the ambit team

Briony Bax is the new Editor of Ambit and a member of the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Ambit Charity. She recently returned from spending 25 years living in America where she wrote poetry, worked for non-profits, ran a cooking company and founded a charity that works in Kenya. She’s now back in the UK and honored to be following in Dr. Martin’s footsteps. Related to Dr. Martin by marriage, she is the daughter of the late poet Adrian Mitchell. She also serves as a Board Member of ODC/Dance, The Orphan Support League and Mji Wa Neema.

Martin Bax, editor emeritus, founded Ambit Magazine in 1959 and has edited it ever since. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Martin is currently an honorary Reader at Imperial College London and consultant to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, having retired from a medical career of international renown (for the last 20 years of which he directed what became Imperial College’s Paediatric Research Unit). He has written, edited or contributed to 35 industry leading publications, and in 2007 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Martin has written two novels: The Hospital Ship and Love on the Borders. His most recent short story collection is called Memoirs of a Gone World

Kate Pemberton ran Ambit for many years for Martin Bax, before leaving to start a family. She returns now as Prose Editor, always her favourite part of the job. She has had short stories and translations published in Ambit, Litro and The Time Out Anthology of London Short Stories. She is a freelance editor of literary novels, and Programme Co-ordinator for Haringey Literature Live. She specialises in Creative Writing workshops for speakers of English as a Foreign Language and also for children and teenagers.

Jean-Philippe Dordolo is a french artist based in London.

Olivia Bax is an artist who lives and works in London. She has exhibited both in the UK and internationally.

Liz Berry is a poet and a teacher. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and on Radio 3 and she was the winner of the 2012 Poetry London competition. Her poetry pamphlet is The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls (tall-lighthouse 2010).

Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Eire and lives in north London. He’s worked as an editor for a family history website and a features writer and editor for a media agency. He is currently studying for a PhD in creative writing at Royal Holloway. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and runs a reading series of the same name. His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Night & Day and elsewhere.

Michael Philip Smith works for Ambit and reads your submissions with due care and attention, nearly always.

Gary Budden is editor and co-founder of independent publisher, Influx Press ( He has written for publications such as The Journal of Wild Culture, The Occupied Times, Inkspill, The Cadaverine, Universe Magazine, Dead Ink Books and more. He lives in London.