Winter at The Hive

Creative Writing Reading Series: Stephen Aryan

Wednesday 13 March, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Stephen Aryan's debut novel, Battlemage, was published in 2015 and was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. Battlemage went on to win the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France after a public vote. The sequels were both published in 2016, completing the Age of Darkness trilogy. His second trilogy, the Age of Dread, was published from 2017-2019.

Since 2020, Stephen has been writing with Angry Robot books. His most recent signing is The Judas Blossom, the first instalment in a Persian inspired fantasy trilogy published in July 2023. The Judas Blossom has been described as an "imaginative and sprawling reimagining of the Mongol Empire's invasion of Persia".

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Women's History Month: A Queen for All Seasons screening

Thursday 14 March, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Actor Joanna Lumley and Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah talk to host and broadcaster Moira Stuart about the 70-year reign and extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth II, from the early 1950s to the present day. Filmed as part of the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the conversation forms a vibrant portrait of the woman herself and the extraordinary role she played.

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Ignite: Celebrating Women in Business

Wednesday 20 March, 6pm-8:30pm

Inspired by the 2024 International Women's Day theme 'Invest in Women', The Hive is proud to welcome six local female business owners for a panel discussion about their experiences in the world of business. The panel will talk about their journeys in starting and running their own businesses, the highs and lows they've encountered along the way and the challenges faced specifically by women in the world of business. This event aims to empower, inspire, and support those looking to find the motivation they need to start or grow their business.

There will also be an opportunity to network with likeminded women and a Q&A session with the panellists. Tea and coffee will be provided - please bring a reusable cup if you're able.

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Meet the Panel:

Dr Emma Philpott MBE
CEO of IASME, Founder and Manager or the UK Cyber Security Forum who was awarded an MBE for services to cyber security.

Claire Hill
Founder of Hill HR, looking after over 300 small businesses across the UK with a team of 3, and mum to two teenagers.

Suki Pantal
Culinary educator, cookbook author and Founder of Suki's Curries and Spices, a blend of her Indian heritage and culinary expertise.

Catt Standen
Visual Artist, Curator and Creative, featured in three issues of British VOGUE and, most recently, Creative Director of Worcester's Starlight Lantern Parade 2023.

Lucy Barkas
Leadership and Team Development Coach and Author, Founder of 3WH with a mission is to empower leaders and teams through coaching, consultancy and experiential development programmes.

Angela Podmore, Strategic Consultant, Pearl Comms & PR
Nearing 40 years experience in PR consultancy, with experience and accolades spanning almost every sector, discipline, medium and territory.


History in the Making anthology launch

Tuesday 26 March, 7pm-9pm
The Studio

Join us for the launch of the book and poetry trail that accompany the History in the Making project and exhibition. Both items will be available for free, thanks to the generosity of Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation and Worcester City Council. 

FREE - no booking required.


Creative Writing Reading Series: Wendy Allen, Charley Barnes & Claire Walker

Wednesday 17 April, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join poets Wendy Allen, Charley Barnes and Claire Walker to celebrate Allen and Barnes' new collection, 'free bleeding'. An experimental work formed of poetry, prose poems and love letters between authors, this evening's three-way conversation will address the growing field of menstrual poetics and why Allen and Barnes felt drawn into contributing to this fascinating body of work. The evening will also consist of readings from Allen and Barnes, alongside an 'in conversations with' format involving poet and editor Claire Walker, who will address themes, topics and, above all else, the female friendship that forged this collection. Signed copies of the book will also be available. 

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