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.

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.

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…

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…

Defining Britishness

When I was first introduced to the concept of filmmaker Eelyn Lee’s documentary, I must admit, I was terrified. The scope of what it means to be British was, and still is, such a broad, daunting idea to me – which is why I immediately said yes to the offer…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Young Writers’ Groups

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. News Flash: Hive groups accept new members all year round but we are…

My week at Arvon Lumb Bank

In December 2017, I was lucky enough to go on a writing retreat in the far reaches of West Yorkshire. A place unfamiliar to me that would be my home for the next week. Arvon was like another world. Here’s a little about my experience and why other young writers might consider an Arvon course in the future.

An interview with poet, Peter Sansom

To my left sits Peter Sansom, veteran poet, editor and Co-director of The Poetry Business, sipping a mug of tea. It feels surreal. Having been taught by him for 4 days now, I have so many questions I want to ask. Luckily, he’s all ears, smiles and some great insights and advice about poetry.

Slam Barz 2017

In August and October 2017, Hive supported young spoken word poet, Dominic Heslop with Slam Barz – a supportive South Yorkshire wide event for young first time and emerging urban lyricists and rappers (aged 14 to 25) to come and show their skills through an open mic or by competing in a Slam Barz 2017 challenge…

Wild Poetry Anthology on sale now!

We are excited to say, our first young poet’s anthology is here and available to buy! Wild poetry brings together poetry written by young people, aged from 14 to 25, in celebration of the beauty, mystery and importance of native UK wild plants, flowers, trees and fungi. The poems have been written in…

Congratulations to Eloise Unerman – Winner of the Cuckoo Northern Writers Award 2017

We are delighted that Eloise Unerman of Rotherham Young Writers has won the prestigious Northern Writers – Cuckoo Award 2017! Eloise from Goldthorpe in Barnsley, had just turned 17 when she applied for the award which is open to young writers from 14 to 18 from across the North…

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…

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!