Joe developed an interest in poetry after reading Philip Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings whilst studying for his English A-Level. Some of his first attempts at writing can be found scribbled underneath Larkin’s poetry, but he insists they will never see the light of day again.
Courteney A-L. Penney
Courteney moved from Redditch to Bolton in order to study Creative Writing, an area that has always been a passion of hers from a young age. There is never a moment when she isn’t practicing her writing.
Joshua is a 3rd year Creative Writing student. He dedicates his spare time to writing scripts for stage and screen, whilst having the occasional love affair with poetry.
An aspiring poet, writer and editor who wants to use her platform to help the youth in the community and raise mental health awareness.
Cara is a 3rd year English student and has been a sub-editor on the Bolton review for three years and hopes to continue on in her studies to Masters level in September 2019.
Gemma is a 2nd year English and Creative Writing student who has three pet Sugar Gliders.
Liaison: Becky Fryer
Becky is the first Liaison Officer between The Bolton Review and The New Writing Showcase. She is a 3rd year Creative Writing student with a skillset in proofreading and written communication.
Cover Designer: Stuart Beveridge
Stuart is a part-time, 2nd year, Creative Writing student and a full-time Graphic Designer. Stuart is tired.
Executive Editor: Valerie O’Riordan
Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Bolton. Her work has been published in Tin House and LitMag, and she is Senior Editor at the Forge Literary Magazine.
Here it is, Issue 7 of The Bolton Review. And what a journey it has been: from leaflets that had the wrong email address on to an email account that wouldn’t let us send emails, we’ve overcome it all.
One thing from this process that we can all agree on is that being an editor of any magazine, no matter what size, is hard work and it is something that we will definitely remember when sending out our own submissions.
We would like to thank all who submitted to this year’s issue because without your submissions there would be no magazine. A huge thank you to Stuart who has made wonderful cover designs; our assistant editors for reducing the workload; and to Valerie, who has made sure that Sunlight and Cider actually gets to see the light of day. And maybe a can of cider, or two.
JG, CP & JJ
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 continuously promotes and celebrates The Review’s editorial independence.
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, 2019
DAY SAVER Megan Shepard
PLATFORM PURGATORY Michael Nesbitt
DAD Bethany Murdoch
I CARRIED A WATERMELON Anabela Vardy
BROTHER SEAMUS Michael Nesbitt
NEW PERSPECTIVES Stuart Beveridge
HUNGRY BIRDS Anabela Vardy
OCEAN Ben Wilkinson
TEARS OF A CLOWN Megan Shepard
I DIDN’T REALISE Stuart Beveridge
KILLING MOONS Steph O’Brien
MODERN PROMETHEUS Carol Jones
UNSEASONED Humna Mirza
PABLO Carly Jones
ORIGINS-(ORIGINS OF THE DRONE) Liam Ainscough
THE 25-POINT DISTRACTION Charlie Parker-McHugh
LANGWORTHY ESTATE Michelle Hughes
OPPOSITES ATTRACT Clare McGrath
POEMS Michelle Hughes
FROZEN NETWORK Charlie Parker-McHugh
THE BEAST OF RODDLESWORTH MOOR John Wineyard
DAISY CHAIN Rowen Walker
THE DAY SANTA DIED: A TRUE STORY Neil Dougan
COLD WATER Christopher Westlake
THE IMPOSSIBLE PROMISE Emma Booth
UNABLE TO WALK Olivia Turner
FIVE QUID A CAN Katie Wolstencroft