Building Brave New Worlds

Building Brave New Worlds – with novelist & historical fiction writer Tim Leach | Sat 9th Feb 2019 – 10.30am – 4 pm |Open to 14 – 25yr. Building a world in fiction is only the beginning – the next challenge is making that world live, breathe, and move. In this day of workshops and exercises, you’ll look at how to go beyond a basic idea for a world, how to plan, structure, and draft larger projects through pacing, flow, and an understanding of the shape of stories. 

Spoken word & poetry workshop Burngreave

Free spoken word & poetry workshops – for young people 12-15yrs in Burngreave and nearby areas of Sheffield | 10.30-12.30pm Monthly Saturdays start 2nd Feb 2019 at Burngreave Library. All welcome. Relaxed and fun. Poetry, beats, rhythm, lyrics whatever you’re into! Run by writer & singer, Danae Wellington (Nyara Collective) for young people (12-15yrs) in the Burngreave and surrounding areas of Sheffield.

Gun Clap – discussions needed- by Danae Wellington & Warda Yassin

Whilst watching Dude, spotlit, afraid and under siege, I was taken back to memories of myself as a teenager, angry, displaced and ready to inflict the pain I had carried for so long on someone else. I was frustrated and tired of the abuse I was facing at home and in school. Insecurity and vulnerability led me to arming myself with a knife, aged 15, in the misguided hope that…

Hive young writers at So Africa Festival 2018

We were delighted that the lovely folks at the So Africa Festival 2018 invited four talented and emerging Hive young writers of African heritage to perform at the Crucible Theatre on the Friday and Saturday of their weekend-long festival in October…

Off the Shelf Festival workshops for young women

During the Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2018, writers Stacey Sampson and Warda Yassin led Hive community workshops with young women aged, 14 to 24, around empowerment and voice….

Hive young writers at Ted Hughes Festival 2018

In September Hive young poets were lucky enough to perform on the opening night of the Ted Hughes Festival 2018 alongside the amazing Afro-futurist musician and poet, Moor Mother, all the way from Philadelphia USA. Ten emerging young writers aged 15 and upwards performed in Mexborough with young rapper and spoken word artist Dominic Heslop hosting…

Hatching a Cinema For All…

The wonderful Cinema For All have chosen young writers from Hive to become cultural film programmers, setting up inclusive film screenings for young people in Burngreave, Sheffield to inspire them to write. The project, led by young writer and singer, Danaë Wellington, will see Burngreave Library transformed into a cinema showing seminal…

Georgie Woodhead wins Foyle Young Poet of the Year

Huge congratulations are in order to 15-year-old Georgie Woodhead, one of the 15 winning poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2018, and to Maya Williams-Hamm, 16, highly-commended in the competition…

Hive Fiction programme

Hive Fiction programme for writers (18-30s) – take your writing to the next level If you’re an aspiring short story writer, or novelist, keen to take your craft to the next level, Hive is running a monthly fiction programme offering a year-long set of workshops providing the help and guidance to get to where you want to be… deadline 31st Oct 2018

Hive Yorkshire Young Writers Competition

Hive Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition (FREE) Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 25 Deadline: 4th Jan 2019. Open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across Yorkshire. Enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 4th Jan 2019…

Our young steering group has hatched…

Introducing the Hatch programme

From September 2018, we are so pleased to have been granted funding from Arts Council England to pilot a new programme – Hatch – offering a number of next step opportunities for young and emerging writers from 18 to 30, including training and development opportunities and an enabling fund allowing emerging younger writers to progress their…

Moor Mother & Hive young writers

What better way to kick off the autumn than with the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival in Mexborough!? And we’re very excited that 10 young writers from Hive will be performing alongside the amazing Afro-futurist, Moor Mother, all the way from Philly USA for this Friday’s opening event…

Poetic narratives for performance with Andy Craven-Griffiths

Poetic narratives for performance – Sat 6th Oct – with poet & playwright Andy Craven Griffiths | Hive Young Writers’ Day in partnership with Off the Shelf. Write poetic narratives for performance with poet & playwright Andy Craven-Griffiths. Learn how to write work to be spoken as a satisfying story, and how to deliver with rhythm and (optional) rhyme. This is a workshop for writers of any form, at any….

