The launch party for Commas and Cocktails, the latest issue of the University of Bolton’s student-led creative magazine The Bolton Review, took place in the University Law Courts on 3rd May with guests enjoying a selection of canapes and cocktails. Hosted by its current editors English and Creative Writing student Holly Gray and Creative Writing student Madison Hope-Tatnell, the event included readings from writers published in the new issue.
The Review, published by Steam Hammer Press, is packed with prose, poetry, plays, photographs and illustrations with contributions from students, staff and alumni from the University as well as from college and sixth form students studying in Bolton. This year the editors received hundreds of submissions and due to its success, the format has changed with the publication elevated to a sophisticated perfect bound style which was received with delight during the much-awaited unveiling.
Holly Gray said, “We are thrilled with the fantastic support The Bolton Review has received and the amazing turnout today. We have sold a record number of copies at the launch party and the contributors were delighted to see their work in print.”
Madison Hope-Tatnell added, “We would like to thank everyone involved with special thanks to Dr Simon Holloway for his encouragement and support and to the members of the Editorial Team who worked so hard with us to ensure Commas and Cocktails received this success.”
The magazine has been so well received that copies also flew out of the door at The Creative Writing Showcase which took place at the Octagon Theatre following the event, and discussions are already underway to produce a special edition later in the year.