It’s that time of year again! Off the Shelf Festival of Words is underway from Friday 15th to 31st October with events online and in the real world. As always, Hive is honoured to be onboard across a number of fabulous events. Below is a taster of what to expect, events with Hive or hive writers, but there are many more events and happenings all things words to feast on here in the Off the Shelf Programme.
New Poets Prize winners 2021 – Sat 16th 5pm online
Readings from the four New Poets Prize winners including Hive young poet/Doncaster Young Writers alumnus, Safia Khan. Watch online via the link.
Poetry & performance workshop for young people in Rotherham – 20th Oct | 5pm Rotherham Civic
Calling young people aged 14 to 21 in Rotherham….like creative writing or want to build confidence to read or perform work to an audience? Then come along to the wonderful Rotherham Civic Theatre for a workshop all things poetry writing & spoken word (and maybe performing, but you decide!)
10th Birthday of the Youth Word Up – Thurs 21st 7.30pm
Suitable for ages 13+, parental guidance applies
The Youth Word Up is ten years old this year! To celebrate, young people who’ve been involved in the project over the years perform their work alongside those new to the mic and this year, the mighty Joelle Taylor is back to headline!
FREE | Tickets
Poetry Live – HIVE Poets, Safia Khan, Caroline Bird, Otis Mensah: Hosted by Sile Sibanda
22nd Oct | 7.30pm Rotherham Civic
Join us for a stellar lineup of poetry talent including Freya Bantiff and Safia Khan, members of HIVE poetry.
The Perks of Young Adult Fiction with Paula Rawsthorne – sat 30th Oct
A Hive Young Writers’ Day
Open to: Younger writers (aged 15-30) in South Yorkshire and beyond with any interests/experience level.
Drawing on the strengths and driving elements of this genre, join multi-award-winning writer, Paula Rawsthorne, for a day of writing and exploring all things Young Adult fiction. From finding inspiration for stories to pitches and plotting.
Poets Respond to Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze 30th Oct 11am | Millennium Gallery Sheffield
Poets read new work inspired by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze include Hive poets Warda Yassin, our Sheffield Poet Laureate, Sile Sibanda, and Danae Wellington. Come and celebrate with us the life and work of the brilliant Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.
Part of Black Women Write Now curated by Désirée Reynolds