halfway smile – young writers anthology

We are excited to say, halfway smile is here and available to buy! This wonderfully moving and diverse anthology showcases 73 works of poetry, short story and flash, the work of a whopping 69 young and emerging writers in the region including award winners Warda Yassin, Eloise Unerman and Georgie Woodhead. It also celebrates the winners of our inaugural Hive Young Writers’ Competition…

Readings – Eloise Unerman Ledbury Festival 2018

At the end of June, Barnsley young poet, Eloise Unerman, who attends Rotherham Young Writers, had the exciting opportunity to be young poet in residence at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. As the winner of the young person’s category of the Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2017, Eloise was asked to…

Young Writers’ Open Mic & anthology launch

Calling young people (14-25s) from across South Yorkshire! If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words, ideas and talents in a warm atmosphere. We’ll also be launching a bumper Hive anthology including the winners of our recent competition.

Alternative Theatre with Andy Cook

Alterative Theatre – knocking down the 4th wall & other creative vandalism | Does a play have to start with a huge script, or can one be written on the spot in less than 20 minutes? What happens if your actors don’t pretend they can’t see the audience? And how do you set a play in a staircase? Or down a phone? Or, what if your audience are the ones that have to do the acting!?

Congrats Georgie!

We are delighted that Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers is one of two highly commended young writers in the prestigious Northern Writers –  Cuckoo Award 2018! Georgie from  had just turned 15 when she applied for the award, which is open to young writers from 14 to 18 from across the North of England.

Warda Yassin wins New Poets Prize

We are so delighted that Warda Yassin is a winner for the New Poets Award 2018! Along with three other young poets – Joe Carrick-Varty Tristram, Fane Saunders & Emma Jeremy, (congratulations to all!), Warda flies the flag for the North of England, and for both her Somali and English cultures which she combines so beautifully in her work.

Satdee Poetry (for 18-25s)

Satdee Poetry is a FREE monthly poetry group for young people 18 to 25 yrs from across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire)
All interests & abilities welcome. 

Interview with author Richard Chizmar

Despite its many negatives, social media can be very useful. I found this out the day I sent Richard Chizmar a tweet asking to interview him. I was skeptical of receiving a response from the popular American author of Gwendy’s Button Box who has co-written with Stephen King. Imagine my surprise when he replied only two minutes later!

In my Words Project – Creative writing & wellbeing (Barnsley)

Sometimes, as the saying goes – life gives us lemons! Come along to these fun sessions as part of the In my Words project, and boost your mood while being creative as a way of helping you to better tackle life’s lemons, stresses and strains. All abilities & interests welcome…

Hive festival coverage from Write Radio!

The wonderful crew at Sheffield Live Fm’s Write Radio – Sez Thomasin, Wilson and Spleeny – have produced a wonderful show around Hive Young Writers Festival that took place on 14th April 2018 with lots of great interviews and performances from young writers they found milling around on the day…

Festival thank you!

We just want to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful writers, partners, volunteers, creative professionals, and young writers that made Hive Young Writers festival a truly wonderful day on Saturday 14th April 2018. This may take some time because there were so many wonderful people in the mix…

Find out about festival happenings!

With less than 2 weeks to go, Hive’s Vicky Morris talks to Sleeny at Sheffield Live Fm’s Write Radio about all things festival!
Festival links: About the festival | Festival writers & who’s who | Festival Programme | Get tickets | Getting there

Interview with Lowkey

Hive writers, Warda Yassin and Dominic Heslop, were recently lucky enough to bagged a brilliant food-for-thought interviewed with English-Iraqi hip-hop artist, Lowkey, on his fleeting ‘In conversation’ visit to the uny recently.

Young Writers’ Competition Results

We are delighted to announce the results of our inaugural Young Writer’s Competition! Open to young writers aged 14 to 25 across the South Yorkshire region, the competition spanned short story, flash fiction and poetry. We were amazed to receive a whopping 250+ entries, for this our first ever competition, which…

Annabelle Pitcher Advice for Novelists

The lovely English Department staff at Sheffield Hallam University welcome Hive young writers to appropriate writing masterclasses at the uni, and what could be more appropriate than a talk by young adult novelist, Annabel Pitcher!?