Louisa Rhodes – Streetcake Prize Winner

Hive young writer Louisa Rhodes has been chosen by Jarred Mcginnis as 4th place winner in Streetcake’s Experimental Writing Prize (18-23 category) for her story heaven.exe_/run/. The announcement was made at Streetcake’s Awards ceremony…

Hive Young Writers’ Competition Results 2020

We are delighted to announce the results of our 2020 Young Writers’ Competition! Open to young writers aged 14 to 30 across the Yorkshire region, the competition spanned short story, flash fiction and poetry. We were amazed to receive…

Naomi Thomas BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Naomi Thomas, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award 2020 with First Story and Cambridge University. ‘The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ by Naomi Thomas: Described by judges as ‘a punch in the face of a story, in the best possible way,’ an ordinary commute on a crowded tube train is transformed into a surreal and darkly…

Hive at Off the Shelf Festival of Words

It’s that time of year again – it can only be… the Off the Shelf Festival of Word! With both live and online readings, performances, workshops and talks, there’s an amazing line-up for this year’s festival (9th – 31th October). As always, Hive and Hive writers are honoured to be part of the action…

Warda Yassin at Off the Shelf Festival of Words in October

We’re so proud of Warda for all she gets up to and this autumn she’s very busy doing various events at Off the Shelf Festival of Words including reading with UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage on 11 Oct. What’s more it’s a drive-in event – yes, book by the car! She’s also….

Mastering Monologues – for young writers & actors

Join acclaimed actor, John Rwoth-Omack (Far Gone), in a jam-packed two-part masterclass for young writers and actors, from hobby to career interest. Over two 90-minute sessions, you’ll explore acting and writing tips and advice, from one-man-shows to nailing affecting monologues. You’ll go to contribute your ideas and writing to a real monologue…

Hive poets support Roger Robinson at Off the Shelf Festival

We’re thrilled to have two emerging young poets from the Hive network  – Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith and Georgie Woodhead – will be giving support readings for the mighty Roger Robinson at Off the Shelf Festival of Words…

She Will Soar Anthology

We’re delighted that New Poets Prize 2020 winner, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, at just 18 years old, will be published in a new anthology of female poets, alongside poems such as Carol Ann Duffy, Grace Nichols and Mary Jean Chan. She Will Soar (Pan MacMillan) edited and compiled by Ana Sampson is described as ‘A stunning book featuring 130 poems about wanderlust, freedom and escape written by women’. Due out on 17th September 2020.

Creative Writing for bi-lingual tongues

Join award-winning British-Somali poet, Warda Yassin, for a writing workshop exploring all things language. Warda will encourage you to use the words you love from the tongues you speak (or maybe know a little of) and write in the dialects, and even the slang, that matters to you…

Mixing Roots – for young voices of colour

Are you a young person of colour in South Yorkshire & nearby, aged 14 to 21? Interested in power of words? In August and September, award-winning Sheffield writer and poet, Warda Yassin (and guest writers & creatives Danae Wellington & Sile Sibanda) will be running a new Mixing Roots programme of free creative writing workshops for young people of colour and dual heritage from across South Yorkshire.

Youth Word Up Podcast

This year the Youth Word Up is a little different! Our normal live event at Off the Shelf Festival of Words with its accompanying publication has turned into… a podcast! This time around we’re working with the Young People in Care Council, Sheffield Young Carers, and Chilypep. They’ll be joined by emerging young writers from the HIVE network…

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick – How Covid Changed My Perspective – As an almost 18-year-old suffering from chronic and mental illnesses, this lockdown was never going to be easy – throw in a mum and sister who are also health-compromised, a dog, two cats, a guinea pig, and a hedgehog, and you have one heck of a household – but what I didn’t see coming was how Covid could change my life for the better.

Hot Day in a Tesco Queue by Melanie Hopkins

Over the last few months, most of us have found ourselves at some point (perhaps even weekly) standing in a supermarket queue, possibly stretching around a car park, likely bored, and definitely itchy in a mask!
Que – our first audio monologue by Melanie Hopkins ‘Hot day in a Tesco Queue’ written as a lockdown commission. We’re planning to do more dramatic audio productions, and Melanie wanted to try her hand at a bit of comedy, so the stars were aligned to see what was possible!

