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…

Hive Young Writers’ Festival 2018

Just a heads up that we are about to start planning a big young writers day for a Saturday in April. We’re talking 150 young writers under one roof enjoying workshops , panel discussions & advice sessions with writers and industry professionals. Get information on….

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!?

My week at Arvon Lumb Bank

In December 2017, I was lucky enough to go on a writing retreat in the far reaches of West Yorkshire. A place unfamiliar to me that would be my home for the next week. Arvon was like another world. Here’s a little about my experience and why other young writers might consider an Arvon course in the future.

Satdee Poetry (for 16-25s) FREE

Satdee Poetry is a FREE monthly poetry group for young people 16 to 25 yrs from across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire)
All interests & abilities welcome. 

Young Poets Writers’ Day: Putting together a pamphlet

Are you a young poet in South Yorkshire, between the ages of 17 and 24? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize, but feel unsure how to go about it?

An interview with poet, Peter Sansom

To my left sits Peter Sansom, veteran poet, editor and Co-director of The Poetry Business, sipping a mug of tea. It feels surreal. Having been taught by him for 4 days now, I have so many questions I want to ask. Luckily, he’s all ears, smiles and some great insights and advice about poetry.

Interview with novelist Tiffany Murray

What could be a more ideal opportunity to interview a writer you admire than during a week away at the amazing Arvon Lumb Bank Writing Centre, when said writer is one of your teachers for the week? I was lucky enough to do just that with the wonderful Novelist, Tiffany Murray… Interview: Georgie Woodhead, 14

Slam Barz 2017

In August and October 2017, Hive supported young spoken word poet, Dominic Heslop with Slam Barz – a supportive South Yorkshire wide event for young first time and emerging urban lyricists and rappers (aged 14 to 25) to come and show their skills through an open mic or by competing in a Slam Barz 2017 challenge…

Wild Poetry Anthology on sale now!

We are excited to say, our first young poet’s anthology is here and available to buy! Wild poetry brings together poetry written by young people, aged from 14 to 25, in celebration of the beauty, mystery and importance of native UK wild plants, flowers, trees and fungi. The poems have been written in…

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…

Arvon bursary opportunity for performance writers interested in facilitating creative writing

Calling young writers of poetry, theatre, or performance, 18-28 living in South Yorkshire & interested in develop skills in facilitation &the teaching of creative writing. Hive has teamed up with national creative writing charity, Arvon to offer two 90% bursaries for…

Young People’s 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.

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…

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

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…

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).

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.


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.

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.