Leave a Comment · Posted on February 19, 2024
To mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024, Sheffield’s Juno Books invites you to celebrate the launch of Kaleidoscopic Minds, an anthology of poetry written by neurodivergent women, with an evening of spoken word poetry. The event is hosted by Kate Jenkinson and Ashley Edge, from the Prickly Pear online open mic for disabled poets, and features Hive young poets.
Event: 21st March, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row Sheffield City Centre S1 2BX | 6.30 to 8.30pm
Eventbrite tickets can be purchased here.
Leave a Comment · Posted on February 6, 2024
Prophetic Poetry: From sci-fi to sci-fact
A Hive Young Writers Poetry Day with Suzannah Evans
Sunday 24th MARCH 2024 10.30am to 4/4.30pm (with refreshments & lunch break)
Open to young writers (aged 15 to 30) from across South Yorkshire & the nearby north
Join award-winning poet, Suzannah Evans, for this relaxed and playful poetry-writing day, open to young writers at all levels, full of weird and wonderful prompts designed to get you thinking (and writing) out of our current reality and into the possibilities of science fiction and science fact.
Suzannah knows a thing or two about writing the prophetic – her work has been described as ‘doom-pop-poetry with an apocalyptic edge’. She’ll also read from her own work and give tips and tricks on what’s helped her develop as a poet. Expect a fun and insightful writing day, and emerge into a fresh reality with exciting new drafts and your imagination bouncing through the stratosphere!
Cost: £8 | Concessions £4 | Booking: [email protected]
Where: Cantor Building, Arundel Street, Sheffield (4 minutes from the train station)
Supported by Sheffield Hallam University
Suzannah Evans is an award-winning poet and writer based in Sheffield. She has published two collections of poetry, Near Future and Space Baby, with Nine Arches Press. Her first chapbook was a winner in the Poetry Business Competition 2012, and she has a second, ‘Green’, forthcoming with Bad Betty Press in June 2024. Suzannah was a Gladstone Library writer in residence in 2019, and in 2021 she received a Northern Writers’ Award for poetry. Her work asks difficult questions about the Earth, its beings, and what lies ahead for them; how do we look to the future on a planet that’s burning? How do we come to terms with our grief, and what can we believe in?
Leave a Comment · Posted on January 24, 2024
Winning and commended poets are published on Young Poets Network and sent an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, as well as poetry goodies including books and posters.
Young Poets Network is The Poetry Society’s online platform for young poets up to the age of 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, challenges and competitions to inspire your own writing, new writing from young poets, and advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry scene. We also bring you the latest news and ideas from the writing world, and a list of competitions, magazines and writing groups that particularly welcome young writers.
Young Poets Network is for everyone interested in poets and poetry – whether you’ve just started out, or you’re a seasoned reader or writer. Teachers and parents might find it a useful resource, too.
More info here
Leave a Comment · Posted on January 15, 2024
Young Writers Open Mic – as part of Barnsley Book Festival
Wednesday 20 March 5.30pm | at: Library @ the Lightbox
Calling all young people aged 14 -25 from across Barnsley! In partnership with The Civic Barnsley, we are hosting an open mic featuring spoken word performances from members of Barnsley Young Writers and Next Big Thing. This event is also open to both new and experienced young writers. If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words in a warm atmosphere. Contact [email protected] to reserve a definite reading slot or put your name down on the evening.
If you’re a young person aged 14 to 19 in Barnsley interested in creative writing, why not join Barnsley Young Writers? Details here.
In partnership with Barnsley Civic and Hive South Yorkshire
Full the full programme of events as part of Barnsley Book Festival, visit here.
Leave a Comment · Posted on November 13, 2023
This brilliantly inventive, powerful and vibrant anthology of poetry and short fiction showcases writing by the next generation of writers in the North. Many are members of Hive young writers’ groups or have attended Hive programmes and projects across the region. Some have been placed in our competitions. There’s also work from Hive award-winning writers such as Luke Worthy, Beth Davies, Safia Khan, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith and Warda Yassin.
