The Silent Disease by Ilona Galloway-Dutton

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

Just like that it had been decided, well, not really. It had taken a year of saving, two weeks trying to work up the courage to entertain the idea. A week of clambering courage to announce to Mum her grand scheme.  Leaving Sheffield, leaving normality. Little did she know she would crave the offerings of the Moor further down the line, the hustle and bustle of familiarity. It was inevitable that longing for home would be there for the first couple of months, she hadn’t envisaged she would need it to be an emotion a few years away.

Our 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. Notebook in hand, writers visited their chosen location on three dates to gather inspiration for their three-part story conjuring often surreal and magical changes within them. All commissioned writers received advice, editorial guidance and a small fee. More about Our Streets Unmasked here.

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 thanks to Flux Rotherham. 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 embedded into the fabric of the world to reflect it back to us. Here’s a shortened film version of the poem put together by the brilliant John Slemenek at Studio Bokehgo.

Our Rotherham was commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough council
The street art version of this poem is supported by Flux Rotherham @FluxRotherham and @hivesouthyorks as a part of the national Arts Council [@artscouncilofengland] Creative People and Places Programme.

Flux Rotherham is 1 of 39 programmes being developed across England as part of the Creative People and Places programme. Creative People and Places is an Arts Council programme which focuses on parts of the country where involvement in creativity and culture is significantly below the national average. Each project is completely unique to its area and communities, testing how to grow arts provision in ways that are relevant and lasting. Find out more at:

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.”

The winning poets will be celebrated at a free prize ceremony along with a reading from Odubanjo.

The Magdalena Young Poets’ Prize is a recently established yearly single poem competition for UK young poets aged 16-25. They also have the Dragonfly Prize for Potential celebrating outstanding effort and promise. Find out more here.

We’re All in it Together Grist Books anthology

Congratulations to Hive poets Charlotte Murray and Safia Khan who both have superb poems in the new Grist Books anthology We’re All in it Together: Poems for a DisUnited Kingdom. The book is one of Safia’s first poetry commissions ahead of her debut New Poets Prize pamphlet Too Much Mirch launched in June 2022. Thanks to Steve Ely and Michael Stewart at Huddersfield Uni for supporting emerging young poets.

We’re All in it Together explores the fault lines of national and regional identity and the rupture precipitated and exposed by Brexit. What does it mean to be ‘British’ now? Is it possible for the Kingdom to become United? Is it even desirable?

Featuring work by Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Joelle Taylor, Natalie Holborow, Rory Waterman, Ian Duhig, Jo Clement and many more.

You can buy We’re All in it Together at The book corner in Halifax, Fox Lane Books (online) & Wave of Nostalgia in Haworth

Mixing Roots Anthology – Call for submissions

Showcasing the voices of emerging young women writers of colour

We are delighted to announce we will be open for submissions of poetry and flash/short fiction – between 5th May and 25th July 2022 – from new, aspiring and emerging young women writers of colour, aged 15 to 30, for our first full-length Mixing Roots anthology. Submissions will be read and selected by Sheffield Poet Laureate, Warda Yassin.

To submit
We welcome submissions from new, aspiring, emerging or established young woman writers of colour, aged 15 to 30, and living, based, or with a term address in the North of England and the Midlands (as defined in this map)

Send up to 3 pieces of poetry and/or flash/short fiction to anytime between 5th May and 5th July 2022. Poems can be up to 40 lines each, and short fiction pieces up to 500 words each. Work can be previously published but please state where. You can send separate submissions but be sure to include at the bottom of each submission document: full name | age | date of birth | address | email | mobile | details of where published if relevant (Word or .rtf documents only)

There are no themes or styles favoured, we’re just looking for great, original writing, and authentic voices. We understand that for some, this might be your first time submitting to a print anthology. Don’t worry, have a go! Just take your time getting your work the best it can be. You’ll find a range of writing prompts, tips and resources over on our recent competition page. For inspiring examples of great writing, there are tons of resources and websites online such as some great flash fiction websites here, and an extensive archive of great poems at

Have fun and I look forward to hearing from you!
Warda 🙂

(Also, if you’re interested in online poetry workshops as a young woman of colour based in the north of England, please also drop us a line to: with your name, age, date of birth and location so we can let you know when we have opportunities to share).

About Mixing Roots
The Mixing Roots project was set up in 2019 by poet Warda Yassin with the support of Hive. It exists to encourage and support the creative development of young women writers of colour  – new, aspiring and emerging. Over the last few years, four Mixing Roots programmes have been delivered and several pamphlet publications produced. This 2022 Mixing Roots anthology will be the first book-length anthology from the project celebrating a wide range of voices of colour from across the north.

