Youth Word Up 10th Birthday!

Working in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Performance: Young people and poet Joelle Taylor
Event: 21st Oct 2021 | 7.30 – 9.30pm – Venue Sheffield city centre TBC
Free event. Register here

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.  Created by Benjamin Zephaniah, The Youth Word Up! has been developed by HIVE South Yorkshire. Local young people will perform pieces written during workshops with Hive, sharing their experiences and hopes. Many have never done anything like this before and have written brave and beautiful work about everything that can happen in young lives. Sharing the stage with the young performers are young writers from Hive and headline poet and slam champion the mighty award-winning Joelle Taylor. A former UK slam champion, she founded the national youth slam championships.  Her latest collection is Songs My Enemy Taught Me.

Fearless.  This is poetry with purpose” Benjamin Zephaniah on Joelle Taylor

A  limited-edition ten years anthology highlighting work from the project will be released on the night.
Suitable for ages 13+, parental guidance applies

About the Youth Word Up

As part of his guest curation of Off the Shelf in 2012, poet, novelist and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah, created The Youth Word Up – a project designed to give young people a chance to have their voices heard alongside an established poet.

Now in its 10th year, the Youth Word Up is an ongoing success with young people writing poetry and performing it alongside top poets at yearly events during the Festival. In 2013, a Youth Word Up, audio-visual installation of young people’s spoken poetry was showcased in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. And since 2014 a booklet of work by young people has been produced each year. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the Youth Word Up took the form of a podcast. In 2021, we are back in the real world to celebrate 10 years with a special anniversary edition of the Youth Word Up.

The Youth Word Up is an Off the Shelf Festival of Words Project funded by Arts Council – Grants for the Arts
Over the years it’s been supported by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Community Youth Teams, Sheffield Youth Justice Service, Chilypep, Healthwatch, Doncaster Foyer, Children in Care Council, Care Leavers union, Hive South Yorkshire, Vicky Morris and Arts Council England.