In September Hive young poets were lucky enough to perform on the opening night of the Ted Hughes Festival 2018 alongside the amazing Afro-futurist musician and poet, Moor Mother, all the way from Philadelphia USA. Ten emerging young writers aged 15 and upwards performed in Mexborough with young rapper and spoken word artist Dominic Heslop hosting.
Feedback from the night was a wonderful boost for all involved. Comments from the post-it wall confirmed that people were blown away by the talent and bravery of all.
Our performers were: Danaë Wellington, Salma Lynch, Warda Yassin, Dominic Heslop, Georgie Woodhead, Sile Sibanda, Vertaa Lune, Tixxy Bang and Kiran Malhi-Bearn (also of Verse Matters) and doing a longer set just before Moor Mother was 16 year old spoken word artist and rapper Fionn McCloskey, (aka Hythyn), who first performed in 2017 at the Youth Word Up even with Hive and Off the Shelf Festival of Words.
On the Saturday, young writers enjoyed an afternoon workshop with Mike Garry, and Hythyn freestyled with Moor Mother. On the Saturday night, the wonderful Sile Sibanda, a Hive young spoken word artist hailing from Rotherham, did a stellar job of hosting and introducing some fabulous acts including big name poets Mike Garry and Kate Fox. Sile says she’s now got the hosting bug.
Thanks to Michele Beck and all at Ted Hughes for inviting us and given young emerging writers an exciting platform to be heard. Thanks to Warren Draper for the amazing photos!
Moor Mother is an international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator from Philadelphia, USA. She has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world.
As a soundscape and visual artist, her work has been featured at Baltic Biennale, Samek Art Museum, Vox Populi, Pearlman Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, ICA Philadelphia. As a workshop facilitator, she has presented at Cornell University, MOFO Festival, Moogfest, Black Dot Gallery and others. Moor Mother is co-founder and curator of Rockers Philly Project a 10-year long running event series and festival focused on marginalised musicians and artists spanning multiple genres of music.
Her debut album Fetish Bones was released on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and has appeared on numerous end of the year lists from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. Moor Mother was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists to watch in 2016 and named Bandcamp’s 2016 artist of the year. Moor Mother released a 2nd LP called The Motionless Present commissioned by CTM X VINYL FACTORY 2017. Moor Mother has appeared in the Quietus, Interview Magazine, The Guardian, Crack, Pitchfork and others. Moor Mother’s schedule has included Berhaign, Borealis, CTM Festival, Le Guess Who, Unsound, Flow and Donau Festival, Rewire, Boiler Room and MOMA PS1.