Warda Yassin is a British Somali poet and English teacher. She was awarded the Women Poets’ Prize 2020/21 and became Sheffield Poet Laureate in the same year. Warda writes about her experiences as a British Somali and about her heritage and community and in 2018 was a winner of the New Poets Prize. Her debut pamphlet Tea with Cardamom came out with The Poetry Business in 2019. Warda has been a part of the South Yorkshire writers network (now Hive) for many years and recognises from her own experience, how writing networks can support young writers to reach their potential.

Fiction writers get in touch…

We have recently come to an end of our fabulous fiction programme with the wonderful Rachel Bower!

By all accounts, and the selection of lovely feedback below, it’s been a really enriching and supportive programme for all, and we know that people are itching for more! We wanted to take this opportunity to put out the feelers ahead of anything planned…

If you’re a new, aspiring or emerging fiction writer aged 17-30 in the north of England, wanting a supportive and inclusive space to refresh or develop your skills, drop us a line/show of interest, so we can keep you in the loop of future fiction opportunities. Let us know what you’re after too. A 6-week programme, a writing and monthly-check in group, a workshopping of your work group, let us know your thoughts.

Big thanks to Rachel Bower for a fine programme!

“Very interesting and helpful. A great way to connect with fellow writers and somebody who has been published and has the knowledge to help us all out.”


“Incredibly useful and helped me to make sure I prioritise writing. Really nice to meet some fellow writers and know I’ll be seeing them each week. Rachel’s prompts and advice I found really refreshing and supportive! Thank you.”


“An abundance of sources, advice and support.”


“Giving/getting feedback on writing each week, the little prompts and actually putting pen to paper during the session.”


“Rachel was so accommodating to everybody’s needs, rearranging sessions if we needed to and including session outlines in the chat, we really couldn’t have asked for anymore.”


“Thank you, Rachel! this has been great and another really great first steps for me! it’s been nice to have something to show up for every week!”


“Thank you SO much Rachel this has been a wonderful course! Feeling inspired and looking forward to keeping in touch :)”


Thank you so much Rachel and everyone else, my confidence has grown so much! I’ve written more in these last few weeks than in a long time. Definitely hope we can keep writing together!

Ten Poems about… Candlestick Press

We’re thrilled that a third poem from our Wild Poetry anthology has recently been published as part of the delightful Ten Poems About series from Candlestick Press.

If you’re not familiar with these gorgeous book-come-beautiful pamphlets, you should be! With titles like Ten Poems about… Chickens…Cats…Knitting…Bicycles…Winter…Horses…Work…Sisters….Fathers….Clouds (we could go on!) you are sure to find the perfect ten poems for you (and they make wonderful gifts too, coming with an envelope to send like a card). We’re thrilled for poets Beth Davies (‘Floriography’ in Ten Poems about Flowers), Louise Rhodes (‘Yew Tree’ in Ten Poems about Trees) and Eloise Unerman (‘Rosa Canina’ in Ten Poems about Roses)

Check out the whole series here: Ten Poems About series from Candlestick Press.

Digital Residencies with The Poetry Business

Here at Hive, we’re very excited to announce we’ve teamed up again with northern nurturers and purveyors of fine contemporary poetry, The Poetry Business, as part of their Digital Residencies Programme. 

This will see Hive young poets, Maia Brown, Beth Davies and Luke Worthy each undertaking a one-month digital residency on The Poetry Business website, producing blogs, media clips and creative content delving into their own individual poetry interests. The Residencies will take place from May to July 2022 and we really can’t wait to see what they get up to!

Residencies: Maia Brown (May), Beth Davies (June), Luke Worthy (July)

The Poetry Business is a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and publishing outstanding new poets. They publish books, pamphlets and audio under the Smith/Doorstop imprint, and new imprint The New Poets List. They also publish literary magazine The North, and run Writing Days, the Writing School, the International Book and Pamphlet Competition, the New Poets Prize (for poets aged 17 to 24), and these digital poetry residencies.

Maia Brown is a poet studying Anthropology, Archaeology and Art History at UEA. She is an alumnus of Doncaster Young Writers and a member of the Writing Squad and Hive Poetry. Maia’s work has been published in journals including Matter and Push magazine, and Hive anthologies Halfway Smile and Surfing the Twilight. In 2020, she won second prize in the Engaging Images competition, and third prize in the Hive writing competition 2021. Maia has been commissioned to write poems for various projects including Ripples of Hope Festival for human rights in 2021, and the Birdlife podcast 2019. She’s delivered gallery talks, judged children’s poetry competitions, run creative writing workshops for young and read her work at various events including Sheaf Poetry Festival. 

