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…

Hatch Reads Scheme

Free Reads & Feedback to young writers (17 to 30 years) Hive is offering a number of Free Reads & Feedback to young writers (17 to 30 years) for fiction, script and poetry manuscripts/portfolios who are at a stage where they have a specific goal for sending out their work (such as particular submissions, awards, or competitions)….

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…

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.