Festival Programme

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

Novelist, Simon Bestwick

This page: General detailsProgramme at a glance | Workshops in detail

The festival is open to young writers from across the north – and is a chance to work with and get advice from professional writers, network, meet like-minded young writers, perform & of course, write! Everyone is welcome – all writing interests, levels and experiences.

Quick links: About the festival | Festival at a glance & programme |Festival writers & who’s whoAdvice sessionsGet tickets | Getting here

GENERAL DETAILS:
When: Saturday 13th April 2019

Where: The Institute of Education (part of Sheffield Hallam University), Charles Street Sheffield, S1 2 ND. This is just off Arundel Gate and Arundel Street, less than 5 minutes from Sheffield train and bus stations. See Getting here for more info.
Cost: £10/£12 here
NEWSFLASH: Now SOLD OUT. If you missed getting your ticket & want to go on a waiting list, it’s possible we’ll have cancelations or we might be able to accommodate some people from lunchtime. Email: info@hivesouthyorkshire 
Times: 10.30 to 6.30pm (register from 9.45am /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 Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley – all are welcome to come via the convoys! Details posted soon. If you need help looking into travel, or are coming in a group, let us know!
Writers: For our growing list of writers at the festival, click here
Times: 10.30 to 6.30pm (register from 9.45am /starts 10.30am)
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PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
(this may change slightly, so do check this page before the day):

10.00: registration
10.30: introduction / guest performance
10.45: Ask a writer panel Q&A with various writers
11.25: Morning workshops & talks running
12.45: lunch, networking, guest performances
1.55: Writer performance – Louise Wallwein
2.10: Afternoon workshops & talks running
3.45: Refreshments break
4.15: Writer performance – Kate Fox / Competition prize giving
4.30: Open mic / & sharing from sessions – all welc! Priority, 14-25s.
6.30: End

  • Bookstalls: There’ll be bookstalls from Bluemoose Books, Dead Ink, Valley Press, And Other Stories, The Poetry Business and Longbarrow Press (and others and with possible discounts so bring some extra cash if you’re a book worm!) Some writers may also be selling and signing books. We’ll also have a few publishers around on the day to speak to!
  • 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 for a podcast!
  • Pop up portraits!: newsflash! We have Doncopolitan photographer Warren Draper at the festival capturing the magic! Also…Warren will be setting up a pop-up studio for a mini writer portraits project for the day (we have yet to name!) When you see his work, you’ll want him to capture you!
  • Perform or read your work: You can also take to the mic with your own words – be they sang, acted or spoken (sign up details coming soon).
  • Ask questions to a wide range of professional writers in panel Q&As. Writer details coming soon
  • One to one advice chats: You can sign up for a number of 1-to-1 sofa advice chats with writers on the day at different times (see who here) If of interest, you can bring a poem/page of work, or just some questions! One-to-one writers announced here Tip, get there early to register (between 10am and 10.30am to get signed up!)
  • Bring a notepad & pen! (although we will have paper!) 🙂 And coins for tea & coffee and books if of interest!
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MORNING WORKSHOPS & TALKS – 11.25am to 12.45pm
We may add to/change some of these workshops (so watch this space!)

From Human to Housefly – Transformation in fiction
– fiction workshop with novelist Simon Bestwick
People change – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and sometimes for the downright frightening – and that can make a fantastic story. Join author Simon Bestwick for a look at transformation and metamorphosis in fiction from mythology to classic literature, and explore how to transform your own characters.

Chiropracting Your Character – bend them into shape for performance!
– performance/comedy/methods for developing characters
with Poet, Comedian & Egg, Stan skinny
Using drama and improv, unlock and explore how to develop and perform characters and find your own comedic persona – including mining personalities close to home for comedic effect.

Time Travel with a Pen – Rewriting history
– fiction workshop with novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton
What if the first moon landing was in 2020? What if Martin Luther King had been a woman? What really happened in Sheffield on April 13, 1919? Working with novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton look at reframing and reimagining narratives of the past to spark ideas for telling fresh and alternative stories from the versions that go down in history.

Change the world with your words (and get paid for doing it!)
with copywriter & social Entrepreneur, Justine Gaubert
Words can be used to sell stuff, sure, but they can also be a force for good, and great adverts and campaigns are underpinned by great copywriters. Join award-winning copywriter Justine Gaubert on an entertaining and inspiring intro a realm ripe with lateral thinkers and master manipulators, good and bad. Find out – What made the ‘Vote leave’ campaign so effective? What are the ethics of using words to manipulate? Will Justine convince you of the joy of earning a living through words in the creative industries, and if so…what type of jobs fit the most creative among us?

Letting Poems Take Flight – poetry workshop
with poet Oz Hardwick
One of the characters in Douglas Adams’ Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says that flying is easy: you just throw yourself at the ground and miss. This workshop will suggest ways for our poems to take flight before the ground rushes up to meet them.

Stories in Pixels – Interactive Storytelling for video games
– workshop with narrative designer Tom Knights
Join Tom Knights to take a closer look at how narrative is approached in the world of games – from the role of the writer in game development, to what makes this such a unique and compelling medium to work in. You’ll also have a go at writing your own simple interactive story using dedicated software you can download at home to continue your project.

