Our Rotherham Poem

Hive is so immensely proud of the unveiling of: Our Rotherham, a film poem written by Vicky Morris and Rotherham Young Writers to celebrate YORKSHIRE DAY, commissioned by the Rotherham Council Events Team.

The film was made by the brilliant John Slemenek at Studio Bokehgo and a whole host of people were involved from the Rotherham community, including Rotherham Young Writers. 1st August, Yorkshire Day, was meant to be a big celebration in Rotherham, but because of the pandemic, it wasn’t possible. Although it’s not quite the same, the film, we hope, has brought people together virtually to feel proud.


We are incredibly proud to present to you ‘OUR ROTHERHAM, OUR YORKSHIRE’ – a film created with the support of our community to celebrate Yorkshire Day and our town.

Huge thanks going to Studio Bokehgo for their boundless enthusiasm, professionalism and amazing film-making talent. Thanks also to all the fantastic young writers and Vicky from Hive South Yorkshire for their wonderful and inspiring words. Thanks to Gemma from the Button Tin for creating the beautiful banner. And last, but certainly by no means least, thank you to ALL the wonderful people who agreed to take part in the film, you are all truly AWESOME!


Posted by RMBCEvents on Saturday, 1 August 2020

The poem came together through poetry workshopping and notes gathering with Rotherham Young Writers, and such were the reams everyone had to say about it, the full version of the poem (hopefully to be recorded soon!) was twice as long as what was possible for the film. We also must thank: Emma Sharpe (REMA), Jen Booth, Tair Rafiq and Karen Eynon for letting us pick their brains!

Thanks to RMBC Events team: Jane, Sarah and all for working with our vision for this poem and trusting us to do Rotherham proud!

“It’s been so lovely to see the emotional responses to the film and the pride people feel for Rotherham that’s reflected so beautifully in it. In recently years, it’s had a lot of bad press weighing it down, but it’s such an amazing town and people, with, as the poem says, so much heritage and natural beauty. Rotherham Young Writers and I are very proud to have represented it.” Vicky Morris


“It was a honour to be involved in this project. I’m very proud to be from Rotherham. And to have come up with the watter/water, do-or lines and have helped with the final edit!” Jordan Mangnall, Rotherham Young Writers/Jaded Heart


“Insightful, Inspirational and Moving a fantastic piece of work you have truly captured the spirit of this town.” SM comment