Calling all young people (14-25)!


Verse Matters is teaming up with Hive South Yorkshire to run a young people’s open mic on Thursday 27 October at the Moor Theatre Deli in Sheffield!

If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars, or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words, ideas and talents in a warm atmosphere.

Events are open to all, both new and experienced. As always with Verse Matters we aim to create a supportive space for all performers. We have a limited number of slots on the night for first timers or go-on-then people who prefer not to think about it beforehand!

Where: Thurs 27 Oct | 7.30pm – 10pm

Where: Theatre Delicatessen, the Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PF


We will be collecting food for the S2 Food Bank as always at Verse Matters (tinned and dried food)

There will also be featured performances from Will Banks and Anna May Fox:

Will Banks

Will Banks came to Rotherham Young Writers when he was 16 with a solo interest in journalism. It wasn’t long before he realised he really liked poetry (often with a bit of comedy) and was writing reams of the stuff. His new found interest in wordery took him to a degree in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University where he got stuck into slams and poetry open mics aplenty. Will is currently studying a PGCE in Primary Education and plans to take his love of creative writing into the classroom to inspire the next generation.

Ann May Fox

A recent graduate from UEA’s Creative Writing Course and a proud alumnus of Sheffield Young Writers (SYW), Anna May Fox is beautiful, hilarious and talented… and also writes all her own introductions. When she grows up, she would like to become a proper writer. Over the years at SYW, Anna May went from mouse-shy to rather loud and we like to think the group influenced her decision to keep scribbling. Anna was named one of the top ‘25 Vloggers Under 25 Who Are Owning The World Of YouTube’ by Huffington Post in 2014 and you can check out her awesome channel here:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hive Young Writers’ Verse Matters!

A partnership between Hive South Yorkshire, Verse Matters & Off the Shelf Festival of Words

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