Issue 6 – Hard Liquor and Paddling Pools (May 2018)

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 —s.holloway@bolton.ac.uk.

Editors:

 Jordan Leo Roberts

Cover Designer

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.

 Assistant Editors:

 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.

Copyright of all creative work remains with the respective author.  Any unauthorised reprint or use of this material is prohibited. No part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without express written permission from the author. All other material copyright © The Bolton Review, 2018


Editors’ Note

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

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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.

ISSN 2398-1938


CONTENTS

HARD LIQUOR IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON:  T. A. Fierro

BATH TIME:  Holly Gray    

LIGHT THE WAY:  Aidan Matear

A SHORT WALK:  Seamus Kelly

STORMZ:  Aidan Matear

KING KONG:  Garry Coulthard

NOT TODAY:  Louise Ashton

UNTITLED:  Carly Jones

IT’S TIME:  Katie Wolstencroft

MEDUSA:  Jessica Bernadette

KAIHU?:  Tom Gerbicz

LITTLE TRAVELLER:  Gemma Burnell

TO THE BASTARD AT BOLTON STATION:  Madison Hope-Tatnell

I TOLD CHARON:  Chris Buchanan

CHASE THE LADY:  Stuart Beveridge

ALARM:  Warren Jones

PEGGY’S COVE:  L. Kernan

EDITH:  Jessica Bernadette

TARTARUS HOUSE:  Ashley Lister

IDLE HANDS:  Michelle Hughes

ALBAN EILER:  Shirley-Anne Kennedy

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE:  Anne Caldwell

BROKEN STATIONARY:  Tiana Marie

AN UNKNOWN IDENTITY:  Katie Wolstencroft

FLOWER:  Ian Smith

HUMAN GRAFFITI:  Steven White

IMAGINE SOMETHING BRILLIANT:  John Wineyard

RIBBON:  Holly Gray

SITTING ON THE SEA WALL:  Eileen Earnshaw

PAINT YOUR OWN WORLD:  Tina Mistry­­­­­

18:36 ON PLATFORM 2:  Megan Shepard

A DORSET DILEMMA:  Olivia Turner

A WAY OF LIFE:  Warren Jones

ALL CHANGE:  Stuart Beveridge

AUTUMN:  Eileen Earnshaw

GUATEMALAN GIRL:  L. Kernan

UNTITLED:  Carly Jones

WAR MACHINE:  Olivia Turner

COLISEUM:  Gemma Burnell

DIFFERENT DAYS:  Aidan Matear

SISTERS:  Poppy Willock

EXTRACT OF FAMILY PLANNING:  Madison Hope-Tatnell

ONLY NOW:  Shirley-Anne Kennedy

LADY IN THE LAKE:  Hannah Bolsher

FINGERPRINTS:  Phil Isherwood

GERANIUMS:  Eileen Earnshaw

FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER:  Garry Coulthard

THE 17TH MINUTE:  Stuart Beveridge

SNOWDON:  Matthew Robinson

UNTITLED:  Carly Jones

JAZZ ON A BROKEN PIANO:  Phil Isherwood

MIRROR AT THE ZOO:  Gemma Burnell

MOTHER’S DAY (AN ALTERNATIVE MOTHER’S DAY POEM):  Carmen Whitmore

HAIRUP:  Hannah Bolsher

THE STRAIGHT MAN?:  Jennifer Davidson

STANDARD QUESTIONS:  Phil Isherwood

AMRITA CHANDRA:  Holly Gray

THE MADNESS OF COUNT CORNELIUS:  Michael Miller

THE 10TH DOCTOR’S SONIC SCREWDRIVER:  Hannah Kenworthy

SOUNDS OF A HOMECOMING:  Phil Isherwood

SILVER LININGS:  Stuart Beveridge

STILL-BORN:  Carol Jones

UNTITLED:  Carly Jones

BROKEN MIRROR:  Cas Fletcher

THE CHEAT:  Emma Parkinson

NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS:  Fiona Nuttall

ONES AND ZEROS:  Steven White

SUCKIN’ DIESEL: Aidan Matear

THE BOY FROM THE BADLANDS: Chris Buchanan

THE MAN IN THE BOOKIES: Elaine Speakman

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