Hive’s first Verse Matters Open Mic

Hive Young Writers open mic in partnership with Verse Matters
Hive’s first young people’s open mic was a huge success and such a wonderful, supportive night. We had 35 performers and the youngest was 12! We didn’t know it was possible to fit so many great performances in one event. Many performed for the first time. And what a brave and supportive atmosphere with powerful performances from young writers sharing work dealing with topics as diverse as grief, sexual exploitation, fat shaming and being transgender. It was particularly great to have ex-members of Sheffield & Rotherham Young Writers – Anna May Fox and Will Banks do featured performances.

Creating a safe space to share is a key part of Verse Matters, and the inspiring Rachel Bower helped us set the supportive tone of the night that  enabled so many to share words that perhaps they didn’t think they would when they walked in. Beautiful stuff!

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