Delighted to have worked with Hive young poet Lauren Hollingsworth Smith to edit her first full-length collection, Look How Alive, at the bonkers age of 20! It’s a brilliant, vulnerable, unapologetic read and I’m so proud of her. Lauren first joined us at Rotherham Young Writers when she was around 15 and I had the privilege of watching her grow into her voice through the group. At 18 she was a winner of the New Poets Prize with her debut pamphlet Ugly Bird. When she moved to uni she joined the Hive Poetry Collective I run online. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Lauren over the years and seeing her go from strength to strength.
💖💖💖 wouldn’t be possible without the opportunities, support and guidance from Vicky and Hive! Words can’t describe my gratitude@HiveSouthYorks 🙏 💖💖💖 https://t.co/v15qi9nHTE
— Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith (@LHS_Poetess) September 7, 2022
Lauren launches Look How Alive (Write Bloody UK) on Saturday 1st Oct at Dina Sheffield. Supporting poets include Iain Whiteley and another (TBC).