Katharine Reeve

  • Subject Leader in Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Email: K.Reeve@bathspa.ac.uk
  • School or Department: CoLA - Digital Academy
  • Office: NP.CM.205

Personal statement

Katharine is Subject Leader for Publishing at Bath Spa, having successfully developed the subject over the last six years across two degree programmes and into a range of subject areas. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Katharine is an award-winning nonfiction writer with over 15 years industry experience at senior level in international nonfiction, illustrated and academic book publishing, specialising in art, design and architecture, history and cultural history.

Previously Editorial Director and Senior Commissioning Editor for History and Visual Arts at Oxford University Press, she has worked with well-known and first-time authors, shaping ideas and research into manuscripts which – together with carefully-chosen images and engaging design – offer the reader intelligent and challenging, yet accessible, books.

Curriculum development

Katharine has over 15 years experience at MA, BA and FD level of innovative, creative course design and teaching at Bath Spa University and Plymouth University.

She designed the Publishing Course at Bath Spa as the first studio-based digital-creative publishing course in the UK, with industry project work throughout the three years of the BA. Innovation and graduate employability are embedded within the course and students being recruited into a wide range of print and digital publishing, and related roles across the UK.

Katharine has developed many innovative, creative, digital and industry-focused modules such as Create Lab, Digital Social Innovation and Enterprise, Food Writing and Editing. Katharine set up Bath Spa University's digital student magazine, MILK, now managed by Caroline Harris and run each year by a new team of year 3 Publishing students: www.milkonline.org.uk

She is Director of the highly-successful Social Media Experiment which evolved out of an industry collaboration with X Media Lab, the international digital creativity think-tank and has been running for four years. This gives students a unique opportunity to work with leading, international experts in the field of digital entertainment, creating content across social media platforms: www.xmlbath.wordpress.com The Experiment has been commissioned for many events such as Bath Digital Festival (3 years), and TEDxYouth Bath November (2 years), and TEDxBristol.

Katharine is actively involved in the local community as a Director of Bath Bridge, a multi-sector consultancy; consultation lead/author of the new cultural and creative strategy for Bath and North-East Somerset Council; she is a Trustee of the creative education research organisation, 5x5x5=creativity and has worked as part of the development team on Forest of Imagination (2014–); and ‘House of Imagination’ (2015–).

Modules designed:

Year 1:

  • Create Lab: Future Producers
  • Digital Natives (open module)
  • Editorial: Copywriting and editing.

Year 2:

  • Digital Social Innovation and Enterprise
  • Editorial: New Product Development
  • Contemporary Publishing: The Business of Publishing
  • Science Publishing.

Year 3:

  • Digital Publishing
  • The Commissioning Editor
  • Professional Writing
  • Food Writing and Editing
  • Literary Journal
  • Science Publishing Project.


  • Jane Austen: Novels, Life, Afterlife (MA Jane Austen's World)
  • Storyworlds: Making Digital Narratives (MA Creative Writing).


Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts
  • Director and Founding member of Bath Bridge (2012–)
  • