Luke Worthy

July Digital Poet-in-Residence: Luke Worthy

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 July is Luke Worthy.

About Luke

Luke Worthy is a poet and fiction writer from Sheffield based in Amsterdam. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies including Poetry Wales, Youth Word Up, Halfway Smile (2018) and Surfing the Twilight (2019). His work was shortlisted for the 2021 New Poet’s Prize. In 2019, he was shortlisted in the Street Cake Experimental Writing Prize, and a featured poet in Eelyn Lee’s Britishness documentary. Luke is an alumnus of Sheffield Young Writers and a member of Hive’s Poetry Collective. He studies literature in Amsterdam and when he’s not writing, turns pop-culture figures into clay slugs.

“I’ve been thinking about Cavafy inspired writing prompts and reflections, poems that travel back in time to rescue figures lost from the historical record, and thinking about how poetry can create its own historical archive. I’m also fascinated by idioms/sayings from other countries, especially those in Dutch, and want to use them to inspire new writing. I already have a poem based on a Dutch saying which means ‘my cat is deader than your cat’; it’s used for those people who must always have it worse than you.”

About Hive

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.

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