Our Rotherham Poem

Hive is so immensely proud of the unveiling of: Our Rotherham, a film poem written by Vicky Morris and Rotherham Young Writers to celebrate YORKSHIRE DAY, commissioned by the Rotherham Council Events Team…

Orwell Youth Prize 2020 – congratulations!

We are delighted that Molly Hammerton from Rotherham Young Writers & Naomi Thomas of Sheffield Young Writers are both senior runners-up in the ORWELL YOUTH PRIZE 2020…

Congratulations to Naomi Thomas Northern Writers Award 2020

We are delighted that Naomi Thomas of Sheffield Young Writers has been Highly Commended in the Young Northern Writers Award 2020 for short fiction….

100 Days of Lockdown: A Disabled Writer’s Experience

At the time of writing, I have now been in the house for one hundred days (except for a hospital admission). These have been horror-filled weeks for many. The deaths of learning and physically disabled people have more than doubled since this time last year. As a disabled writer, how am I supposed to…

Writing Picture Books

Curious to see what it takes to write a children’s picture book manuscript? Or wondered what an editor will be looking for?
Join Emma Layfield, Hachette’s Picture Book Development Director, North, to explore the exciting world of picture book writing.

Me, Arvon & Claudia Jones

When I heard about the Arvon Writing for Performance with Communities retreat, I was so excited. It sounded like just what I was looking for – new ways to develop as a writer but also as a practitioner and facilitator of others…

School’s Out – Ada Urbaniak

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ada Urbaniak reflects on the pressures and strains of secondary school academia and life… Speculation rose through the classroom days before the official announcement: that schools would soon close all across England in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

New Poets Prize Winners 2020

We are utterly delighted that 17-year-old Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers, and 18-year-old Lauren Hollingsworth Smith of Rotherham Young Writers, are both winners of the international New Poets Prize 2020 – for their pamphlets ‘Takeaway’ and Ugly Bird’. Both have been part of the Hive network for several years and also attend Hive’s Poetry Collective.  

Every Little Helps – Isabel Hawksworth

Since the panic buying of early March has relaxed – when Britons spent a whopping 60 million extra in supermarkets – shelves are back to being stocked and you can even get pasta and tinned tomatoes again. But what’s the current reality of supermarket essential services?

How Far Is Too Far? Isabelle Osborne

Track & Trace in the Time of Pandemics…Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, countries across the world have reacted to reducing its spread and devastation in dramatically different ways…

Spring News…

Greetings from Hive HQ! Just a little update celebrating a few bits of good news (and let’s face it we need all the good news we can get right now!) and a few reminders… Firstly, the last bit of amazing goodness to happen before lockdown – Sheffield Young Writer Niamh Brownhill is the 2020 BBC Young Reporter National Gold Winner!

FREE online interactive creative writing workshop for 14-19s in Sheffield

14 to 19 from in or around Sheffield? Interested in creative writing and entering competitions but don’t know where to start? If this sounds like you (and you don’t already participate in Hive network groups) then we’d LOVE to hear from you to get…

Minding How You Go

For many of us struggling with our mental wellbeing, the worst thing we can be is isolated with our own thoughts for too long – under any circumstances. So, while we’re socially distancing, now is the time to get some space from the demons in our heads too…

Home Front non-fiction commission

Calling budding young writers, thinkers and fledgling journalists… We’re excited to introduce Home Front, a micro-commission writing opportunity for young people aged 15 to 30 in South Yorkshire. Home Front seeks interesting non-fiction articles and opinion pieces on any topic responding, directly or indirectly, to the current world we find….

Hive Young Writers Competition 2020

Hive Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14-30, from across the whole of Yorkshire and nearby…In these days of uncertainly for us all, with unexpected time on our hands, we’ve brought back our Yorkshire-wide young and emerging writers competition as an outlet to channel creative energy…

Our groups are online!

Hello! Just a quick note to say… we are running our regular group creative writing sessions online for the time being. If you’re a young person, 14 to 30 in South Yorkshire, we have a number of sessions happening for different ages and areas. Just get in touch with your name, age, where you’re based and your writing interests…

A message of support

Hello to all of our members, to everyone who’s been involved with us over the years, and to new people who might have found us after looking for something to do. We want to wish everyone wellness, calmness, and safety right now. Although our usual Hive activities are on hold, we are…