The Youth Word Up 2017

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Performance: Young people and poet Toria Garbutt
Events: 26th Oct 2017 | 7.30 – 9.30pm -The Hubs, Sheffield
Free event. No need to book (unless you’re more than 4 people) To book here click

It’s that time of year again for the Youth Word Up – working with young people’s services in Sheffield. Local young people will perform pieces written during workshops with Hive, sharing their experiences and hopes. Sharing the stage with the young performers are young writers from Hive and Yorkshire poet Toria Garbutt –  described as ‘the lyrical machine gun’, Toria performs at festivals all over the UK and regularly supports Dr John Cooper Clarke.

Suitable for ages 13+, parental guidance applies
Free anthology from the project available at the event

About the Youth Word Up

As part of his guest curation of Off the Shelf in 2012, poet, novelist and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah, created The Youth Word Up – a project designed to give young people a chance to have their voices heard alongside an established poet.

Now in its 6th year, the Youth Word Up is an ongoing success with young people writing poetry and performing it alongside top poets at yearly events during the Festival. In 2013, a Youth Word Up, audio-visual installation of young people’s spoken poetry was showcased in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. And in 2014, 2015, and again at the 2015 festival, a booklet of work by young people was produced from the project.

The Youth Word Up is an Off the Shelf Festival of Words Project funded by Arts Council – Grants for the Arts
Supported by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Community Youth Teams, Sheffield Youth Justice Service, Hive South Yorkshire, Vicky Morris and Arts Council England.