Interview with Young Adult Fiction Writer Paula Rawsthorne

Sheffield Hallan University Creative Writing student, Lauren Wright, recently interviewed multi-award-winning young adult fiction writer Paula Rawsthorne about all things fiction. Paula chatted with Lauren about everything from how she found her way into becoming a writer, and what it’s been like working with publishers, to how she…

My Name is Adebiyi by Najma Ahmed

My Name is Adebiyi by Najma Ahmed | Read by Kenneth Omole | The following monologue started life in a workshop working with actor and writer John Rwoth-Omack. Hear from Adebiyi a street vendor in the city of Lagos. He’s had enough.

We Are Everything Chapbook from Mixing Roots

Recently we launched two amazing anthologies at an open mic event at the iconic Leadmill Sheffield. One of those anthologies was the chapbook We Are Everything, from our Mixing Roots project run by Warda Yasin & Danae Wellington…

Dear Life Anthology 2022

We are excited to say, Dear Life is now available to buy! This brilliantly inventive, powerful and vibrant anthology of poetry and short fiction showcases writing by the next generation of writers in the North. Many are members of Hive young writers’ groups or have attended Hive programmes and projects across the region. Some have been placed in our competitions. There’s also work from Hive award-winning writers: Beth Davies, Safia Khan, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, Naomi Thomas, Georgie Woodhead, Lacey Williamson and Warda Yassin….

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…

Winners of the Northern Writers Awards 2022

A huge congratulations to Hala Mukhair, Nefeli Frida and Isabelle Pollard who were all awarded Northern Writers Awards this year in 2022! Hala Mukhair, a grad of Hive’s Mixing Roots programme, was highly commended in the 15-18 Young Northern Writer Award. Judge, author Liz Flanagan, said of Hala’s work….

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…

Division Street by Morgan Westwood Cooke

Streets Unmasked: Morgan Westwood-Cook takes us on a gorgeous poetic meander through the beauty of a city waking from lockdown. As it stretches out of its quiet corners, it realises it is somewhat changed – but are its people?

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.

Inner Pieces by Eve Naden

Streets Unmasked: Let us take you by the hand and walk you through a York trying to wake up and find its feet. Delighting in the small details that show us so much, this York finds itself something different, something… new.

Bench Guy by Eliana Grundy

Streets Unmasked: Ever wondered just who that person you see every day is? Why they take that particular train or… sat on that particular bench through lockdown? Eliana Grundy dives into discovering who one of these strangers is, showing us that really, none of us are ever quite as alone as we think….

The Time Travel Log by Lucy-Jo Finnighan

Streets Unmasked: A rip-roaring yarn from Yarm, where an intrepid Victorian explorer falls into a curious time-slip – finding himself in a future he could never imagined. Where have all the people gone? And why all the masks…?

The Silent Disease by Ilona Galloway-Dutton

Streets Unmasked: A stunning piece of realism, examining the effects of lockdown on family – each generation with their own sets of problems.

Rotherham poem street art!

Exciting news! Yorkshire Day commissioned poem: ‘Our Rotherham’ (by poet Vicky Morris working with Rotherham Young Writers) will be displayed as part of the design for the Women’s Euros in Rotherham this July! We cannot wait to see sections of the large-scale poem winding their way through the streets, parks and hidden corners of Rotherham town. What better way than poetry…

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.”

We’re All in it Together Grist Books anthology

Congratulations to Charlotte Murray and Safia Khan who both have superb poems in the new Grist Books anthology We’re All in it Together: Poems for a DisUnited Kingdom. We’re All in it Together explores the fault lines of national and regional identity…

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.

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…

Trials of the Realm by Lauren Stabler

I wrote my first novel during the second lockdown of 2020 but the idea was born as I was writing my dissertation for the MA. I loved books like The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and The Testing (Joelle Charnonneau) but I wanted something a little bit older as I myself got older. And so, I wrote Trials of the Realm…

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…

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…

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…

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….

But Mummy Doesn’t Have a Broken Arm by Sam Davis

We’re delighted to tell you about Doncaster young poet, Sam Davis’ debut children’s book – But Mummy Doesn’t Have a Broken Arm, out now on Amazon. Sam, who attends Hive Poetry Collective and recently took part in the Brave New Words Doncaster project (in partnership with Doncaster Creates) wrote the book in the absence of finding anything suitable for children to read around understanding why a parent, or adult in their lives, might be in a mental health hospital…

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…

Lacey wins the Matthew Hale Award

We are delighted that Lacey Williamson of Barnsley Young Writers has won the Matthew Hale Northern Writers Award 2021. Lacey has had a difficult few years and this is such a boost to her confidence and growth as a young writer. She will receive a package of support from New Writing North to help develop her writing…

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….

