Beehive Poets Calendar


Guest Readers and Programme  

poetry readings start at 8.00 for 8.30 p.m.

Monday 13th. May

Guest Readers.

Nell Farrell


Nell Farrell

Nell Farrell grew up in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, and loves sharing her birthplace with D H Lawrence. She has since lived in Hull, France, York and Liverpool but has now lived in Sheffield longer than anywhere else.

She works as Community Participation Officer at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and as a creative writing tutor.

Her first pamphlet, The Wrong Evangeline, was published by Panshine Press in 2003 and she is one of the authors of Some Girls’ Mothers (Route 2009), a collection of six creative non-fiction pieces about mothers and daughters which was accompanied by a national reading tour.

A Drink With Camus After the Match was pubished by Smith/Doorstop in 2011.

Her poems have appeared in three recent anthologies The Sheffield Anthology (Smith/Doorstop 2012), Versions of the North (Five Leaves Press 2013) and CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets(Smith Doorstop 2014). She was one of the 14 poets involved in The Animal Gaze, a collaboration between The Poetry Business and The University of Sheffield in 2014.

Her  pamphlet Mermaids and Other Devices has been published (March 2015) by Moormaid Press, a small press based in Macclesfield and run by poet Ailsa Holland. Nell is delighted to be Moormaid’s very first pamphlet, alongside Canal Laureate Jo Bell’s first collection Navigation.


Robert Powell


Robert Powell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in York, UK.  He is a writer and poet with a wide-ranging background in journalism, the arts, and urban design. He has published three poetry collections — ‘Harvest of Light’ (2007), ‘All’ (2015) and ‘Riverain’ (2018).  I’ve also produced A Small Box of River, an artist’s book and exhibition combining my poems and drawings by Jake Attree — and The River Speaks, a short film funded by the Canal & River Trust.

Monday 15th. April

Read Around

Bring poems to read and share good conversation in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Monday 22th. April

Poetry Workshop.

Bring six copies of work in progress, work to edit or a poem your not happy with and get intelligent and constructive criticism, no nit picking! This will be followed by a read around.

Monday 29th. April

John Sugden Evening,

to celebrate the work that John has done in creating and running the Beehive Poets Group for the past twenty years.  Most of the considerable work that he has done over the years has been unseen, but has maintained a situation where we have all been able to enjoy fine poetry and grow as writers, both from the weekly workshops but more importantly, from the contact that we have had with excellent guest readers and with each other. That we have been able to meet every week for so long is an amazing achievement, not equaled by any similar group that we know, and a result of John’s wise and skilful stewardship in setting the standards and the tone.

We also wish to celebrate John as a poet. He has contributed his poems to weekly ‘read arounds’ and those of us who have known him for long have a good idea how fine a poet he is. The whole evening will be dedicated to John’s poems and we will be able to hear some of his poems from his own lips, and a lot more read by members of the audience. If you would like to read one of John’s poems on the night, please let us know. We will have use of the familiar cozy room and refreshments  will also be provided. 

Please come and join us on this important occasion in the life of The Beehive Writers’ Group. We hope to see you all there.


Monday 6th. May

This is a bank holiday, but if anyone wishes to turn up with a poem, there will be a

Read Around

Monday 13th. May

Guest Readers

Monday 20th. May

Read Around

Bring poems to read and share good conversation in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.




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