So, as predicted, uploading past projects to my site has become a distance possiblity over the last few months for a very good reason – the launching of a new project and writers’ hub, Hive South Yorkshire, which, in a nutshell, supports young people, (14 to 25) from across the region, to reach their writing potential.
I’m so pleased to be working with some great writers, and formal and steering partners, through Hive. It’s a project I really believe in, and one I can bring so many of the skills I’ve developed around young people and writing facilitation over the years.
There’s no point repeating everything that’s on the Hive website, I’ll just say, here’s what Hive offers young writers, if that’s you, or you work with, or know, young people who are interested in writing, please spread the word.
We’re also looking for new community, school and arts partners to collaborate with on exciting outreach projects that encourage wider participation in writing-related happenings, and remove barriers to writing. These goals are very important to me. I want all young people, regardless of ability or background, to feel they can be a part of this network and young writers’ community.
Hive’s first workshop ,with Saju Ahmed, had so much energy, I’m hoping a new spoken word group will come out of it through our partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. Below is a link to Saju and myself pre-workshop on BBC Radio Sheffield talking about Saju’s journey with poetry, and about Hive, and being a dyslexic writer.
For all things Hive check out: www.hivesouthyorkshire.com
Photo: Young writers at awesome arts open mic event, Verse Matters. Hive will be teaming up with Verse Matter next month for it’s first young writers open Mic. Hope to see you there!