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
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.
We are proud to have a team of award winning and innovative writers on board to guide Paper Nations as associate authors and directors.
Children’s Writing Champion
Kit De Waal
Photo credit: Paul Musso
Associate Director (International)
Director of Innovation Strand
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.