As a continuation of our ‘Apart Together’ digital project, The Poetry Business has partnered up with Hive South Yorkshire to host three digital residencies in May, June and July. Each poet will be producing and posting digital content for The Poetry Business, such as blog posts, audio recordings, writing prompts and more.
Our Digital Poet-In-Residence for June is Beth Davies.
Beth Davies (she/her) is an emerging poet based in Sheffield and a member of Hive Poetry Collective. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Wales, Atrium, Rust + Moth, and The Kindling, as well as in anthologies such as Candlestick Press’ Ten Poems about Flowers and Valley Press’ Verse Matters. She won second place in the 2021 Dead Cat Poetry Prize and was shortlisted in the 2021 New Poets Prize. She is a graduate of Sheffield Young Writers, The Writing Squad and of Durham University Slam Team. More information about her work can be found at bethdaviespoet.wordpress.com
“I’m hoping to use my residency to explore how poetry can be used as a way of seeing the significance of things that are often overlooked or taken for granted. I’ll be writing in praise of mundane things, like bullet points or clouds or letters, and thinking about how the act of writing about something can be a way of asserting that it matters.”
Hive Young Writers’ Network is a writer development project for young writers (aged 14 to 30). Through writing groups, writers’ days with professional writers, partnership projects, mentorship, competitions, publications and live events, Hive support young writers to develop – whatever their background, experience or interest.
South Yorkshire has an abundance of talented young poets, many of whom are part of the Hive Young Writers network and members of Hive groups in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham. Among them are prize winners of accolades such as Foyle Young Poet of the Year, the Young Northern Writers Award and the New Poets Prize.
For more information: www.hivesouthyorkshire.com