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 Wales Young Poets Award 20/21

Congratulations to Anni Hodgkinson of Doncaster Young Writers, winner of the inaugural Wales Young Poets Award 2020 in the 14 to 17 age category…

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…

Michael Smith by Morgan Westwood-Cooke

PODCAST: A chance feature on the local news connects the dots a lonely schoolteacher has left out of place for years. A brilliant and illuminating study of how family trauma burrows deep and the ways we find to cope…

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…

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…

Dear 2021…

We’re delighted to be holding a copy of… Dear 2021! – The Start of It, a Sheffield Year of Reading Project (Sheffield Library Service) in association with the BBC’s Novels That Shaped Our World and Hive South Yorkshire. We’ve so enjoyed being part of this wonderful project and are proud to…

Warda wins Women Poets’ Prize

A huge congratulations to a long-time member of the South Yorkshire young writers network and a Hive young poet – Warda Yassin, who has just been announced as one of three winners of the Women Poets’ Prize 2020, alongside Alisha Dietzman and Natalie Linh Bolderston – congratulations to all!

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…

Young, Gifted & Black: A celebration of voices of African heritage

Young, Gifted & Black: A celebration of local young poets of African heritage. In collaboration with REMA, to celebrate Black History Month, we’ve a real treat for you! The Young, Gifted & Black podcast showcases the voices of up and coming local young poets of African heritage: Taina Maneus, Verta Lune, Warda Yassin, Danae Wellington and Sile Sibanda.

The Hatch Podcast

We’re excited to launch our all new Hive Podcast Channel! We’ve migrated to a new platform and have been busy uploading all sorts of fab archive content from the last few years of Hive. From interviews with inspiring writers, to projects, reading and performances, check out the Hatch Podcast – a place for the hatching of new voices, new…

Birdlife – a poetry podcast project

We’re flapping our wings with excitement right now, to bring you….Birdlife – a truly captivating poetry podcast project that saw a flock of talented young poets explore the boundless life of birds in a set of commissioned poems…

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…

Louisa Rhodes – Streetcake Prize Winner

Hive young writer Louisa Rhodes has been chosen by Jarred Mcginnis as 4th place winner in Streetcake’s Experimental Writing Prize (18-23 category) for her story heaven.exe_/run/. The announcement was made at Streetcake’s Awards ceremony…

Hive Young Writers’ Competition Results 2020

We are delighted to announce the results of our 2020 Young Writers’ Competition! Open to young writers aged 14 to 30 across the Yorkshire region, the competition spanned short story, flash fiction and poetry. We were amazed to receive…

Naomi Thomas BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Naomi Thomas, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award 2020 with First Story and Cambridge University. ‘The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ by Naomi Thomas: Described by judges as ‘a punch in the face of a story, in the best possible way,’ an ordinary commute on a crowded tube train is transformed into a surreal and darkly…

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…

She Will Soar Anthology

We’re delighted that New Poets Prize 2020 winner, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, at just 18 years old, will be published in a new anthology of female poets, alongside poems such as Carol Ann Duffy, Grace Nichols and Mary Jean Chan. She Will Soar (Pan MacMillan) edited and compiled by Ana Sampson is described as ‘A stunning book featuring 130 poems about wanderlust, freedom and escape written by women’. Due out on 17th September 2020.

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick – How Covid Changed My Perspective – As an almost 18-year-old suffering from chronic and mental illnesses, this lockdown was never going to be easy – throw in a mum and sister who are also health-compromised, a dog, two cats, a guinea pig, and a hedgehog, and you have one heck of a household – but what I didn’t see coming was how Covid could change my life for the better.

Hot Day in a Tesco Queue by Melanie Hopkins

Over the last few months, most of us have found ourselves at some point (perhaps even weekly) standing in a supermarket queue, possibly stretching around a car park, likely bored, and definitely itchy in a mask!
Que – our first audio monologue by Melanie Hopkins ‘Hot day in a Tesco Queue’ written as a lockdown commission. We’re planning to do more dramatic audio productions, and Melanie wanted to try her hand at a bit of comedy, so the stars were aligned to see what was possible!

