About the festival

“It’s an open door into anything a young writer could possibly want: how to develop work, how to move into the professional sphere, poetry, prose, performance, script, comedy – and a wonderful social event for young people who don’t necessarily see other young writers regularly.”

Young writer feedback (2014 festival)

Quick links: About the festival & info at a glance | Festival writers & who’s who | Festival Programme | Advice sessionsGet tickets | Getting there

Hive Young Writers Festival is a jam-packed day of word-based happenings for young writers (14-25) from across Yorkshire and the North, on sat 14th April.

We’re talking 100+ young writers under one roof enjoying workshops, panel discussions & advice sessions with a wide range of writers, novelists, poets, playwrights and industry professionals. There’ll also be a number of free one to one advice sessions you can book with professional writers on the day. Check the full programme here.

The festival is a chance to network, hear from professional writers, meet like-minded young writers, perform & of course, write! Everyone is welcome, from hobby to career interests spaning all writing forms. Check out our list of writers & who’s who so far.

Workshops and talks will span everything from novel and performance poetry, to advice from publishers and about writing careers. There’ll also be the chance to ask questions to a wide range of professional writers in panel Q&As.

There’ll be book stalls from Valley Press, The Poetry Business and Longbarrow Press. You might also encounter roving Hive reporters and Write Radio from Sheffield Live hoping to record some words on the fly!

You can also take to the mic with your own words – be they sung, acted or spoken and there’ll be a poetry finale slam competition with prizes (sign up details coming soon).

The last festival like this was in 2014 so we hope you’ll join us for this rare and exciting day of all things words!


Basic info at a glance:
When: Saturday 14th April 2018
Where: Myplace Centre, Rotherham (10 minutes on the train from Sheffield, one stop from Meadowhall)
Times: 10.00 to 6.30pm (register from 10am /starts 10.30am)
Travel: See getting there for full travel details
Convoys of young writers will be meeting a Hive rep to travel by train from Sheffield, Doncaster & Barnsley in South Yorkshire – all are welcome to come via the convoys! Details posted soon.
Writers: For our growing list of writers at the festival, click here.

Programme: The programme for the day will be live soon, but a brief breakdown of the day is as follows:
10.00: refreshments & registration (choose workshop preferences)
10.30: introduction / guest performance
11.00: panel Q&A with 4 writers
11.30: 9 workshops & talks running
12.45: lunch, networking, guest performances
2.00 panel Q&A with 4 writers
2.30: 9 workshops & talks running
3.45: Tea & cake break
4.20: Open mic/ prize giving to winners of Hive Young Writers competition
5.30: Poetry Slam competition – warm and supportive!
6.30 – End

Cost: The whole day will cost just £6.50 including ALL workshops, talks & lunch! Get tickets page
We have made the day as cheap as possible to support access and encourage young writers to travel so there is no concession ticket. If a discounted ticket would help because of long distance travel costs, please get in touch. Also note, advance train tickets can be a real bargain if you are coming a distance but don’t leave it too near the time!

NEWSFLASH!! We are sold out!  We do hope you got a ticket in time! 

Tickets must be purchased in advance via:
1) Eventbrite: £6.50 + 90p booking fee (£7.40)  Eventbrite book here
As a small team, we’d appreciate you using Eventbrite where possible, but if you have any issues or difficulties paying through the Eventbrite system, or funds mean you need to avoid the 90p booking fee, drop us a line. If you have online banking, a bank transfer is an option. Or if essential, we can do paypal. Please try and use Eventbrite though if possible – we thank you!
Note: Please don’t leave purchasing a ticket until last minute, we don’t know how quick they will sell (& they will they go up slightly for the last week or so as above)

2) Hive groups: If you are a member of a Hive young writers group in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, please book only via the writer who runs your group
3) Coming as a groups
If you would like to come as a group, please get in touch via info@hivesouthyorkshire.com Group discounts available to support travel costs. If you run a young writers’ group in the North, please get in touch as we’d love to have your group at the festival.

Other info:
Wheelchair access throughout the building. If you are coming with a wheelchair, please get in touch before hand so we can ensure space. If there is a reason a young person needs to be accompanied by an adult, please get in touch beforehand at info@hivesouthyorkshire.com. There are no crèche facilities and the event is only for young people of 14 to 25 years of age.

Note: These pages are being updated all the time so please bookmark and check in every now and again for more info, or follow via the Facebook event (for updates)

Any other questions from parents, schools, youth groups etc. contact us at: info@hivesouthyorkshire.com

Link to Facebook event (for updates)
Link to flyer on Facebook
Link to downloadable flyer

Quick links: About the festival | Festival writers & who’s who | Festival Programme | Get tickets | Getting there

Funded by Arts Council England, and supported by The Writing Squad and Myplace Rotherham
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And here’s a blast from the past in the form of the very first South Yorkshire Young Writers Festival in Sheffield in 2010, run by Signposts Writing Project: