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SLAMBARZ The Challange 2022: At the Youth Word Up | Calling young rappers, hip-hop heads and audience urban music lovers from across Sheffield, South Yorkshire and the nearby north! Join us for a night of rap, lyricism &…. Thursday 10th Nov 7-10pm | Leadmill, Sheffield

Spit out your Script! With Stacey Sampson

Got a great idea for a script, but aren’t sure how to get it onto the page? Or are you seeking inspiration to get started? Perhaps you want tips and tricks for sending your scripts out into the world? Join inspirational Sheffield actor and theatre/screen-writer Stacey Sampson to explore the myriad ways IN to getting your script ideas OUT…

Spit out your Script!

Got a great idea for a script, but aren’t sure how to get it onto the page? Or are you seeking inspiration to get started? Perhaps you want tips and tricks for sending your scripts out into the world? Join inspirational Sheffield actor and theatre/screen-writer Stacey Sampson to explore the myriad ways IN to getting your script ideas OUT….

Dream Big Book Launch

Hosted by Hive’s The1Devotion, this event launches the latest print anthology of spoken word by Sheffield’s creative voice and influence groups for care-experienced young people aged 7-25 years: Sheffield Children in Care Council (CiCC) and Sheffield Care Leaver’s Union (SCLU).  This second anthology…

If Buildings Could Speak

A summer creative writing workshop for ages 14-19 in Barnsley Thurs 18 Aug | 1:30pm – 4pm | Free | What would buildings or streets tell us if they could speak? What have they seen and what have they heard? What tales would they tell us, and what do they observe about us strange humans who move through them?

Thank you! Leadmill open mic & launch…

Last Thursday evening, we filled the iconic Leadmill Sheffield with an epic 60 young performers scanning poetry, monologues, rap, music and words, words words, for an epic open mic and the launch of two Hive anthologies…

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards

The World as a Trampoline: Poetry & the Surreal with Jonathan Edwards | Sat 23rd July | One of the most exciting things about poetry is the way it allows us to unleash the full power of the imagination, bringing to life fantastical, impossible and magical scenarios. On this writing day, we will explore…

Young Voices Open Mic 14th July

Young Writers’ Open Mic (aged 14-30) The Leadmill, Thursday 14 July – All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-30) from across South Yorkshire. Open and supportive of all, both new & experienced performers. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, sing, play an instrument, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to an encouraging audience…

Young Voices Open Mic 14th July

Young Writers’ Open Mic (aged 14-30) The Leadmill, Thursday 14 July – All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-30) from across South Yorkshire. Open and supportive of all, both new & experienced performers. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, sing, play an instrument, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to an encouraging audience…

Ode to the modern Ode Poem

A workshop open to young poets aged 15-30 in the north | Sunday 6th Feb 12 to 2.15pm on Zoom Join us, and prize-winning poets, Vanessa Lampert, and Vicky Morris (Hive), for a fast-paced poetry writing workshop exploring the delights and wit of the modern ode…

Hive Online Fiction Programme with Rachel Bower

If you’re a new or emerging short story writer, or novelist, keen to refresh or develop skills, Hive is running an online fiction programme on Thursday evenings from 10th February, offering a supportive and immersive set of six workshops and individual feedback to help, inspire and guide you to getting where you want to go with your writing. Join award-winning fiction writer Rachel Bower, for all things furthering your fiction, and…

Easter writing workshops for 14-19s in Barnsley

Aged 14-19 in the Barnsley area? Like creative writing? Hive have teamed up with The Civic Barnsley again and we’re looking for aspiring young writers to join us this Easter for creative writing workshops to tie in with an exciting new exhibition coming to The Civic Barnsley – Teenage Wildlife: a project exploring 70 years of Barnsley youth culture and teenage experience….

