Beth Davies is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022!

We are delighted for Hive young poet Beth Davies who is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2022 – for her debut pamphlet collection ‘The Pretense of Understand’. Beth started out in the network as a member of Sheffield Young Writers where she began to develop her love for poetry. It’s been so lovely to see Beth grow over the years and we know this is the beginning of a long, rich adventure as a talented published poet….

Our Streets Unmasked Podcast Stories

Streets Unmasked commissioned seven stories in three parts, asking young and emerging writers to write pieces that reflected the changing faces, real and imagined, of the places we live as they took off their masks and woke from their lockdown slumber…

Ghost Town by Rebecca Payne

Streets Unmasked: Things must be bad when even York’s ghosts are noticing! Rebecca Payne explores the relationships and the brilliantly comic dynamics of the dead who are struggling to live without the living…

Merchantgate Bus Stop by Cristina Rizzo

Streets Unmasked: A poetic dance through York: located around Merchantgate bus stop on three different dates showing us three very different faces. We’ve all been changed, in some ways, by lockdown – Cristina Rizzo magnificently shows us we’re not the only ones to take our masks off and find ourselves… different.

Beth Davies Wins Magdalena 2022 Second Prize

Congratulations to Beth Davies who’s won second prize in the Magdalena Young Poets’ Prize 2022 for her poem ‘The Garden at William Street’, selected by poet Gboyega Odubanjo, who said “with sure-footed confidence [the poet] is able to skip from one world into the next.”

Fiction writers get in touch…

We have recently come to an end of our fabulous fiction programme with the wonderful Rachel Bower! By all accounts, and the selection of lovely feedback below, it’s been a really enriching and supportive programme for all, and we know that people are itching for more! We wanted to take this opportunity to put out the feelers ahead of anything planned…

Ten Poems about… Candlestick Press

We’re thrilled that a third poem from our Wild Poetry anthology has recently been published in the delightful Ten Poems About series from Candlestick Press…

Digital Residencies with The Poetry Business

We’re very excited to announce, Hive have teamed up again with northern nurturers and purveyors of fine contemporary poetry, The Poetry Business, as part of their Digital Poetry Residences programme. ..

Hive Competition Results 2021/22

Congratulations to winning and commended young writers aged 14 to 30 from across the nearby north who submitted wonderful work spanning short story, flash fiction and poetry. If you entered the competition and weren’t placed in the list below, don’t be disheartened. Keep writing! We’re looking forward to hearing from you again next time.

Barnsley Young Writers at The Civic

Calling young people aged 14-19 in the Barnsley area… Like creative writing? Like photography too? (Not essential!) Want to join something fun and creative with others who share the same interests? If so, join us at the new Barnsley Young Writers! (FREE!) We’re looking for aspiring young writers to join our new monthly group….

A Poetry Week at Lumb Bank by Freya Bantiff

As someone with very little concept of time, my week at Arvon unfolded in a blur of exciting happenings – one second, I was hopping onto a train from Sheffield (I hadn’t been on a train since pre-Covid times so even that seemed moderately exciting!), the next I was entering a secreted world, hidden amongst the woods, of people who shared the same passion for writing as me…

Reclaiming Robin Hood

I’m Ashely Gregory, an emerging young scriptwriter, and I had the honour of writing a chapter in a new book entitled, Reclaiming Robin Hood, celebrating folklore and South Yorkshire’s legendary outlaw. The project was part of the Sensoria Film and Music Festival and my involvement in the project came about through an internship with them through Sheffield Hallam University in 2019…

All Reytons

Songwriting competition coming soon for tickets to see The Reytons at Magna in May! We just want to say a massive, yes lads! to The (mighty) Reytons for their absolutely stellar debut album – Kids Off the Estate. This is true musical craft, DIY in-it-for-the-long-haul graft, northern songwriting at its finest…

Poetry free reads & mentoring support

Hive is offering a number of free reads, feedback & mentorship support to young poets [aged 17 to 30 years] who are at a stage where they are getting ready to send their work out into the world for a pamphlet submission…

Hive poets at Rotherham Civic for Off the Shelf Festival

Such a lovely evening on Friday at Off the Shelf Festival of Words at the beautiful Rotherham Civic.  Hive poets Safia Khan & Freya Bantiff performed wonderful sets alongside the brilliant Caroline Bird and Otis Mensah. If you haven’t been to Rotherham Civic, you really need to go. It’s such a gorgeous theatre with great staff and so welcoming…

