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….