Truth to Power Project

On Friday 25th February we launched an anthology featuring the voices of 57 young people in Rotherham. The book includes a selection of wide-ranging and creative responses from young people (aged 13 to 25) across Rotherham to the question of who, or what, has power over them. Their words reflect some of the joys, amusements, and difficulties of young lives – angry, defiant, funny, emotive and impactful…

Thank You Youth Word Up 10th birthday!!

We just want to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in the 10th birthday of the Youth Word Up last night and every young person who took to the stage bravely and brilliantly. We all found it an emotional evening with many returning from over the years to show how the Youth Word Up has impacted their lives for the better including….

Hive at Off the Shelf Festvial

It’s that time of year again! Off the Shelf Festival of Words is underway from Friday 15th to 31st October with events online and in the real world. As always, Hive is honoured to be onboard across a number of fabulous events.  Below is a taster of what to expect, events with Hive or hive writers, but there are many more events and happenings all things words to feast on here in the Off the Shelf Programme…

Hive Young Writers’ Competition 2021/22

A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire & the nearby north. Poetry | Flash Fiction | Stories Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 30 Deadline: midnight 30th December 2021 (Individual & group/classes entries welcome)

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…

Youth Word Up 10th Birthday!

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Performance: Young people and poet Joelle Taylor. Event: 21st Oct 2021 | 7.30 – 9.30pm – Venue Sheffield city centre TBC. Free event. Register here…

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…

The Snow Grows Whiter

The Snow Grows Whiter: Painting the World Anew through Poetry with Vanessa Lampert – In the words of poet, Charles Simic ‘The snow grows whiter after a crow has flown over it’. How can the poet paint our world anew and turn up the brightness or amplify the dark? How can we write the crow, or be the crow?

Creative writing at Harrison College Doncaster

It’s been so much fun and so insightful holding the huge majority of our workshops and groups online over this past year – we’ve opened the door to loads of new writers and we’ve loved finding new ways of working – both for us at Hive, and for the writers taking part…

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…

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.

Canalworks Project

Calling people of Sheffield and nearby with an interest in the stretch of canal between Sheffield and Tinsley – whether you live nearby, like to walk there, love wildlife and water, or are interested in its history – join Sheffield Poet Laureate, Warda Yassin, for a jaunt along the canal and a bit of creative writing and thinking along the way!

Write for TV Opportunity for 18-30s

Calling young creatives 18 to 30 in Rotherham and nearby South Yorkshire… Do you want to try WRITING FOR TV? Sky Writes is a partnership between Sky Studios and New Writing North to support under-represented writers from Rotherham, and the nearby areas, to develop their ideas and skills in Writing for Television. Taster workshop 26th April 6pm

Writing One-page Wonders

Writing One-page Wonders: Stories in the blink of an eye… (Sunday 18th April) Imagine writing a story as tiny as a sparrow. A story that lands on your hand for a few seconds before taking off again — but leaves your skin tingling for ages afterwards. That’s what flash fiction is all about. Flashes are very short stories that often fit only a page, but stay in your head for years.

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.

WordHatch Doncaster

Aged 14 to 19 in Doncaster with a creative itch to scratch!? WordHatch is a taster programme of relaxed, fun and free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster. You don’t have to think you’re a great writer to attend. Everyone is welcome from….

Lauren at Kendal Poetry Festival

We’re delighted that Hive young poet, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, is reading from her debut upcoming poetry pamphlet, Ugly Bird (The Poetry Business) at the Kendal Poetry Festival on Saturday 28th February alongside fellow New Poet Prize winners Lucy Holt and Gboyega Odubanjo….

