Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2017!

The amazing Off the Shelf Festival of Words starts soon in Sheffield! Running from 7th to 28th Oct, the festival covers a wide range of events for all ages and interests including: talks, workshops, conversations with writers, arts projects and open mics to name but a tiny…

When Aliens Write Poetry with Gavin Hudson

Drawing on the work and ideas of American poet Jack Spicer, and WB Yeats, you are invited to contact your inner ‘alien’ and write through ‘transmissions’ from the outside as Spicer saw it.You, might even meet…

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 -The Hubs, Sheffield | Free event. To book here click

Performance Theatre with Khadijah Ibrahiim 28th Oct

Write for performance and improve your confidence, stage presence, and delivery with poet and playwright Khadijah Ibrahiim. Khadijah combines art forms to re-imagine poetry as performance theatre. “One of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets.” (BBC).

SLAM BARz Off the Shelf Challenges

GOT BARz?? Slam Barz is a supportive South Yorkshire wide event for young emerging urban lyricists and rappers (aged 14 to 25) to come and show your skills through an open mic or by competing in a SLAM BARz 2017 challenge…

Young Writers’ Open Mic 30th Oct

All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-25) from across South Yorkshire. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words and talents in a warm atmosphere.

Hive Young Writers Competition

Hive South Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition (FREE) Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories Age Categories: 14 – 17 | 18 – 21 | 22 – 25 Deadline: 27th Nov 2017 Open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across South Yorkshire. Enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 27 Nov 2017…

Summer Reads on BBC Radio Sheffield

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield’s Summer Reads, four young writers from South Yorkshire wide Hive young writers groups went on air this summer on the ever-brilliant Rony Robinson’s show, to review, recommend and talk all things books…

Interview with Hannah Lowe

We were lucky enough to have Hannah Lowe as our visiting writer during an amazing week at Arvon Lumb Bank in April 2017. Hannah’s first poetry collection in Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013), which focuses on her father a Chinese-black Jamaican migrant who disappeared at night to play cards or dice in London’s East End to support his family.

SLAM BARz

24th August: GOT BARz?? Slam Barz is a supportive citywide event for young emerging urban lyricists and rappers to come and show their skills through an open mic or by competing in a SLAM BARz 2017 challenge.
Hip hop, grime, old school, lyrical word play, all styles welcome.

Satdee Poetry (for 16-25s) FREE

Satdee Poetry | For: young people 16 to 25 yrs from across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsely (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire)
FREE | Next session: Saturday 12th Aug. Write poems, read poems, enjoy poems, get ideas…

Congratulations to Eloise Unerman – Winner of the Cuckoo Northern Writers Award 2017

We are delighted that Eloise Unerman of Rotherham Young Writers has won the prestigious Northern Writers – Cuckoo Award 2017! Eloise from Goldthorpe in Barnsley, had just turned 17 when she applied for the award which is open to young writers from 14 to 18 from across the North…

South Asian mehfil, Doncaster

In March, Cast Theatre in Doncaster approached Hive to see if we’d like to collaborate on an open mic ‘mehfil’ (the name for an Indian gathering of entertainment), during the Alchemy South Asian Arts Festival taking place at the theatre in June. The focus would be South Asian young voices…

Poetry workshop & talk with James Giddings

Hive Young Writers’ Afternoon with poet James Giddings | Finding poetry in unexpected places – Talk, reading & workshop Saturday 24th June | James Giddings is a 26 year old poet based in…

My Arvon Experience – Louisa Rhodes

For the first week of the Easter holiday, I was lucky enough to go off on a Hive adventure with a big band of South Yorkshire young writers, not quite knowing what to expect, to the wonderful Arvon Lumb Bank centre near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. I can still feel myself stepping off…

Young writer performances May-June

There are 3 opportunities to catch young writers reading and performing, (or to perform as a young writer yourself!) during May and June, plus some great talents you can catch alongside them. We thought we’d round them up as we’re good like that!

These poets, our kin / These poems, our stories

Doncaster is currently hosting the first ever poetry exhibition in a commercial shopping space in the UK, possibly even the world (Google has yet to provide a final answer on this one so let’s go with it…WORLD!)
In February this year I was contacted by the Frenchgate Centre about a ‘dead space’ in the shopping centre. Rather than fill it with adverts…

Wild Poetry – call for submissions

Hive is thrilled to announce Wild Poetry, a fabulous spring-into-summer poetry project open for submissions until 22nd May. The project, funded by Grow Wild UK, encourages young writers in South Yorkshire to write a wide range of poems inspired by UK native wild flowers, plants, & fungi. Work selected will be made into a book accompanied by interesting and relevant facts.

Open Mic Mehfil at the Alchemy Festival at Cast in Doncaster

Calling young writers and word-lovers from across South Yorkshire, (particularly of South Asian heritage), bring your words and join us at the Alchemy on Tour Festival at Cast in Doncaster on 3rd June as part of a daylong celebration of South Asian culture.