The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards | Sat 23rd July | One of the most exciting things about poetry is the way it allows us to unleash the full power of the imagination, bringing to life fantastical, impossible and magical scenarios. On this writing day, we will explore…

Beth Davies is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022!

We are delighted for Hive young poet Beth Davies who is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022 – for her debut pamphlet collection ‘The Pretense of Understand’. Beth started out in the network as a member of Sheffield Young Writers where she began to develop her love for poetry. It’s been so lovely to see Beth grow over the years and we know this is the beginning of a long, rich adventure as a talented published poet….

Young Voices Open Mic 14th July

Young Writers’ Open Mic (aged 14-30) The Leadmill, Thursday 14 July – All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-30) from across South Yorkshire. Open and supportive of all, both new & experienced performers. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, sing, play an instrument, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to an encouraging audience…

Our Streets Unmasked Podcast Stories

Streets Unmasked commissioned seven stories in three parts, asking young and emerging writers to write pieces that reflected the changing faces, real and imagined, of the places we live as they took off their masks and woke from their lockdown slumber…

Division Street by Morgan Westwood Cooke

Streets Unmasked: Morgan Westwood-Cook takes us on a gorgeous poetic meander through the beauty of a city waking from lockdown. As it stretches out of its quiet corners, it realises it is somewhat changed – but are its people?

Ghost Town by Rebecca Payne

Streets Unmasked: Things must be bad when even York’s ghosts are noticing! Rebecca Payne explores the relationships and the brilliantly comic dynamics of the dead who are struggling to live without the living…

Merchantgate Bus Stop by Cristina Rizzo

Streets Unmasked: A poetic dance through York: located around Merchantgate bus stop on three different dates showing us three very different faces. We’ve all been changed, in some ways, by lockdown – Cristina Rizzo magnificently shows us we’re not the only ones to take our masks off and find ourselves… different.

Inner Pieces by Eve Naden

Streets Unmasked: Let us take you by the hand and walk you through a York trying to wake up and find its feet. Delighting in the small details that show us so much, this York finds itself something different, something… new.

Bench Guy by Eliana Grundy

Streets Unmasked: Ever wondered just who that person you see every day is? Why they take that particular train or… sat on that particular bench through lockdown? Eliana Grundy dives into discovering who one of these strangers is, showing us that really, none of us are ever quite as alone as we think….

The Time Travel Log by Lucy-Jo Finnighan

Streets Unmasked: A rip-roaring yarn from Yarm, where an intrepid Victorian explorer falls into a curious time-slip – finding himself in a future he could never imagined. Where have all the people gone? And why all the masks…?

The Silent Disease by Ilona Galloway-Dutton

Streets Unmasked: A stunning piece of realism, examining the effects of lockdown on family – each generation with their own sets of problems.

Rotherham poem street art!

Exciting news! Yorkshire Day commissioned poem: ‘Our Rotherham’ (by poet Vicky Morris working with Rotherham Young Writers) will be displayed as part of the design for the Women’s Euros in Rotherham this July! We cannot wait to see sections of the large-scale poem winding their way through the streets, parks and hidden corners of Rotherham town. What better way than poetry…

Beth Davies Wins Magdalena 2022 Second Prize

Congratulations to Beth Davies who’s won second prize in the Magdalena Young Poets’ Prize 2022 for her poem ‘The Garden at William Street’, selected by poet Gboyega Odubanjo, who said “with sure-footed confidence [the poet] is able to skip from one world into the next.”

Truth to Power Project

On Friday 25th February we launched an anthology featuring the voices of 57 young people in Rotherham. The book includes a selection of wide-ranging and creative responses from young people (aged 13 to 25) across Rotherham to the question of who, or what, has power over them. Their words reflect some of the joys, amusements, and difficulties of young lives – angry, defiant, funny, emotive and impactful…

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards | Sat 23rd July | One of the most exciting things about poetry is the way it allows us to unleash the full power of the imagination, bringing to life fantastical, impossible and magical scenarios. On this writing day, we will explore…