The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards | Sat 23rd July | One of the most exciting things about poetry is the way it allows us to unleash the full power of the imagination, bringing to life fantastical, impossible and magical scenarios. On this writing day, we will explore…

Beth Davies is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022!

We are delighted for Hive young poet Beth Davies who is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022 – for her debut pamphlet collection ‘The Pretense of Understand’. Beth started out in the network as a member of Sheffield Young Writers where she began to develop her love for poetry. It’s been so lovely to see Beth grow over the years and we know this is the beginning of a long, rich adventure as a talented published poet….

Young Voices Open Mic 14th July

Young Writers’ Open Mic (aged 14-30) The Leadmill, Thursday 14 July – All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-30) from across South Yorkshire. Open and supportive of all, both new & experienced performers. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, sing, play an instrument, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to an encouraging audience…

Our Streets Unmasked Podcast Stories

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…

Division Street by Morgan Westwood Cooke

Streets Unmasked: Morgan Westwood-Cook takes us on a gorgeous poetic meander through the beauty of a city waking from lockdown. As it stretches out of its quiet corners, it realises it is somewhat changed – but are its people?

Ghost Town by Rebecca Payne

Streets Unmasked: Things must be bad when even York’s ghosts are noticing! Rebecca Payne explores the relationships and the brilliantly comic dynamics of the dead who are struggling to live without the living…

Merchantgate Bus Stop by Cristina Rizzo

Streets Unmasked: A poetic dance through York: located around Merchantgate bus stop on three different dates showing us three very different faces. We’ve all been changed, in some ways, by lockdown – Cristina Rizzo magnificently shows us we’re not the only ones to take our masks off and find ourselves… different.

Inner Pieces by Eve Naden

Streets Unmasked: Let us take you by the hand and walk you through a York trying to wake up and find its feet. Delighting in the small details that show us so much, this York finds itself something different, something… new.

Bench Guy by Eliana Grundy

Streets Unmasked: Ever wondered just who that person you see every day is? Why they take that particular train or… sat on that particular bench through lockdown? Eliana Grundy dives into discovering who one of these strangers is, showing us that really, none of us are ever quite as alone as we think….

The Time Travel Log by Lucy-Jo Finnighan

Streets Unmasked: A rip-roaring yarn from Yarm, where an intrepid Victorian explorer falls into a curious time-slip – finding himself in a future he could never imagined. Where have all the people gone? And why all the masks…?

The Silent Disease by Ilona Galloway-Dutton

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

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! 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…

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.”

We’re All in it Together Grist Books anthology

Congratulations to 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. We’re All in it Together explores the fault lines of national and regional identity…

Mixing Roots Anthology – Call for submissions

Mixing Roots anthology…showcasing the voices of young and emerging writers of colour…In Mid-February we’ll be open for submissions for poetry from aspiring and emerging young writers of colour aged 15 to 30 in the north of England, for our first full-length Mixing Roots anthology!

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…

Ten Poems about… Candlestick Press

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

Digital Residencies with The Poetry Business

We’re very excited to announce, Hive have teamed up again with northern nurturers and purveyors of fine contemporary poetry, The Poetry Business, as part of their Digital Poetry Residences programme. ..

Hive Competition Results 2021/22

Congratulations to winning and commended young writers aged 14 to 30 from across the nearby north who submitted wonderful work spanning short story, flash fiction and poetry. If you entered the competition and weren’t placed in the list below, don’t be disheartened. Keep writing! We’re looking forward to hearing from you again next time.

Ode to the modern Ode Poem

A workshop open to young poets aged 15-30 in the north | Sunday 6th Feb 12 to 2.15pm on Zoom 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…

Mixing Roots Poetry Programme

Mixing Roots poetry programme for young women of colour age 15-25 in the north of England. If you’re an aspiring or emerging young poet keen to take your craft further, Mixing Roots is back and running an online poetry programme starting on Sundays 13th March offering…

Hive Online Fiction Programme with Rachel Bower

If you’re a new or emerging short story writer, or novelist, keen to refresh or develop skills, Hive is running an online fiction programme on Thursday evenings from 10th February, offering a supportive and immersive set of six workshops and individual feedback to help, inspire and guide you to getting where you want to go with your writing. Join award-winning fiction writer Rachel Bower, for all things furthering your fiction, and…

Easter writing workshops for 14-19s in Barnsley

Aged 14-19 in the Barnsley area? Like creative writing? Hive have teamed up with The Civic Barnsley again and we’re looking for aspiring young writers to join us this Easter for creative writing workshops to tie in with an exciting new exhibition coming to The Civic Barnsley – Teenage Wildlife: a project exploring 70 years of Barnsley youth culture and teenage experience….

Barnsley Young Writers at The Civic

Calling young people aged 14-19 in the Barnsley area… Like creative writing? Like photography too? (Not essential!) Want to join something fun and creative with others who share the same interests? If so, join us at the new Barnsley Young Writers! (FREE!) We’re looking for aspiring young writers to join our new monthly group….

A Poetry Week at Lumb Bank by Freya Bantiff

As someone with very little concept of time, my week at Arvon unfolded in a blur of exciting happenings – one second, I was hopping onto a train from Sheffield (I hadn’t been on a train since pre-Covid times so even that seemed moderately exciting!), the next I was entering a secreted world, hidden amongst the woods, of people who shared the same passion for writing as me…

Reclaiming Robin Hood

I’m Ashely Gregory, an emerging young scriptwriter, and I had the honour of writing a chapter in a new book entitled, Reclaiming Robin Hood, celebrating folklore and South Yorkshire’s legendary outlaw. The project was part of the Sensoria Film and Music Festival and my involvement in the project came about through an internship with them through Sheffield Hallam University in 2019…

Trials of the Realm by Lauren Stabler

I wrote my first novel during the second lockdown of 2020 but the idea was born as I was writing my dissertation for the MA. I loved books like The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and The Testing (Joelle Charnonneau) but I wanted something a little bit older as I myself got older. And so, I wrote Trials of the Realm…

All Reytons

Songwriting competition coming soon for tickets to see The Reytons at Magna in May! We just want to say a massive, yes lads! to The (mighty) Reytons for their absolutely stellar debut album – Kids Off the Estate. This is true musical craft, DIY in-it-for-the-long-haul graft, northern songwriting at its finest…

Poetry free reads & mentoring support

Hive is offering a number of free reads, feedback & mentorship support to young poets [aged 17 to 30 years] who are at a stage where they are getting ready to send their work out into the world for a pamphlet submission…

Hive poets at Rotherham Civic for Off the Shelf Festival

Such a lovely evening on Friday at Off the Shelf Festival of Words at the beautiful Rotherham Civic.  Hive poets Safia Khan & Freya Bantiff performed wonderful sets alongside the brilliant Caroline Bird and Otis Mensah. If you haven’t been to Rotherham Civic, you really need to go. It’s such a gorgeous theatre with great staff and so welcoming…