Young Poet in Residence at Darts

Hive, in partnership with Doncaster Arts, is delighted to announce Lydia Allison as the first Young Poet in Residence at The Point (home of Doncaster Arts).

As part of the Hatch programme, Lydia will be running creative writing workshops and writing poems in response to the exhibitions programme. She will work with adult groups who use the building regularly and open sessions up to the general public. (Any interests and abilities are welcome so if it sounds of interest, get in touch!)

Doncaster Young Writers, based at The Point, will also get involved, and the residency will end with a publication showcasing some of the work from the project, and contributors will be invited to come and read their work at a special launch in the gallery space.

Helen Jones, Assistant Director at Darts says: We’re excited about working with Lydia, seeing what she creates herself and how she inspires participants to explore creative writing stimulated by our exhibitions.

Lydia says: I’m really excited for this opportunity! It’s fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to all the creative possibilities that will come from the exhibitions.  

Lydia Allison is a Sheffield-born poet, writing facilitator and creative mentor. She is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School (MA) and the Writing Squad.  Her work had appeared both online and in print, including in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets, PN Review, Now Then, Ink Sweat & Tears, United Jotters, and PUSH. She enjoys a range of modern and contemporary writers. Her other favourite things in life are the Yorkshire countryside and cake for breakfast. Follow her on twitter @LydiarAllison

If you’re interested and an adult attending a group at Darts, let your group leader or Darts reception team know. Or look out for workshop announcements in the near future!

Gallery photos courtesy of James Mulkeen

Part of the Hatch programme – Next steps for young writers in South Yorkshire. Supported by Darts (Doncaster Community Arts)