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…

Orwell Youth Prize 2020 – congratulations!

We are delighted that Molly Hammerton from Rotherham Young Writers & Naomi Thomas of Sheffield Young Writers are both senior runners-up in the ORWELL YOUTH PRIZE 2020…

Congratulations to Naomi Thomas Northern Writers Award 2020

We are delighted that Naomi Thomas of Sheffield Young Writers has been Highly Commended in the Young Northern Writers Award 2020 for short fiction….

100 Days of Lockdown: A Disabled Writer’s Experience

At the time of writing, I have now been in the house for one hundred days (except for a hospital admission). These have been horror-filled weeks for many. The deaths of learning and physically disabled people have more than doubled since this time last year. As a disabled writer, how am I supposed to…

Me, Arvon & Claudia Jones

When I heard about the Arvon Writing for Performance with Communities retreat, I was so excited. It sounded like just what I was looking for – new ways to develop as a writer but also as a practitioner and facilitator of others…

Cultivating Gratitude in Uncertain Times

While all of these massive life adjustments are having many negative ramifications, the space lockdown has created away from our modern lives can give us access to unexpected silver linings hiding in the darkest of the quarantine clouds.

School’s Out – Ada Urbaniak

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ada Urbaniak reflects on the pressures and strains of secondary school academia and life… Speculation rose through the classroom days before the official announcement: that schools would soon close all across England in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Social Media to the Rescue – Jacob Waterall

Despite the unpredictability, emergency services have increased their presence across online social media platforms. This need to be visible and heard has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jacob Waterall takes a closer look at what having them in our newsfeeds means, and how we can all benefit from this digital outreach…

New Poets Prize Winners 2020

We are utterly delighted that 17-year-old Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers, and 18-year-old Lauren Hollingsworth Smith of Rotherham Young Writers, are both winners of the international New Poets Prize 2020 – for their pamphlets ‘Takeaway’ and Ugly Bird’. Both have been part of the Hive network for several years and also attend Hive’s Poetry Collective.  

Every Little Helps – Isabel Hawksworth

Since the panic buying of early March has relaxed – when Britons spent a whopping 60 million extra in supermarkets – shelves are back to being stocked and you can even get pasta and tinned tomatoes again. But what’s the current reality of supermarket essential services?

How Far Is Too Far? Isabelle Osborne

Track & Trace in the Time of Pandemics…Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, countries across the world have reacted to reducing its spread and devastation in dramatically different ways…

Spring News…

Greetings from Hive HQ! Just a little update celebrating a few bits of good news (and let’s face it we need all the good news we can get right now!) and a few reminders… Firstly, the last bit of amazing goodness to happen before lockdown – Sheffield Young Writer Niamh Brownhill is the 2020 BBC Young Reporter National Gold Winner!

Minding How You Go

For many of us struggling with our mental wellbeing, the worst thing we can be is isolated with our own thoughts for too long – under any circumstances. So, while we’re socially distancing, now is the time to get some space from the demons in our heads too…

From Stay-at-Home to Stuck-at-Home: a young mum’s lockdown story

Taping over the speaker of yet another Fisher Price instrument of torture, I’m momentarily envious of those in childless lockdown with all that free time – to create and knit and feed their sourdough starters. I’m also wondering, scanning the images I’ve uploaded of today’s cobbled together lessons: have I made a successful leap from stay-at-home mum to trapped-at-home teacher? Will my writing survive the endless demands of being a lockdown mum? And have I too learned anything in lockdown? 

A message of support

Hello to all of our members, to everyone who’s been involved with us over the years, and to new people who might have found us after looking for something to do. We want to wish everyone wellness, calmness, and safety right now. Although our usual Hive activities are on hold, we are…

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….

New Writing North’s: Hachette Writing for Children Roadshow

As a young aspiring novelist, when Hive told me about New Writing North’s Hachette Writing for Children Roadshow event in Sheffield, I was very keen to go along. I’m currently working on my second novel and all the information I’ve previously learned about publishing has come from…

surfing the twilight Hive anthology is here!

Our new young wrier’s anthology, surfing the twilight is here and available to buy! This wonderfully moving and diverse anthology showcases 79 works of poetry, short story and flash — the work of a whopping 73 young and emerging writers in the region including award winners Warda Yassin, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith, Ciah White and Georgie Woodhead. It also celebrates the winners of…

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…

Georgie Woodhead BBC Short Story Award Congratulations!

