Poetry in Unexpected Places with Andrew McMillan

Join Barnsley bred award-winning poet, Andrew McMillan, 26th Oct, to write poems in new and exciting ways where content and form are pushed. Some of the best writing comes when we leave our usual zone and take ourselves to places we might not have been before. A fun, stimulating day of writing, reading and thinking for young writers of any experience.

My Lumb Bank Arvon Week

I arrived by taxi down the single file road that lead to the Arvon, Lumb Bank writers residence. It was beautiful and remote and I felt so lucky; I never thought that I would be able to go on an Arvon course, but thanks to the amazing people at Hive I was there, and I was determined to…

My Week at The Hurst Arvon

My Week at The Hurst – Arvon Poetry Writing Course… My Arvon experience started with a breath-taking drive through Shropshire countryside among towering rhododendrons – a fitting start to a trip that just kept getting better.

Congrats to Ciah White & Lauren Hollingsworth Smith: Northern Writers Award 2019

We are delighted that Ciah White of Doncaster Young Writers has won the prestigious Young Northern Writers Award 2019, and Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith, who attends Rotherham Young Writers, has been highly commended…

timehop summer sessions – Barnsley

Calling young creatives aged 14-19 in the Barnsley area… Like creative writing or photography? Interested in people or fashion? Want to work with professional writers & artists? If the answer is yes to any of these questions… come and check out the timehop summer sessions at the new LIGHTBOX central library in Barnsley town centre.

Mixing Roots Project

Mixing Roots is a summer project bringing together girls & young women from different backgrounds & cultures in a supportive space to talk, share & write about everything from the roots we come from & what has been passed down to us, to who we are today…

An interview with Dan Powell

After working with short story writer, Dan Powell, when he came to Hive Young Writers’ Festival in 2018, I decided he would be the perfect person to interview for my Arts Award. Dan was great to work with and gave me loads of ideas and fresh ways to look at things. Here he talks to me about all things writing including…

Louise Rennison Funny Award 2020

Do you enjoy reading funny books? Maybe acting funny stuff out? Come and chat with the organisers of the Louise Rennison National Funny Award 2020 for young writers and get inspired! Saturday 6th July 11am-12pm

Sheaf Poetry Festival Hivelights :)

Thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival and listen to the Hive showcase at Sheaf poetry festival… We want to say a big thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival for a great festival this year and so many great…

Ear to the City Podcast Project

The city offers the writer a feast of sights and sounds, of passing lives and often overlooked details. What do we encounter when we’re not rushing from A to B, when we loiter or chat to a strange? Join poets Arji Manuelpillai and Vicky Morris for writing and recording a soundscape podcast ode to city life…

Sheaf Poetry Festival

Starting Friday 17th May until Sunday 26th May it’s the Sheaf Poetry Festival – a new poetry festival for Sheffield and nearby – and Hive is delighted to be part of it! Well, in so much as some of the young poets in our network and groups are going to be reading (and watching!)

Pop Up Portraits

Recently, at Hive Young Writers’ Festival, Warren Draper, with help from assistant Cameron, photographed writers of all ages, backgrounds and interested asking one single question – give me a word you’re into right now and why? Here’s the result! 

Scribble, Doodle, and Draw

FREE workshop dates: 13th & 27th June & 11th July [Thursdays] 10.30 to 12.30pm [Refeshments provided] | All welcome 18+ Scribble, Doodle, and Draw has been open for just over a month. When I visited the first thing that hit me was the bright and welcoming atmosphere (not unusual for DARTS!) and the sense of fun…

Thank You! Hive Young Writers’ Festival 2019

Hive Young Writers Festival 2019 saw an impressive 160 young writers, 25+ industry professionals and a heroic team of front of house staff and volunteers come together at Sheffield Hallam University on 13th April for a transformative and memorable day of all things words….

Georgie Woodhead – Young Poet in Residence at Sheaf Poetry Festival

We are delighted to announce Georgie Woodhead as Young Poet in Residence during the forthcoming Sheaf Poetry Festival! Georgie, of Sheffield Young Writers, is just 16-years-old and has already accomplished so much as a young poet since joining our network at the tender age of 13, including winning a Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2018. Georgie will work…

Ian McMillan interviewed by Eloise Unerman

Eloise Unerman sits down for chat with Barnsley’s first Poet Laureate, the magnificent Ian McMillian. Ian was kind enough to answer all sorts of burning questions and give some of the best advice for young poets starting out. He was warm and funny and told some very odd stories about men in capes and said blimey a lot…

Hive Young Writers’ Competition Results

We are delighted to announce the results of our 2019 Young Writers’ Competition! Open to young writers aged 14 to 25 across Yorkshire region, the competition spanned short story, flash fiction and poetry. We were amazed to receive a whopping 500+ entries – that saw young writers scribbling from the near and far reaches of the county…

About Hive Young Writers Fest 2019

Hive Young Writers Festival is a jam-packed day of word-based happenings for young & emerging writers from across the north [all are welcome!] on Saturday 13th April 2019. The festival is a chance to network, work with and get advice from professional writers, meet like-minded young writers, perform yourself & of course… write!