Young Writers Groups

We’re looking for new members! (from autumn 2021) If you’re a secret scribbler, vocal wordsmith, closet novelist or part-time poet, Hive runs a network of young writers groups in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Our groups meet once a fortnight for 2-hour workshops during term time on a weekday eve…

Poetry & performance workshop for young people in Rotherham

Calling young people aged 14 to 21 in Rotherham, like creative writing or want to build confidence to read your work to an audience? Then come along to the wonderful Rotherham Civic Theatre for a workshop all things poetry writing & spoken word (and maybe performing, but you decide!) Through the workshop, you’ll build your writing confidence while…

Muslim Girls Creative Writing Rotherham

Are you aged 14 to 19 and from the Muslim community in Rotherham? Do you like creative writing and want the chance to write about what interests you? Want to be part of a special project and have your writing published?

The Perks of Young Adult Fiction – Young Writers Day with YA writer Paula Rawsthorne

Hive Young Writers’ Day: Writing young adult fiction that flies off the page – with award-winning Young Adult fiction writer Paula Rawsthorne. 30th Oct 10.30am – 4pm, Sheffield | Drawing on the strengths and driving elements of this genre, join multi-award-winning writer, Paula Rawsthorne, for a day of writing and exploring all things Young Adult fiction. From finding inspiration for stories to pitches and plotting.

Brave New Words Podcast

Brave New Words was a programme of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring a new way of looking at the world, post-pandemic, and ourselves in it. This is a podcast of a selection of the work produced…

Children’s Books North interview

We were delighted to do an interview recently for Children’s Books North (co-founded by Tilda Johnson, Emma Layfield and Liz Scott in 2020). CBN aims to connect published children’s authors, illustrators and publishing professionals living in the NW, NE, Yorkshire and Scotland….

Happiness & Other Poems

It was lovely to be part of the open mic launch of Happiness & Other Poems yesterday with St Leger Homes of Doncaster, a publication of fine work written during Hive workshops with young people and adults as part of Keeping Safe Week Doncaster run by St Leger Homes of Doncaster and the mighty Stacey Lynn…

New Poets Pamphlets 2020

We are so excited that the New Poets Prize 2020 winners’ pamphlets are now available to purchase from Smith|Doorstop bookshop and other outlets…

The Canalworks Project with Mixing Roots

What a wonderful weekend of poetry on the canal! On Saturday, young writers from the Mixing Roots project joined Warda Yassin for an exciting poetry workshop on a canal boat in Swinton. Warda is currently collecting inspiration for a poem she’s writing to be displayed along the canal later this year…

Safia Khan wins New Poets Prize 2021

We are so thrilled for Hive young poet Safia Kahn who is a winner of the international New Poets Prize 2021 – for her debut pamphlet collection ‘Too Much Mirch’. Safia started out in the network as a member of Doncaster Young Writers when…

Congratulations to Beth Davies – The Dead Cat Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Beth Davies of Hive Poetry Collective, and Sheffield Young Writers alumnus, whose poem We Met You as a Dead Thing came second in The Dead Cat Poetry Prize…

Longley Park Workshops

If you’re a Longley Park Sixth Form student, you can sign up for one of three creative writing workshop through the day on Wednesday 16th June working with our current Sheffield poet laureate Warda Yassin and Vicky Morris from Hive Young Writers network.

Young Poet Network Challenges

Congratulations to Hive’s Erik Ruder commended in the August Young Poet’s Network Challenge Re-mixing History, Fiction and the Unexpected, and Dillon Butt longlisted in the Human Cell Atlas Challenge!
Thanks to the Poetry Society|Young Poet’s Network for your thoughtful and inspiring challenges!

Our Streets: Unmasked

Commission Opportunity… Calling budding fiction writers! We’re excited to offer a fiction writing commission to a small number of young writers (aged 17 to 30) inspired by documenting and exploring the changing faces of the places we live as they take off their masks and wake from their lockdown slumber.

Hive & Sheffield Year of Reading 2020

One of things we love to do the most at Hive is reach out and work with great partners. In 2020 Hive’s own Nik Perring has been enjoying the role of Writer-in-Residence for Sheffield Libraries’ Year of Reading…