Hive Online Fiction programme

Hive Fiction programme for writers (17-30s) – take your writing to the next level. Writing can be a lonely and a tricky business to navigate, whether you’re starting out or have been at it a while. It’s difficult to know where to get feedback, or if what you’re writing makes the grade. And then there’s what to do with a story once you’ve finished…

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…

Using Philosophical Enquiry to Spark Creative Writing

How can philosophical inquiry lead to creativity, and particularly, new writing ideas and approaches? Join us for a practical workshop with writer and facilitator, Rosie Cornall, who will encourage you to try out philosophical techniques, sparked by creative writing, to open up new channels for your own writing…

Putting together a poetry pamphlet masterclass

Are you a young poet in Yorkshire or the nearby north between the ages of 17 and 30? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize, the Poetry Business pamphlet competition or another submission, but feel unsure how to go about it?

Dear 2021, The Start of It…

Many of us will be haunted by the ghosts of 2020 – the strangest of years. We’re giving you the opportunity, the voice, and the audience to put them to bed. Letters to 2021 takes the spirit of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and challenges you to exorcise the ghosts of 2020 by writing a letter to Donald Trump, the universe, Santa, the future – to someone or everyone, telling us what you want to change and the whys and hows…

The Can in Can’t Anthology

We’re delighted to have been a part of, (and just launched!) a wonderful partnership project for – The Can in Can’t, a new anthology of writing by young people from the Sheffield Children in Care Council and the Care Leavers’ Union…

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…

Brave New Words Doncaster

Aged 14-18? Or 19 to 30? Brave New Words is a series of free creative writing workshops for young people in Doncaster exploring Roy’s idea of stepping into a new way of looking at the world, and ourselves in it, through writing….

Hive at Sheaf Poetry Festival 2020

From 19th to 23rd Nov it’s… the Sheaf Poetry Festival 2020! And we’re very excited to be part of the action! It was such a brilliant festival last year, we…

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.

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…

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…

Writing poetry about people with Jonathan Edwards

Join us for a special Sheaf Poetry Festival Hive masterclass 22nd Nov with award-winning Welsh poet, Jonathan Edwards, and be inspired by a wide range of great people-populated poems – exploring what gives them the pulse, the nub, the heart that captures the weird, sad, tender and wonderful aspects of being humans…

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…

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.

FREE online interactive experimental writing workshop

Interested in being experimental with creative writing? 18-30 in Yorkshire or nearby? If this sounds like you, then join, poet Vicky Morris, for a fun workshop exploring ideas about writing in experimental ways.

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…

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…

The Hive New Writers Prize

Hive have teamed up with Sheffield Year of Reading on this fab competition offering writers and non-writers of all ages a creative outlet over the next few months….

Exploring Fiction

Open to all 18-30s interested in writing or publishing any forms of fiction | All levels and experience welcome | FREE | Wednesday 4th March
Sheffield’s Year of Reading writer in residence, Nik Perring, shares tips, tricks, and industry hints, covering all aspects of writing fiction (short story, novella, novel). There’ll be exercises to generate ideas, ways to expand and improve what you already have, and how to….

Poetry Edit Surgery

Crafting a great poem isn’t just in the writing, it’s often in the editing (and sometimes even more so!) Part workshop, edit tips and tricks session, part working on editing your own work, join poet, Vicky Morris, for a session open to all young and emerging writers who want to polish their poems for gleaming arrival into the world!

Hive Young Creatives Barnsley Half term sessions

Are you aged 14 –21 and interested in creative writing, contemporary art or design? If so, this series of free workshops is for you! Work with professional writers and artists and have a go at producing creative writing (and maybe even drawing) inspired by current exhibitions at Barnsley Civic exploring mental health, portraiture and domestic rebellion through….

Young Poets Writers’ Day: Putting together a pamphlet

Are you a young poet in Yorkshire or Derbyshire between the ages of 17 and 30? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize, or the Poetry Business pamphlet competition, but feel unsure how to go about it?

Lydia Allison darts residency farewell

Lydia Allison was Young Poet in Residence at The Point, home of Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS) from December 2018 to July 2019. The aim of the residency was to write new work, and engage local adults in creative writing, inspired by three exhibitions in the gallery at The Point: Artist Rooms: Bill Viola, Quirkus and Scribble, Doodle & Draw. The project culminated in…

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.

