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 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

 

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 leads the Discovery and Artistry strands of Paper Nations.

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, she leads the Audience and Innovation strands of the project. Her work supports opportunities for writers committed to developing their practice.

Research Assistants

Joanna Nissel

Joanna Nissel

A graduate of Bath Spa University’s MA Creative Writing programme, Joanna has worked in workshops, literary magazines, and investigated the barriers facing young carers. Her work at Paper Nations concerns communications, design, and digital development, including our mapping research methodology and our online platforms.

Dr Greg Bond

Dr Greg Bond

Greg has a background in co-produced research and participatory arts alongside a PhD in Geography from the University of Bristol. At Paper Nations, his work involves supporting engagement activities and project coordination, which underpin the Paper Nations programme. Greg has particularly supported the development of the Writer Development Cycle.

Support Staff

Laura Holdship (On Maternity Leave) & Louise Chapman (Maternity Cover)

Laura and Louise support the administrative aspects of our partnerships and in particular are responsible for the management of sustainability contracts, databases, and documentation.

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