A massive congratulations to Sheffield Young Writer’s Georgie Woodhead, one of five shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Award with First Story and Cambridge University. Georgie’s story Jelly-headed, described as ‘a comic, quirky and ultimately tragic story of two friends, a night out and a lightning strike that brings devastation. A story about..

My Lumb Bank Arvon Week

I arrived by taxi down the single file road that lead to the Arvon, Lumb Bank writers residence. It was beautiful and remote and I felt so lucky; I never thought that I would be able to go on an Arvon course, but thanks to the amazing people at Hive I was there, and I was determined to…

My Week at The Hurst Arvon

My Week at The Hurst – Arvon Poetry Writing Course… My Arvon experience started with a breath-taking drive through Shropshire countryside among towering rhododendrons – a fitting start to a trip that just kept getting better.

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…

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…

An interview with Dan Powell

After working with short story writer, Dan Powell, when he came to Hive Young Writers’ Festival in 2018, I decided he would be the perfect person to interview for my Arts Award. Dan was great to work with and gave me loads of ideas and fresh ways to look at things. Here he talks to me about all things writing including…

Sheaf Poetry Festival Hivelights :)

Thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival and listen to the Hive showcase at Sheaf poetry festival… We want to say a big thank you to Sheaf Poetry Festival for a great festival this year and so many great…

Pop Up Portraits

Recently, at Hive Young Writers’ Festival, Warren Draper, with help from assistant Cameron, photographed writers of all ages, backgrounds and interested asking one single question – give me a word you’re into right now and why? Here’s the result! 

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….

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…

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…

Hive young writer Sile wins BBC Radio presenting contract!

We are beyond excited to congratulate young writer, performer, presenter and all-round creative talent, Sile Sibanda, who, at just 21 years old, has WON BBC Radio Sheffield’s THIS IS ME presenting job!! This couldn’t have happened to a more humble, nurturing, positive and hard working young woman. Sile is a joy to work with. When we saw the job we knew it was made for her. Sile has hosted various events for Hive and…

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…

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…

Gun Clap – discussions needed- by Danae Wellington & Warda Yassin

Whilst watching Dude, spotlit, afraid and under siege, I was taken back to memories of myself as a teenager, angry, displaced and ready to inflict the pain I had carried for so long on someone else. I was frustrated and tired of the abuse I was facing at home and in school. Insecurity and vulnerability led me to arming myself with a knife, aged 15, in the misguided hope that…

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….

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…

Introducing the Hatch programme

From September 2018, we are so pleased to have been granted funding from Arts Council England to pilot a new programme – Hatch – offering a number of next step opportunities for young and emerging writers from 18 to 30, including training and development opportunities and an enabling fund allowing emerging younger writers to progress their…

halfway smile – young writers anthology

We are excited to say, halfway smile is here and available to buy! This wonderfully moving and diverse anthology showcases 73 works of poetry, short story and flash, the work of a whopping 69 young and emerging writers in the region including award winners Warda Yassin, Eloise Unerman and Georgie Woodhead. It also celebrates the winners of our inaugural Hive Young Writers’ Competition…

Readings – Eloise Unerman Ledbury Festival 2018

At the end of June, Barnsley young poet, Eloise Unerman, who attends Rotherham Young Writers, had the exciting opportunity to be young poet in residence at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. As the winner of the young person’s category of the Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2017, Eloise was asked to…

Congrats Georgie!

We are delighted that Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers is one of two highly commended young writers in the prestigious Northern Writers –  Cuckoo Award 2018! Georgie from  had just turned 15 when she applied for the award, which is open to young writers from 14 to 18 from across the North of England.

Warda Yassin wins New Poets Prize

We are so delighted that Warda Yassin is a winner for the New Poets Award 2018! Along with three other young poets – Joe Carrick-Varty Tristram, Fane Saunders & Emma Jeremy, (congratulations to all!), Warda flies the flag for the North of England, and for both her Somali and English cultures which she combines so beautifully in her work.

Interview with author Richard Chizmar

Despite its many negatives, social media can be very useful. I found this out the day I sent Richard Chizmar a tweet asking to interview him. I was skeptical of receiving a response from the popular American author of Gwendy’s Button Box who has co-written with Stephen King. Imagine my surprise when he replied only two minutes later!

Eloise Unerman, Poet in Residence at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018

Massive congrats to Eloise Unerman of Rotherham Young Writers, who is young poet in residence at this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival at the end of June! Ledbury is the country’s largest poetry festival, and Eloise, who hails from Goldthorpe, Barnsley, will be enjoying a range of events, as a VIP!, as well as reading her work and talking about her writing inspirations.

