Dear Life & We Are Everything Anthologies

We are so excited, they are here! Two beautiful anthologies of short fiction and poetry by young writers from across South Yorkshire. We Are Everything is an anthology from our Mixing Roots programme with Warda Yassin for young women of colour featuring around 35 girls and young women. Dear Life, features around 75 young writers from our groups, programmes, and competition, and also many of our award winners. Both anthologies will launch at our regional Young Voices Open Mic at The Leadmill on Thursday 14th July. Join us!

About Dear Life: This brilliantly inventive, powerful and vibrant anthology of poetry and short fiction showcases writing by the next generation. Many are members of Hive young writers’ groups or have attended Hive programmes and projects across the region. Some have been placed in our competitions. There’s also work from Hive award-winning writers: Beth Davies, Safia Khan, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, Naomi Thomas, Georgie Woodhead. and Warda Yassin.

If you hold this book to your ear and really listen, you can hear its heart beating. Powerful, tender and wonderfully unique writing by the next generation of writers in the North. This anthology is quite simply stunning. I went to sleep with so many phrases and lines running through my head. Vanessa Lampert
Compassionate and quirky, funny and sad, strange and disturbing. A beautifully rich and varied selection from the voices of tomorrowSimon Bestwick
Such impressive talent on display here with many pieces making profound and sensitive journeys into the minds of their characters during therapy sessions, nightmares, encounters with death, bereavement, and their own bodies. I was in awe of so many of the images conjured up in these beautifully crafted pieces. Paula Rawsthorne
The scope and depth displayed here shows a love of language, an ear for a really good story and an obvious talent for eavesdropping! Thank you for entertaining and moving us. It’s very clear to me that this will not be the last time I’ll read these young writers. Desiree Reynolds