Meet the team that makes up Paper Nations!

Based at Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Transnational Creativity and Education, the core team is made up of writers, researchers, and academics, all working to improve the state of creative writing in the upper South West and beyond. We are supported by partners, co-producers, and governance boards. For more information, head to our channel partners page.

Executive Development Producer

Professor Bambo Soyinka

Professor Bambo Soyinka

Bambo is an award-winning writer, director and curator. With more than a decade’s experience in multi-platform storytelling and production, she has initiated and directed projects across the UK and internationally.

Associate Authors

We are proud to have a team of award winning and innovative writers on board to guide Paper Nations as associate authors and directors.

Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman

Associate Author

David Almond

David Almond

Children’s Writing Champion

Kit De Waal

Kit De Waal

Associate Author

Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer

Associate Author
Photo credit: Paul Musso

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna

Associate Director (International)

Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger

Director of Innovation Strand

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon

Associate Author
Photo credit: Bella West

 

Leadership Unit

Governance Group – Roger Griffiths

Roger is a social entrepreneur, lecturer, and engaged in several community and social action projects. He was the Executive Chair for 11 years at Ujima Radio, where he is also a broadcaster. He contributes to Bristol 24/7 and is a film curator with the Come the Revolution collective at Bristol Watershed. In 2018, Roger was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal for his community and voluntary work on race equality. He was recently awarded an MBE.

Creative Advisory Group – Dr Andy Salmon

Across his career, Andy has focused on working with under-represented students. After gaining his PhD in Modernist Literature, Andy has spent more than 20 years working in schools, universities, and educational and outreach programmes for young people. As pro-vice Chancellor of Bath Spa, his role focuses on innovation in applied arts, humanities, and social sciences. He brings this expertise to his work leading the Creative Advisory Group.

The Tack Room Team

Housed in what was once a Bath Spa University tack room, filled with saddles and stirrups, the tack room team is the core research team behind Paper Nations. Along with Executive Development Producer, Professor Bambo Soyinka, the tack room team are on the ground every day working to make Writing for All a reality.

Creative Producers

Lucy Sweetman

Lucy Sweetman

Lucy spent more than twenty years working with disadvantaged young people in the UK, Europe, and Australia. Her most recent work has focused on children in care and care leavers. Her ethnographic research into the lives of writers has directly informed the themes and approaches explored in academy workshops and events. Lucy has been involved with Paper Nations in various capacities since its inception in 2015 and now leads our Discovery and Artistry strands.

Dr Amy Spencer

Dr Amy Spencer

Amy is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction with a background in project management and research, particularly of experimental forms of digital writing. At Paper Nations, Amy leads the Audience and Innovation strands of the project and pioneered our commissioning strategies. Her work supports opportunities for writers committed to developing their practice.

Management Team

Joanna Nissel

Joanna Nissel – Engagement Manager

A graduate of Bath Spa University’s MA Creative Writing programme, Joanna has experience in schools, literary magazines, as a Dare to Write? Library workshop leader (or ‘Book Pilot’) and has investigated the barriers facing young carers. Joanna began at Paper Nations as a communications research assistant and has since progressed to the Engagement Manager. Her work concerns communications, project management, design, and digital development, including our mapping research methodology and our online platforms.

Dr Greg Bond

Dr Greg Bond – Project Manager

Greg has a background in co-produced research and participatory arts alongside a PhD in Geography from the University of Bristol. After nearly two years as a research assistant in engagement with Paper Nations, Greg has since relocated to his home country of Yorkshire and now supports our work on an ad-hoc basis as a Project Manager. His work involves supporting engagement activities and overarching project coordination, which underpin the Paper Nations programme. Greg has particularly supported the development of the Writer’s Cycle.

Laura Holdship – Arts and Partnerships Manager

Laura first came on board with Paper Nations in 2015 as our Partnerships Administrator. Her keen insight and systems expertise offer us valuable practical guidance on our creative projects. She works closely with Louise on the administrative aspects of Paper Nations, focusing on partnership management and alignment with our overall aims.

Louise Chapman – Events and Bookings Manager

Part time professional baker, Louise, initially joined Paper Nations as maternity cover for Laura but we found her support so invaluable, we couldn’t let her go. Louise’s role concerns the administrative aspects of our work, in particular the sustainability of contracts and support with our databases, events, and documentation.

Professional Writers

We also draw on a number of professional writers including: children’s author Chris Vick (right) who has taken on a leading role in relation to our Advisory and Partners Network, Katy Hancock, poet Sophie Dumont (left), Helen Rana, and Christina Sanders, who will be leading on our newsletters.

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