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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…