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.

Poetry workshop for young people of South Asian heritage in Doncaster (16-25)

Calling young people of South Asian heritage (16 to 25yrs) in Doncaster who’d like to try something new and empowering in the form of poetry & spoken word! Workshop: Saturday 29th April at Cast in Doncaster, 2 to 4pm.

Interview with horror writer, Simon Bestwick

So, you’re a horror writer, how did your journey take shape? I think the horror was always there. I always liked those kind of stories. There’s a lot of overlap with horror and other areas of literature. And I grew up watching Doctor Who and a lot of science fiction and horror too. My granddad had this fantastically huge book called…

Interview with Anthony Anaxagorou

It’s not every day you get to interview one of your writing heroes, let alone someone you’ve watched, (or should I say listened to), obsessively on YouTube in the months leading up to meeting them. I have to confess, I binge watch spoken word (in breaks from homework, of course!), and British born Cypriot heritage poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, is a favourite of mine. Anthony’s work and voice…

Congratulations – Hear My Voice

A huge congratulations to 16 year old Eloise Unerman from Goldthorpe who attends Hive’s Rotherham Young Writers, winner of 1st place in the Hear My Voice Poetry Competition on the theme of home judged by poet, Ian McMillian. And to Ellie Kilkenny, also 16, from Barnsley Young Writers who was commended. Nice work, great poems!

Arvon Hive Young Writers residential

Hive is excited to announce a week-long Arvon rural writing residential at the beautiful Arvon Lumb Bank Writing Centre, West Yorkshire, taking place this Easter (10th-15th April), and open to young writers who attend a Hive young writers group in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster…

The Arvon Tate Word Exchange

As a young writer of poetry, fiction and script based in Doncaster, I was thrilled at the opportunity to take part in the Arvon Word Exchange, a three-day writing residential at the innovative and arresting Tate Modern in London. The Exchange, led by Arvon in conjunction with Tate Exchange, and in partnership with Hive South Yorkshire and the Writing Squad, was…

Horror & Fantasy Writers’ Day – with Simon Bestwick & KT Davies

Love writing that makes the hairs on your arms stand on end? Or do you like to get lost in other fantasy worlds? Perhaps you’re just curious about genre fiction in general. If so, our February Writers’ Day is set to be a real treat with, not one, but, two brilliant genre writers…

Verse Matters Young Writers’ Open Mic

Hive Verse Matters Young Writers’ Open Mic
When: Thurs 1st Nov 7pm-10pm Ages: 14 to 25
Where: Theatre Delicatessen, Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QZ

Interview with poet, Helen Mort

As a young poet who is tentatively starting to get my work out there, I was delighted when Sheffield born poet, Helen Mort, agreed to do an interview with me recently for my Arts Award in Writing. I love Helen’s work, and I’m also inspired by how she has accomplished so much with it so young. Helen started taking her writing seriously in her early teens winning a…

Arvon Word Exchange at Tate Modern

Aged 18 to 25 and living in South Yorkshire? Do you like to write or express yourself with words?
Apply now to take part in The Word Exchange – a three-day intensive writing residency at London’s Tate Modern Switch House for emerging young writers, taking place 15-17 February 2017. The Word Exchange is programmed by Arvon, in conjunction with the Writing Squad and Hive South Yorkshire

Thanks from Hive in 2016….

Wow, what a start to Hive activity! We’ve had a very busy, buzzy autumn and are about to take stock and evaluate before we start planning activity for the new year! If you’re been involved in Hive this year, a big thank you for your support…

Hive’s first Verse Matters Open Mic

Voices from Hive Young Writers’ Groups…

It can be scary going to a creative writing group for the first time, especially as a young person. You might wonder things like…

Hive’s first workshop with Saju Ahmed

“It inspired me to write more about my own culture.” Wow, what a great afternoon on Tuesday! Hive’s first workshop delivered by spoken word poet, Saju Ahmed, and kindly hosted by Sheffield Hallam University. We had a huge diversity of young people rocking 16 languages between…

Spoken word poetry workshop with Saju Ahmed in Sheffield (FREE)

Calling young people, (14 to 21) from anywhere in South Yorkshire, come and write some spoken word poetry with spoken word poet, Saju Ahmed, who will tell you about his own journey with spoken word and help you build the confidence to speak your words to a live audience. No experience needed…

Letters to the Future Workshop (FREE)

For Teens, 14-19 yrs | Sat 15 Oct | Workshops at 1pm, or 3pm
Where: Grimm & Co, 2 Doncaster Gate, Rotherham
Calling 14 to 19s from across South Yorkshire – What would you say to your older self? To your…

Young Writers’ Open Mic

Where: Thurs 27 Oct | 7.30pm – 10pm Where: Theatre Delicatessen, the Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PF | FREE 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…

Hive Writers’ Day with Clare Shaw

Poetry, page and stage with Clare Shaw | When: Saturday 22nd October 2016 – from 10.30 to 4.30pm | We launch our regional Young Writers’ Day programme at this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words with poet and performer, Clare Shaw, described as…