Eloise Unerman, Poet in Residence at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018

Massive congrats to Eloise Unerman of Rotherham Young Writers, who is young poet in residence at this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival at the end of June! Ledbury is the country’s largest poetry festival, and Eloise, who hails from Goldthorpe, Barnsley, will be enjoying a range of events, as a VIP!, as well as reading her work and talking about her writing inspirations.

Hive festival coverage from Write Radio!

The wonderful crew at Sheffield Live Fm’s Write Radio – Sez Thomasin, Wilson and Spleeny – have produced a wonderful show around Hive Young Writers Festival that took place on 14th April 2018 with lots of great interviews and performances from young writers they found milling around on the day…

Festival thank you!

We just want to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful writers, partners, volunteers, creative professionals, and young writers that made Hive Young Writers festival a truly wonderful day on Saturday 14th April 2018. This may take some time because there were so many wonderful people in the mix…

Find out about festival happenings!

With less than 2 weeks to go, Hive’s Vicky Morris talks to Sleeny at Sheffield Live Fm’s Write Radio about all things festival!
Festival links: About the festival | Festival writers & who’s who | Festival Programme | Get tickets | Getting there

Interview with Lowkey

Hive writers, Warda Yassin and Dominic Heslop, were recently lucky enough to bagged a brilliant food-for-thought interviewed with English-Iraqi hip-hop artist, Lowkey, on his fleeting ‘In conversation’ visit to the uny recently.

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…

Annabelle Pitcher Advice for Novelists

The lovely English Department staff at Sheffield Hallam University welcome Hive young writers to appropriate writing masterclasses at the uni, and what could be more appropriate than a talk by young adult novelist, Annabel Pitcher!?

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.

Interview with novelist Tiffany Murray

What could be a more ideal opportunity to interview a writer you admire than during a week away at the amazing Arvon Lumb Bank Writing Centre, when said writer is one of your teachers for the week? I was lucky enough to do just that with the wonderful Novelist, Tiffany Murray… Interview: Georgie Woodhead, 14

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

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…

Summer Reads on BBC Radio Sheffield

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield’s Summer Reads, four young writers from South Yorkshire wide Hive young writers groups went on air this summer on the ever-brilliant Rony Robinson’s show, to review, recommend and talk all things books…

Interview with Hannah Lowe

We were lucky enough to have Hannah Lowe as our visiting writer during an amazing week at Arvon Lumb Bank in April 2017. Hannah’s first poetry collection in Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013), which focuses on her father a Chinese-black Jamaican migrant who disappeared at night to play cards or dice in London’s East End to support his family.

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…

Interview with fantasy author KT Davies

KT Davies has published two fantasy novels, The Red Knight, and Breed, which was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Novel Award. She also writes short stories that have been published in various anthologies including Fight like a Girl. KT also works as a ghost writer and has…

My Arvon Experience – Louisa Rhodes

For the first week of the Easter holiday, I was lucky enough to go off on a Hive adventure with a big band of South Yorkshire young writers, not quite knowing what to expect, to the wonderful Arvon Lumb Bank centre near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. I can still feel myself stepping off…

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 horror writer, Simon Bestwick

So, you’re a horror writer, how did your journey take shape? I think the horror was always there. I always liked those kind of stories. There’s a lot of overlap with horror and other areas of literature. And I grew up watching Doctor Who and a lot of science fiction and horror too. My granddad had this fantastically huge book called…

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!

The Arvon Tate Word Exchange

As a young writer of poetry, fiction and script based in Doncaster, I was thrilled at the opportunity to take part in the Arvon Word Exchange, a three-day writing residential at the innovative and arresting Tate Modern in London. The Exchange, led by Arvon in conjunction with Tate Exchange, and in partnership with Hive South Yorkshire and the Writing Squad, was…

Interview with poet, Helen Mort

As a young poet who is tentatively starting to get my work out there, I was delighted when Sheffield born poet, Helen Mort, agreed to do an interview with me recently for my Arts Award in Writing. I love Helen’s work, and I’m also inspired by how she has accomplished so much with it so young. Helen started taking her writing seriously in her early teens winning a…

Voices from Hive Young Writers’ Groups…

It can be scary going to a creative writing group for the first time, especially as a young person. You might wonder things like…