Issue 6, Hard Liquor and Paddling Pools, was printed and released for sale at the University of Bolton on 3rd May, 2018. To get your hands on a physical copy for only £4 (plus P&P), contact Simon Holloway at the University by email —firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Leo Roberts
Jordan moved from Reading to Bolton to study Creative Writing. He states that he “can’t remember a time when he didn’t write stories”. He also spent three years studying graphic design.
Lene S. Nyland
Lene is originally from Norway and developed a keen interest in Creative Writing at the age of eleven. She decided that she wanted to focus on writing in English and moved to England to pursue a degree in Creative Writing.
Anabela Vardy, Graduated, English and Creative Writing: Drama Editor
Anabela Vardy’s ambition as a writer is to take poetry to the masses and raise awareness about mental illness.
Cara Bradbury, 2nd year English student: Fiction and Poetry Editor
Joining us again is Cara Bradbury, who has spent the past few years working and travelling throughout the UK.
Katrina Fletcher, 3rd year Theatre student: Drama Editor
Katrina Fletcher has a passion for playwriting and believes stories for the stage capture the adventure of living.
Jeni Mills, Graduated, English and Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry Editor
Joining us again is Jeni Mills, a Salford girl who when she isn’t working, has her head stuck in a book.
Sarah Singleton 3rd year Illustration student: Photography and Illustration Editor
Sarah Singleton plans on designing and publishing her own intricate pattern colouring book for all ages!
Shirley-Anne Kennedy, 3rd year Creative writing student: Social Media Superstar
Shirley-Anne is a third-year Creative Writing student with a passion for web fiction and digital publishing.
Executive Editor: Simon Holloway
Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Bolton. His latest novel, The Words We Use are Black and White, was published in autumn 2014.
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Well, it’s done now. After months on working on what is both our baby, and our worst nightmare, the sixth issue of The Bolton Review is out of our hands and into yours. It has been, pardon our language, one hell of a process. From hanging posters, to receiving a mountain of incredible submissions, to having to cut some of those pieces. We would like to thank everyone who submitted, as the magazine would not exist without any one of you (but you know that already).
We had a great team working with us this year. A special shout out to Jeni and Shirley-Anne, who helped us stay afloat when it felt like we were drowning. Another special shout out goes to our executive editor, Dr Simon Holloway, who never judged us for bursting into tears when asked “How are you doing?”
All jokes aside, it has been an honour to edit this year’s edition of The Bolton Review. We learned a lot about ourselves, and what it takes to devote yourself to a project of this magnitude. We hope everyone who reads it loves it as much as we do, and that whoever edits the next edition has a great time with it.
JLR & LSN
The Bolton Review is published by Steam Hammer Press, School of the Arts, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB.
The editors are grateful to the University for its continued support, and for the manner in which it promotes and celebrates The Review’s editorial independence.
THE WAITING ROOM: Simon MacDonald
TIMELESS: Seamus Kelly
OPEN: Christopher Moriarty
THE PRICE OF WHISKEY: Fiona Nuttall
THE WATCHERS: Adam Branch
TOMORROW: Elaine Speakman
TRUE NORTH: Anne Caldwell
WINDOWS: Aidan Matear
UNTITLED: Carly Jones
RED IS THE COLOUR: Aidan Matear