How to Playwright – talk & workshop
with playwright Dave Windass
While actors bring words to life, and directors and their team pulls a production together, how does the playwright fit in? Dave will delve into his extensive experience to give you the essentials you need to know about playwriting –the journey from page to stage, and all of the dos and don’ts…

Music Jam with Dan Loops TBC 
– music/instruments & voice with Dan Loops

Bring your voice, or even an instrument, or both, and jam with multi-talented singer, songwriter, rap artist & instrumentalist, Dan Loops. Maybe jam something to share on the stage later in the day!

Making Your Own Zine – creating/making workshop
with artist Jen Booth
Get crafty & visual with words and images, fold them, glue them, cut them, splice them and self publish your own little slice of flick-through-able life – your writing, a theme, a passion, whatever takes your fancy! Or just have time out to let your creative muse wander, and glue!

Fiction Ideas in Five (possible morning/afternoon) TBC 
Generate ideas and get writing! 

with Short Story Writer, Nik Perring
Lorrie Moore said: “A novel is a marriage, a short story is a love affair.” ― generate a week’s worth of ideas and look at the short story and flash forms and what they offer. Perfect if you’re lacking inspiration, ideal if you want something fresh to read for the open mic!

Quick links: About the festival & info at a glance | Festival writers & who’s who | Festival Programme | Advice sessions | Get tickets | Getting there
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AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS & TALKS – 2.10pm to 3.45pm
We may add to/change some of these workshops (so watch this space!)

Mastering the Dramatic Monologue/Performing Solo – writing/performance workshop
with Louise Wallwein MBE
A fast-paced workshop in writing the dramatic monologue for a solo-performance. Louise Wallwein MBE will take you through her writing process using personal narrative as a driving force.

Writing the Personal to Spark Others – Creative non-fiction
– writing/performance workshop
with novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton

Join novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton to consider the joys of creative non-fiction using what you know and who you are as a source of inspiration. Yvonne will show you great examples of the form and get you writing the stories you want to tell. Whatever your writing level, bring a pen (or laptop) and write the story you want to tell or hear.

Find Your Funny – Introduction to Comedy Writing – writing workshop
Stand up poet Kate Fox
Kate Fox, who has had two comedy series on Radio 4, will lead a workshop of practical writing and performing exercises to help you find your funny! From what makes a good punchline, to how to develop stand up material and write a humorous poem or monologue, you’ll explore ways to turn ordinary (or extraordinary) life into comedy.

Mapping Worlds – fantasy/fiction ideas & writing workshop
with fantasy author Daniel Ingram-Brown
Are you inspired by other worlds? Do you like to spark narrative ideas in a visual way? Join Dan for a workshop doing just that, using giant maps to re-imagine real places. Create characters, histories and mythologies, rooted in the real, but with a fantastical twist.

Routes to Publication & writing hot topic – Advice & questions answered –talk/Q&A
with Blue Moose Books, And other Stories & various writers
Pick the brains of writers & publishers about all things publishing – from pitching ideas and submitting work, to promoting the finished book. Hear writers’ routes in, their journeys and tips.

Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels – workshop
with comic creator Bambos Georgiou
Take a look at the wildly different types of comics and graphic novels and what’s currently out there in print and online. Find out about developing comic books, how to approach script – what to include and what to leave to your comic artist (but that you or someone else!)

Writing as the Outsider – poetry workshop TBC 
with poet Becky Cherriman

Ever felt like you don’t fit in or want to try and experience things from another perspective? Experiment with creative processes to write from the viewpoint of the outsider in poetry or fiction.

Music Jam with Dan Loops – music/instruments & voice TBC 
with Dan Loops
Bring your voice, or even an instrument, or both, and jam with multi-talented singer, songwriter, rap artist & instrumentalist, Dan Loops. Maybe jam something to share on the stage later in the day!

Making Your Own Zine – creating/making workshop
with artist Jen Booth
Get crafty & visual with words and images, fold them, glue them, cut them, splice them and self publish your own little slice of flick-through-able life – your writing, a theme, a passion, whatever takes your fancy! Or just have time out to think, potter, and glue!

Fiction Ideas in Five (possible morning/afternoon) TBC 
Generate ideas and get writing! 

with Short Story Writer, Nik Perring
Lorrie Moore said: “A novel is a marriage, a short story is a love affair.” ― generate a week’s worth of ideas and look at the short story and flash forms and what they offer. Perfect if you’re lacking inspiration, ideal if you want something fresh to read for the open mic!

Finding Your Voice & Using It (possible morning/afternoon) TBC 
with actress, novelist & playwright Stacey Sampson
How do you find your voice as a writer? What do YOU have to say? Join actress and writer Stacey Sampson, to find ways to tap into your unique and valuable experiences, thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the world through a mix of fun, practical writing and performance activities.
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Quick links: About the festival | Festival at a glance & programme |Festival writers & who’s whoAdvice sessionsGet tickets | Getting here

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