Hive South Yorkshire is a consortium set up by writer and creative practitioner, Vicky Morris, in partnership with the Writing Squad, and Yorkshire literary charity, Grimm & Co.
Collaboration is an important aspect of what Hive is about and our steering and wider partners include: the Off the Shelf Festival of Words; Doncaster Community Arts (Darts); Barnsley College; Hear My Voice Barnsley; Arvon; Banardos; Sheffield Hallam University; Myplace Rotherham; and Verse Matters.
Hive runs an outreach programme working with partners in the community to deliver workshops and projects that encourage participation and help remove barriers to enjoying and accessing writing opportunities. We create tailored projects that enable young people to use creative writing to address specific motivations, themes, issues, and concerns while improving their writing skills.
We are always looking for new and exciting collaborations with community and youth projects, schools, colleges and other arts organisations. If that’s you, please get in touch for a chat.
Hive continues and builds on South Yorkshire young writers’ work initiated in 2007 through the Signposts Writing Project. The project, founded by poet Matt Black in Sheffield in 1997 to signpost writing opportunities in the local community, went on to pioneer a wide range of young writers’ activity in the region.
Hive South Yorkshire is funded by Arts Council England
The Writing Squad
The Writing Squad is the North’s professional development programme for emerging young writers (16-21) www.writingsquad.com
Grimm & Co
Grimm & Co is a creative writing and mentoring charity serving 7 – 18 year olds across Yorkshire. The hub is in Rotherham town centre behind a secret door in the nation’s only ‘Apothecary to the Magical’. It’s mission: To change lives one story at a time www.grimmandco.co.uk
Arvon has a national reputation for creative writing courses that aim to challenge, inspire & transform people’s writing www.arvon.org
Off the Shelf Festival of Words (OTS)
OTS, founded in 1991, has become one of the largest literary festivals in the UK with a history of delivering and supporting events for young writers in the region www.offtheshelf.org.uk
The Faculty of Development and Society – Sheffield Hallam University
The Faculty brings together a diverse range of subjects with a focus on social and economic transformation and multidisciplinary working. We achieve this by delivering cutting-edge teaching, research and knowledge transfer and building strong partnerships in the public, voluntary and private sectors. www.shu.ac.uk
Doncaster Community Arts (Darts)
Darts, founded in 1996, delivers a wide range of participatory arts projects www.thepoint.org.uk
Hear My Voice Barnsley
Hear My Voice is a poetry and spoken word project, supported by Barnsley Poet Laureate Ian McMillian, for people of all ages in the region https://twitter.com/hearmyvoicebsly
The Myplace centre works in the community with people of all ages. The centre has a wide range of facilities including a theatre, dance studio, IT suite, recording studio and meeting rooms www.myplace-rotherham.org.uk
Barnsley College is a further education college, with several campuses including the Barnsley Sixth Form College. It provides A-levels, vocational courses and higher education courses www.barnsley.ac.uk
Verse Matters, set up by Rachel Bower and based in Sheffield, provides a supportive space for poetry, spoken word, storytelling, music and comedy for experienced and new performers. www.versematters.wordpress.com