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…

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…

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

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!)

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….

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…

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…

Ideas of Britishness

Emerging young writers from Hive are currently working with writer Desiree Reynolds on a set of commissioned poems for filmmaker Eelyn Lee, exploring their idea of Britishness and identity. A selection of the work with be featured in a film Eelyn is making for FURD (Football Unites Racism Divides), exploring these ideas through poetry and interviews…

Culture Cinema

Free Culture Cinema at Burngreave Library | Come and get creatively inspired! | Calling young people 12-19 in the Burngreave, Fire Vale, Firth Park & nearby areas of Sheffield – this half term, come to Burngreave Library for FREE cinema showings (& popcorn!) and to hear more and sign up for creative workshops happening through Nyara Collective at the library.

Hatch Reads Scheme

Free Reads & Feedback to young writers (17 to 30 years) Hive is offering a number of Free Reads & Feedback to young writers (17 to 30 years) for fiction, script and poetry manuscripts/portfolios who are at a stage where they have a specific goal for sending out their work (such as particular submissions, awards, or competitions)….

Building Brave New Worlds

Building Brave New Worlds – with novelist & historical fiction writer Tim Leach | Sat 9th Feb 2019 – 10.30am – 4 pm |Open to 14 – 25yr. Building a world in fiction is only the beginning – the next challenge is making that world live, breathe, and move. In this day of workshops and exercises, you’ll look at how to go beyond a basic idea for a world, how to plan, structure, and draft larger projects through pacing, flow, and an understanding of the shape of stories. 

Spoken word & poetry workshop Burngreave

Free spoken word & poetry workshops – for young people 12-15yrs in Burngreave and nearby areas of Sheffield | 10.30-12.30pm Monthly Saturdays start 2nd Feb 2019 at Burngreave Library. All welcome. Relaxed and fun. Poetry, beats, rhythm, lyrics whatever you’re into! Run by writer & singer, Danae Wellington (Nyara Collective) for young people (12-15yrs) in the Burngreave and surrounding areas of Sheffield.

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…

Off the Shelf Festival workshops for young women

During the Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2018, writers Stacey Sampson and Warda Yassin led Hive community workshops with young women aged, 14 to 24, around empowerment and voice….

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…

Hive Fiction programme

Hive Fiction programme for writers (18-30s) – take your writing to the next level If you’re an aspiring short story writer, or novelist, keen to take your craft to the next level, Hive is running a monthly fiction programme offering a year-long set of workshops providing the help and guidance to get to where you want to be… deadline 31st Oct 2018

Moor Mother & Hive young writers

What better way to kick off the autumn than with the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival in Mexborough!? And we’re very excited that 10 young writers from Hive will be performing alongside the amazing Afro-futurist, Moor Mother, all the way from Philly USA for this Friday’s opening event…

Poetic narratives for performance with Andy Craven-Griffiths

Poetic narratives for performance – Sat 6th Oct – with poet & playwright Andy Craven Griffiths | Hive Young Writers’ Day in partnership with Off the Shelf. Write poetic narratives for performance with poet & playwright Andy Craven-Griffiths. Learn how to write work to be spoken as a satisfying story, and how to deliver with rhythm and (optional) rhyme. This is a workshop for writers of any form, at any….

Hive Verse Matters with Warda Yassin

This Verse Matters comes to you in conjunction with the wonderful Off the Shelf Festival of Words and Hive South Yorkshire. There’ll be featured performances from New Poets Prize 2018 winner and Sheffield based Somali poet, Warda Yassin, and guests (TBC), and open mic performances from young and emerging writers.

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…

Young Writers’ Open Mic & anthology launch

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 out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words, ideas and talents in a warm atmosphere. We’ll also be launching a bumper Hive anthology including the winners of our recent competition.

