Festival Programme

“By far the best event I could ever imagine for budding young writers. Just WOW. Wish I’d had this when I was younger.”

Novelist, Simon Bestwick

Programme at a glance | Workshops in detail | writers and who’s who

The festival is a chance to network, hear from professional writers, meet like-minded young writers, perform & of course, write! Everyone is welcome – all writing interests and experiences.

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:
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

  • Book stalls: There’ll be book stalls from Valley Press, The Poetry Business and Longbarrow Press. Some writers may also be selling and signing books.
  • Audio interviews and performances: You might also encounter roving Hive reporters and Write Radio from Sheffield Live hoping to audio record some words on the fly!
  • Perform or read your work: 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).
  • Ask questions to a wide range of professional writers in panel Q&As. Writers include: Dan Powell (short story), Testament (Theatre, poetry & hip hop), Clare Fisher (novel), Andy Craven Griffiths, Billie Meredith (acting, poetry & music)
  • One to one advice chat: You can sign up for a number of 1-to-1 sofa advice chats with writers on the day at different time. If of interest, bring a poem/page of work, or just some questions! One-to-one writers announced soon. Tip, get there early to register (between 10am and 10.30am to get signed up!)

MORNING WORKSHOPS & TALKS – 11.30am to 12.45pm

Writing Weird & Wonderful Stories (writing workshop)
with short fiction writer Dan Powell
Short fiction offers the perfect arena in which to play around with weird and wonderful ideas. Explore how to bring the strangely beautiful and the beautifully strange to life and tell a powerful story in the process with prize-winning short story author, Dan Powell.

Surviving the Future (page poetry workshop)
with poet Suzannah Evans – The Poetry Business
What’s a poet’s role, on this melting planet, in these pre-apocalyptic times? Do we stock up on matches or live like it’s our last night on earth? How can we as poets look at the future of humanity in new ways? Put pen to paper and find out…

Scoops, Hooks & Angles – Journalism Uncovered (talk/workshop)
with Journalist Helen Johnson
Delve into the world of journalism, the ways in – from studying it at uni, to having the skills to use on the fly as a creative freelancer. With 25 years’ experience, Helen Johnson will give practical advice, tell a story or two about her experiences as a journalist, and get you to look again at the journalism we take for granted.

Lyrics, Music & Beats (writing/music workshop)
with writer & singer/song & musician Dan Loops
Fit words (spoken, sung & rapped) to rhythm and beats in the music studio using software and instruments

From Spoken Word to Script Writing
with spoken word poet, writer & theatre maker Testament 
Explore the use of spoken word in theatre and making the leap to playwriting, creating monologues and experimenting with dialogue, with Testament who has taken the journey from being an acclaimed Hip-Hop artist and poet into breaking through as a theatre maker.

Getting Yourself Out There: Developing into a professional writer (talk/workshops)
with Steve Dearden & Lydia Allison – The Writing Squad
Expertise and essential advice for applications, submissions, building experience and generally conducting yourself as a top-notch emerging writer. Pen at the ready, take down some top tips…

Write It, Get It out! (Getting ideas down workshop)
with Reece Williams (Young Identity)
Build confidence from just running with an idea in writing, censoring that ‘it’s rubbish!’ voice, and reading with yours aloud in a supportive group (not essential!). Plus get tips on reading or performing your work.

Making Your Own Zine (craft/making workshop)
with Charly Caplin (Free Hand)
Get crafty & visual with words and images, or have time out to think, potter, and work on your very own DIY mini-publication or visual musings.

Volunteering for a Creative Writing Charity (visit/Q&A)
with Grimm & Co (aged 16 & over)
Visit a world like no other, populated by magical creatures, and hidden only human minutes away. Think Harry Potter – only this place is real! Rotherham is home to innovative literary charity, Grimm & Co. Take a tour, hear about how to volunteer, or work as a paid writer in future, and find out what’s through the famous magic door!

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS & TALKS – 2.30am to 3.45pm

Writing Characters that POP! (writing workshop)
with novelist Clare Fisher
How do you make characters which grab your reader and won’t let them go? Play with different ways of finding and developing unforgettable fictional characters in this fun, interactive workshop with novelist and short story writer, Clare Fisher.

Beats, Rhyme & Life (jam session)
with Testament & Dan Loops
Join world recording beatboxer and lyricist Testament and the multi-talented musician Dan Loops experimenting with beatboxing, looping, vocals and MCing. Work together to create some dope music & if you want, bring it on stage after to the open mic!

Using Rhythm & Rhyme Well – Writing & performing spoken word with bite (workshop)
with Andy Craven Griffiths
Learn how to use rhythm and rhyme together, avoid the trap of rhyme for rhyme sake (what rhymes with…pain, rain etc.), and most importantly, how to make your work sound good and still say what you want to say.

Getting Published – Essential advice & questions answered (talk/Q&A)
with Valley Press, The Poetry Business, Long Barrow Press & Vada Magazine
Pick the brains of a wide range of publishers in this candid advice session where you can ask questions, and get a wider sense of how publishing works from several publisher perspectives.

Building brave new worlds (writing workshop)
with novelist Tim Leach
Want to craft a world you can step into through fiction? Join Tim Leach to look at the parallels between sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction in world building, and consider the elements that make worlds ripe for narrative, conflict, and sometimes gold digging ants…

Using Improv as a Narrative Tool
with Bobby Anderson
Why spend ages thinking what a character might say when you can just get up and play them to see what happens? This introduction to improv workshop will go over the basics of how to create scenes and stories with people on stage, as well as looking at how improv is used as a tool in writers’ rooms.

Making Your Own Zine (craft/making workshop)
with Charly Caplin (Free Hand)
Get crafty & visual with words and images, or have time out to think, potter, and work on your very own DIY mini-publication or visual musings.

Volunteering for a Creative Writing Charity (visit/Q&A)
with Grimm & Co (aged 16 & over)
Visit a world like no other, populated by magical creatures, and hidden only human minutes away. Think Harry Potter – only this place is real! Rotherham is home to innovative literary charity, Grimm & Co. Take a tour, hear about how to volunteer, or work as a paid writer in future, and find out what’s through the famous magic door!

Telling Real People’s Stories – (writing workshop)
with Stacey Sampson & Laura Lindsay – collaborative writers/theatre makers
Explore how to turn real people’s words into a piece of verbatim theatre and/or use them to inspire your writing in other ways. Professional writers and theatre makers Laura Lindsay and Stacey Sampson specialise in working collaboratively with people and communities, and have a passion for understanding and sharing people’s lived experiences. Amount other collaborations, they worked with Third Angel on their nationally touring show Partus, which interweaves dozens of interviews about the realities of giving birth. 
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