Hive Poetry Sessions

Hive Poetry is a monthly poetry workshop for young people 18 to 25 yrs (or thereabouts) from across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley… Write poems, read poems, enjoy poems, get ideas& feedback, hear about opps and be inspired by others who buzz off the same thing in a relaxed atmosphere. This workshop is there to keep you in your creative groove!

surfing the twilight Hive anthology is here!

Our new young wrier’s anthology, surfing the twilight is here and available to buy! This wonderfully moving and diverse anthology showcases 79 works of poetry, short story and flash — the work of a whopping 73 young and emerging writers in the region including award winners Warda Yassin, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, Ciah White and Georgie Woodhead. It also celebrates the winners of…

Congratulations Lauren Hollingsworth Smith winner of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award!

Huge congratulations are in order to 17-year-old Lauren Hollingsworth Smith of Rotherham Young Writers – one of the 15 winning poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2019! The top 15 poets and 85 commended poets who are winners of this year’s Foyle Young Poets Award were announced at…

Young Writers’ Open Mic & Anthology Launch 30th Oct

We’re calling you … young people (14-30s) 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.

Georgie Woodhead BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Georgie Woodhead, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award with First Story and Cambridge University. Georgie’s story Jelly-headed, described as ‘a comic, quirky and ultimately tragic story of two friends, a night out and a lightning strike that brings devastation. A story about..

Mixing Roots showcase – with Warda Yassin and Guests

Mixing Roots showcase… A poetry performance celebrating young women, their creativity and cultures. Join local Somali Poet and winner of the New Poets Prize 2018, Warda Yassin, guest poets, and young women from the Mixing Roots writing project.

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.

The Youth Word Up 2019 with Vanessa Kisuule

It’s that time of year again for the Youth Word Up – working with young people’s services in Sheffield & South Yorkshire. Local young people will perform pieces written during workshops with Hive, sharing their experiences and hopes. Sharing the stage with the young performers are young writers from Hive and headline poet and slam champion, Vanessa Kisuule…

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…