The anthology showcases a whopping 79 emerging writers | features 67 poems and 15 short stories | 115 pages
Leave a Comment · Posted on November 16, 2023
On Monday 16th October, five Hive poets attended the inaugural Young Poets Summit at the Forward Prize for Poetry 2023 in Leeds. They were joined by other young poets from: Young Identity, Leeds young Authors, Barbican Young Poets & The Writing Squad, for an afternoon of poetry-related discussion, networking, and wonderful insights from a stellar panel of writers, including, Khadijah Ibrahim, a judge for this year’s award, Kandace Siobhan Walker (shortlisted for Best First Collection with Cowboy (Cherrio Publishing), and Momtaza Mehri (Winner of Best First Collect for Bad Diaspora Poems (Jonathan Cape). And the icing on the cake: to enjoy the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2023 live that evening at Leeds Playhouse.
The event was organised by writers Tolu Agbelusi, Jemilea Wisdom-Baako, Annie Hayter, Pelumi Fatayo, Kiki Gilbert and Princess Arinola Adegbite with support from Shirley May, Jacob Sam La Rose and Jay Bhadricha (Forward Prize), who were instrumental in the initial conceptualisation of the event.
It’s hoped that feedback collected from the event can go towards looking at a yearly Young Poets Summit during the Forward Prizes.
Many thanks to Tolu Agbelusi, Shirley May & Jemilea Wisdom-Baako for inviting Hive poets, and thanks to the Forward Prize and all the fine young poet groups involved.
Leave a Comment · Posted on September 16, 2023
After Hours Anthology launch (SOLD OUT /NO DOOR TICKETS SORRY)
When: Friday 17th Nov | doors 7.15pm – 10pm 2023
Where: Performance Lab (SHU) Arundel Gate,
Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LQ (5 mins from station/s)
Join us for the launch our 2023 young writers’ anthology featuring fiction and poetry from young and emerging writers from across the north. All welcome, but the stage belongs to young people (14-30) from across South Yorkshire & beyond.
The open mic section of the night is closed, but we hope to have an open mic in the early new year!
Refreshments & bookstall – books will be sold at a discount price on the night | there will hopefully be a card machine but please bring cash to be on the safe side.
(Details of how to purchase copies of the anthology outside the launch will be on our website from 15th November)
Our coming 2023 anthology after hours contains the voices of 78 young poets & short fiction writers, in 87 amazing pieces. Praise for after hours…
“From museum tardigrades to keyring turtles, glow ups to circus tricks – this is mic-droppingly brilliant writing from the next generation of writers in the north.” Vanessa Lampert
Innovative, visceral and vital. The poems in After Hours, quite simply, sing from the pages. I’m so impressed by the ambition and diversity of voices, forms and subjects, ranging from lyrical and haunting to witty and entertaining. There is experimentation rolex day date 41mm m228396tbr 0020 uomini tono argento with form, wonderful bold images, beautiful journeys into the human condition and soaring endings. I loved reading them all. And I know I’ll be reading more from these poets in the very near future. Rachel Bower“From compelling cosmic sci-fi and anthropomorphic fable, to gripping realist drama and terrifying existential horror, these stories span much of what is possible in short fiction. I was thrilled to see these young writers so willing to take risks and challenge their writing to produce these striking short works. I lost count of how many ideas had me wishing I’d thought of them. This is some standout fiction that is still resonating in my brain a long time after reading it.” Dan Powell
Leave a Comment · Posted on October 19, 2023
This is an open mic night where English is not the default and all languages are welcome. Poems you have written yourself, poems mixing your mother tongue with the latest online slang, verses from your grandmother’s hometown, your favourites from Instagram or the wisdom of your forefathers in rhyming couplets, even your own English language compositions. We invite you to jump on stage and read to a supportive audience.
If you don’t fancy getting up, that’s fine too, poets are needed but wallflowers are welcome! The event will be hosted by Warda Yassin, a British-Somali poet born and raised in Sheffield and supported on stage by some local up-and-coming Somali poets.
This event will take place at Somali Week Express in Sheffield, hosted by Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in partnership with Off the Shelf Festival. This will be a weekend of events with Somali artists, writers and comedians at Israac Community Centre on 4-5 November 2023.