Alternative Theatre with Andy Cook

Alterative Theatre – knocking down the 4th wall & other creative vandalism | Does a play have to start with a huge script, or can one be written on the spot in less than 20 minutes? What happens if your actors don’t pretend they can’t see the audience? And how do you set a play in a staircase? Or down a phone? Or, what if your audience are the ones that have to do the acting!?

Young Writers’ Competition Results 2017/18

We are delighted to announce the results of our inaugural Young Writer’s Competition! Open to young writers aged 14 to 25 across the South Yorkshire region, the competition spanned short story, flash fiction and poetry. We were amazed to receive a whopping 250+ entries, for this our first ever competition, which…

An introduction to writing for stage & radio with Char March

Do you have an interest in script writing but feel unsure where to start? Want to understand the differences between writing for stage and writing for radio? Or how to script great characters and storylines? If so, join multi-award-winning playwright and poet, Char March, to explore all things script.

Young Poets Writers’ Day: Putting together a pamphlet

Are you a young poet in South Yorkshire, between the ages of 17 and 24? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize, but feel unsure how to go about it?

Arvon bursary opportunity for performance writers interested in facilitating creative writing

Calling young writers of poetry, theatre, or performance, 18-28 living in South Yorkshire & interested in develop skills in facilitation &the teaching of creative writing. Hive has teamed up with national creative writing charity, Arvon to offer two 90% bursaries for…

Young People’s Open Mic 30th Oct

All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-25) from across South Yorkshire. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words and talents in a warm atmosphere.

SLAM BARz Off the Shelf Challenges

GOT BARz?? Slam Barz is a supportive South Yorkshire wide event for young emerging urban lyricists and rappers (aged 14 to 25) to come and show your skills through an open mic or by competing in a SLAM BARz 2017 challenge…

The Youth Word Up 2017

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words | Performance: Young people and poet Toria Garbutt | Events: 26th Oct 2017 -The Hubs, Sheffield | Free event. To book here click

When Aliens Write Poetry with Gavin Hudson

Drawing on the work and ideas of American poet Jack Spicer, and WB Yeats, you are invited to contact your inner ‘alien’ and write through ‘transmissions’ from the outside as Spicer saw it.You, might even meet…

Performance Theatre with Khadijah Ibrahiim 28th Oct

Write for performance and improve your confidence, stage presence, and delivery with poet and playwright Khadijah Ibrahiim. Khadijah combines art forms to re-imagine poetry as performance theatre. “One of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets.” (BBC).

SLAM BARz

24th August: GOT BARz?? Slam Barz is a supportive citywide event for young emerging urban lyricists and rappers to come and show their skills through an open mic or by competing in a SLAM BARz 2017 challenge.
Hip hop, grime, old school, lyrical word play, all styles welcome.

South Asian mehfil, Doncaster

In March, Cast Theatre in Doncaster approached Hive to see if we’d like to collaborate on an open mic ‘mehfil’ (the name for an Indian gathering of entertainment), during the Alchemy South Asian Arts Festival taking place at the theatre in June. The focus would be South Asian young voices…

Poetry workshop & talk with James Giddings

Hive Young Writers’ Afternoon with poet James Giddings | Finding poetry in unexpected places – Talk, reading & workshop Saturday 24th June | James Giddings is a 26 year old poet based in…

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.

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…

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

Young Writers’ Open Mic

Hive Verse Matters Young Writers’ Open Mic
When: Thurs 23 Feb | 7.30pm – 10pm
Where: Theatre Delicatessen, the Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PF

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

The Youth Word Up 2018

Hive delivered poetry and spoken word workshops with young people through the Community Young Teams (CYT) and the Youth Offending Service (YJS). A selection of work from the project was…

The Youth Word Up 2016

Hive delivered poetry and spoken word workshops with young people through the Community Young Teams (CYT) and the Youth Offending Service (YJS). A selection of work from the project was…

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…

Poetry, page & stage 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…