Cheers for Commas and Cocktails

Posted on Monday 8th May 2017

The launch party for Commas and Cocktails, the latest issue of the University’s student-led creative magazine The Bolton Review, took place in the University Law Courts on Wednesday 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 and Madison Hope-Tatnell

Holly Gray (above left) 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 (above right) 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.

Commas and Cocktails 1

Commas and Cocktails will be on sale in the Chancellor’s Mall on Tuesday lunchtime between 12 and 1pm and Friday between 11:45am and 12:45pm. The cost is £4.

You can also email to request a copy via post.

You can follow The Bolton Review on Twitter @TheBoltonReview and read Issue 4 online at the magazine’s website: