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!)

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.

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. 

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

Hive Yorkshire Young Writers Competition

Hive Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition (FREE) Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 25 Deadline: 4th Jan 2019. Open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across Yorkshire. Enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 4th Jan 2019…

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’ 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

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).