Hive Arvon retreat bursaries

Are you an emerging young writer aged (18 to 30 in South Yorkshire) keen to transform your writing practice? Hive have teamed up with leading creative writing charity Arvon to support passionate young and emerging writers to further their writing goals via a number of bursary awards for Arvon residential courses…

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…

Penistone Grammar Anthology

We’re delighted to launch Penistone Grammar School’s wonderful student anthology – Everything that ever happened. Students worked with author and Hive facilitator Nik Perring over four after-school sessions. Although this wasn’t long, it proved to be a wonderfully fertile time as the anthology proves…

Hive young writer Sile wins BBC Radio presenting contract!

We are beyond excited to congratulate young writer, performer, presenter and all-round creative talent, Sile Sibanda, who, at just 21 years old, has WON BBC Radio Sheffield’s THIS IS ME presenting job!! This couldn’t have happened to a more humble, nurturing, positive and hard working young woman. Sile is a joy to work with. When we saw the job we knew it was made for her. Sile has hosted various events for Hive and…

Eloise Unerman named Barnsley Young Poet Laureate

Young Barnsley poet wins local accolade…Congratulations Eloise Unerman! On 25th March, 19-year-old Eloise Unerman of Goldthorpe will be named Barnsley’s Young Poet Laureate in recognition of her ongoing literary achievements…

Stacey Sampson at Hall Cross Doncaster

On behalf of Hive, actress, writer and creative facilitator, Stacey Sampson worked with students at Hall Cross School in Doncaster recently. As well as delivering exercises using drama and writing, Stacey spoke about her journeys in acting and writing, from joining a local theatre group as a child that led to…

Ideas of Britishness

Emerging young writers from Hive are currently working with writer Desiree Reynolds on a set of commissioned poems for filmmaker Eelyn Lee, exploring their idea of Britishness and identity. A selection of the work with be featured in a film Eelyn is making for FURD (Football Unites Racism Divides), exploring these ideas through poetry and interviews…

From Chorus to Verse: Reimagining Quirkus

From Chorus to Verse: Reimagining Quirkus | By Lydia Allison – Young Poet in Residence at Darts – Doncaster Community Arts | Before visiting the exhibition I had an idea of the values of the Quirky Choir, but entering the space brought everything very much to life. Three walls covered in bright photographs, interspersed with ornate metal ‘Q’s which each made a different sound, layered with beautiful recordings of the choir singing as well…

Quirkus Exhibition – Soundscapes & New Found Words

Quirkus Exhibition & Workshop: Soundscapes & New Found Words | By Lydia Allison – Young Poet in Residence at Darts – Doncaster Community Arts | On 7th February I had the pleasure of running the first of three writing workshops based around The Point’s first exhibition of 2019 – a celebration of the Quirky choir’s 20th anniversary, with a lively group of adult writers at The Point…

Bill Viola exhibition & workshop (Young Poet in Residence, Darts)

The Point, home to Darts (Doncaster Community Arts) was host to a Bill Viola exhibition in late 2018. After exploiting the exhibition and starting drafts of my own creative responses, I led my first Young Poet in Residence workshop at The Point with members of the Creative Directions adult group who enjoy a wide range of creative activities in the building…

Culture Cinema

Free Culture Cinema at Burngreave Library | Come and get creatively inspired! | Calling young people 12-19 in the Burngreave, Fire Vale, Firth Park & nearby areas of Sheffield – this half term, come to Burngreave Library for FREE cinema showings (& popcorn!) and to hear more and sign up for creative workshops happening through Nyara Collective at the library.

Young Poet in Residence at Darts

Hive, in partnership with Doncaster Arts, is delighted to announce Lydia Alison as the first Young Poet in Residence at The Point (home of Doncaster Arts). As part of the Hatch programme, Lydia will be running creative writing workshops and writing poems in response to the exhibitions programme. She will work with adult groups who use the building regularly and open sessions up to the general public…