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…

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…

Eloise Unerman named Barnsley Young Poet Laureate

Young Barnsley poet wins local accolade…Congratulations Eloise Unerman! On 25th March, 19-year-old Eloise Unerman of Goldthorpe will be named Barnsley’s Young Poet Laureate in recognition of her ongoing literary achievements…

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…