“I like exploring different forms and using found text scavenged from the world to influence my work. These include museum labels, badly translated washing instructions and lyrics I’ve heard in dreams. Subject wise, I’m interested in everything from art and science to history and the natural world. Because of this, I’m likely to work with a few different ideas, so watch this space!” Maia Brown

Beth Davies (she/her) is an emerging poet based in Sheffield and a member of Hive Poetry Collective. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Wales, Atrium, Rust + Moth, and The Kindling, as well as in anthologies such as Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems about Flowers and Valley Press’ Verse Matters. She won second place in the 2021 Dead Cat Poetry Prize and was shortlisted in the 2021 New Poets Prize. She is a graduate of Sheffield Young Writers, The Writing Squad and of Durham University Slam Team. More information about her work can be found at

“My poems tend to arise from musing on memories and moments from my own life, and I’m excited to play with those musings in a new way through combining prose and poetry during my online residency.” Beth Davies

Luke Worthy is a poet and fiction writer from Sheffield based in Amsterdam. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies including Poetry Wales, Youth Word Up, Halfway Smile (2018) and Surfing the Twilight (2019). His work was shortlisted for the 2021 New Poet’s Prize. In 2019, he was shortlisted in the Street Cake Experimental Writing Prize, and a featured poet in Eelyn Lee’s Britishness documentary. Luke is an alumnus of Sheffield Young Writers and a member of Hive’s Poetry Collective. He studies literature in Amsterdam and when he’s not writing, turns pop-culture figures into clay slugs.

“I love to write poems that travel through time as much as they travel through space. I’m drawn to everything that is queer in the world, and everything that is lost. I want to shine a spotlight on the things people don’t think twice about – I want to show how much they matter.” Luke Worthy

Hive Competition Results 2021/22

Results posted 6th April 2022

Ode to the modern Ode Poem

A workshop open to young poets aged 15-30 in the north
with Vanessa Lampert & Vicky Morris
Sunday 6th Feb 12 to 2.15pm on Zoom 

We’re opening up our Poetry Collective to you on 6th February for all things – Ode! Join us, and prize-winning poets, Vanessa Lampert, and Vicky Morris (Hive), for a fast-paced poetry writing workshop exploring the delights and wit of the modern ode.

An ode is generally described as a lyric poem that praises or reveres an individual, idea, or event. Traditionally in ancient Greece, odes were accompanied by music – the word ‘ode’ coming from the Greek word aeidein, meaning to sing or chant.

The odes we’ll draw inspiration from in this workshop will be fresh, modern, sometimes funny and always unexpected. Across a range of writing exercises, we’ll discover the reverence in life’s offerings often overlooked, the ceremonious in the everyday.

Leave the session with some intriguing first drafts, an urge to praise the minutiae of life, and an awe for the art of the ode!

All levels/experiences welcome.
[Places limited / this is not a webinar]

Open to young writers (aged 15 to 30) in South Yorkshire & the north
Cost: £4 (young writers outside of South Yorkshire £5)

Vanessa Lampert has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and Poetry School London. She has been published in many magazines, most recently in Magma, The Moth, Spoonfeed, Quince and the Oxford Times. She has won the Café Writers Prize, the Ver Prize twice, the Segora Prize, and the Edward Thomas Foundation Prize. She came second in the Fish, Oxford Brookes, and Kent and Sussex, prizes and was commended in the Troubadour, Folklore, Bridport, Ver and Newcastle poetry prizes. She was commended in the National Poetry competition 2020.

Vanessa is a poetry tutor for Learning with Leaders and has taught in schools and at Poetry School London and Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. She writes for and co-edits the online and print magazine The Alchemy Spoon. Vanessa’s first pamphlet On Long Loan, was published by Live Canon in October 2020. She is working on her first full collection.

Vicky Morris is a poet, editor and creative educator based in Sheffield. Her pamphlet If All This Never Happened was a winner of the international Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition. She’s been published in places like The Rialto, Poetry Wales, The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Brittle Star, and Verse Matters anthology (Valley Press). She won first place in the Aurora Poetry Prize 2020 and Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and was a runner-up in the Mother’s Milk Poetry Prize 19/20. Vicky has built young writers’ provision in South Yorkshire for many years, founding Hive in 2016. She won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and in 2019 The Sarah Nulty Award for Creativity for her impact in the region.