bax, editor of Ambit. Kevin Crossley-Holland, Helen Ivory, George Szirtes and Anthony Thwaite will each read the first poem that they had published in Ambit alongside some of their more recent work.
About the speakers
Kevin Crossley-Holland is a poet, translator from Anglo-Saxon, librettist, reteller of traditional tale and Carnegie Medal-winning novelist for children. His Arthur trilogy sold well over one million copies and has been translated into twenty-five languages. His moving memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads, was praised by Rowan Williams as ‘A lovely poignant book, not wasting a word and evoking place in a deep way’. He was President of the School Library Association 2012-17, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives on the north Norfolk coast. Website
Helen Ivory’s fourth Bloodaxe collection is Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is a tutor for the UEA/NCW creative writing online programme. Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award. A book of mixed media poems Hear What the Moon Told Me is out from KFS. A chapbook Maps of the Abandoned City is forthcoming from SurVision Press, and The Anatomical Venus is due from Bloodaxe in 2019. Website
George Szirtes came to England as a refugee in 1956. He studied Fine Art and published the first of many books of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Memorial Prize. He won TS Eliot Prize for Reel in 2004 and was shortlisted for the same prize for two subsequent books. The Burning of the Books (2009) and Bad Machine (2013). His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008. He is also a multi prize-winning translator of poetry and fiction from Hungarian, sharing the translator’s prize in the Man Booker International 2015. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1982, he has also written books for children. His work is translated into various languages. He wrote the poetry course at Norwich University of the Arts in 1991. In 2006 he moved to the University of East Anglia. He retired from teaching in 2013. He has served on various boards and is a current board member for the National Centre for Writing. Website
Anthony Thwaite has been a university teacher, a BBC producer and a literary editor . His first collection was published in 1953, his Collected in 2007 and his last, Going Out, in 2015. He has chaired the Booker Prize judges and been responsible for a 16 part television series, Six Centuries of Verse. He has lived in America, Japan and Libya, and has been settled in South Norfolk for 45 years. Both he and his wife, the biographer, Ann Thwaite, have been given honorary doctorates by the University of East Anglia. He is widely known as the editor of his friend Philip Larkin’s collected poems and selected letters. Website