Greetings from Hive HQ! Just a little update celebrating a few bits of good news (and let’s face it, we need all the good news we can get right now!) and a few reminders…
Firstly, the last bit of amazing goodness to happen before lockdown – Sheffield Young Writer Niamh Brownhill is the 2020 BBC Young Reporter National Gold Winner! Niamh is interested in a career in journalism so that is a wonderful boost for her. You can read her brilliantly honest piece I Quit College to Look After my Alcoholic Mum, on the BBC’s website here. Niamh says: “I work with Sheffield Young Carers and they saved my life!! If you need any support please look on their website.”
Two recent competition wins go to 17-year-old Georgie Woodhead of Sheffield Young Writers. Georgie is one of the winners of the Newcastle Young Writers Prize 2020, and has been highly commended in the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition (which is generally an adult competition so this is quite something!). Georgie joins Naomi Thomas (Sheffield Young Writers), Lauren Hollingsworth Smith (Rotherham Young Writers) and Maia Brown (Doncaster Young Writers alumnus) at the Writing Squad this year.
We’re also pleased to have commissioned 11 pieces of non-fiction by writers aged 15-30 for HOME FRONT: Words From Lockdown. The first few are live here with more to follow posted over the next few weeks. There are some wonderfully insightful pieces to get your teeth into, from being a supermarket key worker to considering South Korea’s lockdown track and trace methods www.hivesouthyorkshire.com/category/homefront
We’ve got some more uber big Hive young writer news coming very soon (that’s not quite announced yet) so look out for that! And now it is announced and it’s here!
Meanwhile, we’ve got some great regional happenings for young writers (14-30) at the moment. Yorkshire-wide (and actually as far as North Derbyshire and North West Lincolnshire) we’ve got the Hive Young Writers Competition open until 23rd June. This was going to be a biennial competition, but due to lockdown, we wanted to bring it back early to support more young people to write. We know, sometimes resources, and a reason to write, can make a big difference in getting us focused! Find everything you need to know here: www.hivesouthyorkshire.com/competition
And if you’re new to writing (that is, you’re not in a Hive group), and you live in or near Sheffield, there’s also the Hive New Writer Prize for 14-19s, as part of the Sheffield Year of Reading LOVE SHEFFIELD, LUV competition. Judge and Writer in Residence for the project, Nik Perring, will also be running some FREE online workshops to get you started. Keep an eye on our what’s on page here. We have one planned for this Wednesday 20th May. It’s FREE and you don’t need a webcam (Crowdcast is live video-led with a messenger type feed).
If you’re in South Yorkshire (or very near without provision in your area for young writers) we’re running our groups online. Get in touch if you’d like to join us. No experience needed, all levels welcome!