The Poetry Translation Centre is also hosting a poetry translation workshop on Sunday 5 November at the festival, exploring the craft of translation in a friendly collaborative workshop open to all.
Event date: Poetry Translation Centre Website
Supported by Arts Council England
Leave a Comment · Posted on October 10, 2023
In partnership with the British Library, Leeds 2023 invited nine emerging writers (aged 18–30) to be published alongside nine established authors and artists in this beautiful hardback, illustrated anthology.
The book, launching 1th October 2023, will be gifted to every child born in Leeds in 2023, shared through many channels, and available in multiple settings, including libraries, and schools. The initial print run will be 15,000 copies.
With stories for babies, children and young adults, the book is designed to carry readers all the way through their childhood and be treasured long after the last page has been turned.
Luke Worthy said: “Northern Dreaming has given me the opportunity to write the story that I needed when I was a child. In essence, I felt like I was writing to a younger self that, coming into contact with the harshness of the world, just wanted to hide. This project for me was about helping young northerners believe in their own magic.”
Freya Bantiff said: “I’ve felt so grateful to have been part of the Leeds 2023 Northern Dreaming anthology – knowing that my work is finding its place in a book crammed full of talented writers and making its way onto the shelves of children who will read it for years to come absolutely thrills me. I hope everyone who dives into this book enjoys it as much as I enjoyed contributing to it!
This gifted book is a celebration of the magical thrill of storytelling and a place for readers to find comfort, inspiration and joy. Each author shares their unique perspective and imagination, inspiring the next generation of dreamers.
Northern Dreaming will be available to collect, for free, from various locations across Leeds from Thursday 19 October 2023, including from all Leeds libraries.
If you’re the parent or carer of a newborn please check the Northern Dreaming webpage for full details on how to collect your copy of the book.
LEEDS 2023 strives to forge new connections with established organisations to shine a light on the brilliant artwork already being created across Leeds and the north, and to create further opportunities for artists.
The British Library are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. We provide information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.
Leave a Comment · Posted on October 8, 2023
Huge congratulations to 15-year-old Charlie Jolley of Sheffield Young Writers – one of the 15 winning poets of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2023! And to Isabella Pollard (Rotherham Young Writers) and Merila Gramy (Sheffield Young Writers) who were both highly commended in the competition.
All follow in the footsteps of previous winners from our South Yorkshire groups including Georgie Woodhead, Lauren Hollingsworth Smith & Claire Carlile. More than 6,600 poets aged 11-17 submitted over 15,800 poems into this year’s competition. Young people from 119 countries entered the competition from as far afield as Romania, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and 94 percent of postcodes in the UK.
This year’s poet-judges Jane Yeh and Jonathan Edwards had a difficult job choosing the top 100 winners, with Jonathan saying,
‘The achievement of these poems is enough to drive faith not just in the future but in the present of the art. What a wonderful advert these entries are for the importance of poetry, and – more – how much faith they give us in people, our capacity for empathy and tenderness and how, with nothing more than words, we can make the world go “Wow!”’
Jane said: ‘In judging this award, I was astonished – and humbled – to read so many poems brimming over with inventiveness, ambition, and sheer quality. I was deeply impressed by the artfulness and linguistic sophistication to be found in many of these poems, as well as the engaging, ardent lyricism of their unique voices. I look forward to reading many of these writers’ work in years to come.’
Winners of the award receive a fantastic range of prizes to help develop their writing. The top 15 poets are invited to attend a residential writing course at The Hurst, the Arvon centre in Shropshire; and all 100 winners receive a year’s youth membership of The Poetry Society and a bag full of books donated by generous publishers. The Poetry Society continues to support winners throughout their careers providing publication, performance and development opportunities, and access to a paid internship programme.
If you’re a young poet, sign up to our free Young Poets Network e-newsletter to hear about all The Poetry Society’s opportunities for young poets to submit their work, perform their poems and further their writing skills. Explore Young Poets Network for regular writing challenges, articles about poetry, events, workshops and more.