Bambo Soyinka

Director of the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education
Professor Bambo Soyinka

Bambo is a Professor of Story at Bath Spa University. With more than a decade’s experience in multi-platform storytelling and production, she has initiated and directed projects across the UK and internationally. As the director of TRACE, Bambo guides our creative vision and projects. She makes vital connections within the university and across the globe, ensuring that we hear from, develop relationships with, and learn from creatives working in research.

Associate Directors

Professor Amanda Bayley

Professor of Music, Amanda, leads an interdisciplinary research group on Intercultural Communication through Practice and is a Co-Investigator on two projects funded by the European Research Council: ‘Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice’ (2015-2020); and ‘Interactive Research in Music as Sound: Transforming Digital Musicology’ (2017-2022). 

Amanda is co-editing the book, Turkish Makam Instruments and Voices in Contemporary Music, which will launch a new book series with Routledge on Transcultural Musical Practices. She is Humanities Editor for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies. Her research focuses on composer-performer collaborations and analysis of creative processes.

Roger Griffith

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. In the 1980’s Roger worked as a senior manager in local government where he specialised in social housing, empowering communities and working on a number of schemes to develop BAME staff.

He contributes to Bristol 24/7 and 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 is currently preparing and researching his second book, Reflections Across A New Black Atlantic, featuring his personal insight and connections across the African Diaspora.

Dr Anil de Sequeira

While gaining his doctorate at London Southbank University, Anil developed a time-temperature indicator for stored food using enzymes extracted from bananas. Since then, he has worked on several research and industrial

projects, having had a career in higher education since 1994 and research since 1989.

He is currently External Affairs Coordinator (Biology) and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Food with Nutrition at Bath Spa University. His role as External Affairs Co-ordinator involves his working with colleagues to improve externally-facing work. An active member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) for 29 years; he is a Fellow of the IFST, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK.

Dr Penny Hay

Dr Penny Hay is an artist and educator, Research Fellow, Reader, and Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, as well as Director of Research, House of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on how we support children’s learning identity as artists.

Penny coordinates the South West Creative Education Hub, is a member of the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre at Bath Spa University, Royal Society of Arts Innovative Education Network, Cultural Learning Alliance, HundrED and Crafts Council Learning Advisory Groups and Visiting Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art.

Penny is Co-Investigator on the AHRC Global Challenges Research project ‘Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability: Compound 13 Lab’ in Mumbai. She was awarded by Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education and by Creative Bath for her work in creative education.

Dr Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Having completed an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English literature at the University of California, Irvine, Carrie has a wide range of research interests including anglophone poetries, prose poetry, flash fiction, ecopoetry, and creative writing pedagogy.

Carrie has published four collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other periodicals and anthologies. She also publishes essays, short fiction, and reviews.

The Tack Room Team

The core research team behind TRACE are housed in what was once a tack room at Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court campus, filled with saddles and stirrups. The tack room team work alongside director, Professor Bambo Soyinka, to expand the reach of TRACE.

Lucy Sweetman

Senior Lecturer
Lucy Sweetman

Lucy has 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.

Feeding into both TRACE and its sister project, Paper Nations, Lucy co-authored the Writer Development Cycle (a teaching tool that uses the Writer’s Cycle) and has developed our understanding of the writing and creative ecologies, which underpins our work. She runs teaching sessions which fall under the Dare to Write? Academy, often focusing on creative writing practice in the contemporary world.

Management Team

Dr Greg Bond

Greg has a background in co-produced research and participatory arts, recently gaining a PhD in Geography from the University of Bristol. Although a core member of the Paper Nations team, Greg spends half of his time working on TRACE. His work involves supporting community engagement and project coordination, as well as strategic guidance and relationship development. Greg’s major contribution has been towards the development of video content for TRACE and Paper Nations.

Joanna Nissel

Joanna Nissel

A graduate of Bath Spa University’s MA Creative Writing programme, Joanna has worked in literary magazines and investigated the barriers facing young carers. While most of her time is spent supporting Paper Nations, Joanna also works behind the scenes at TRACE on the centre’s organisational and communications strategies, helping to develop digital outputs.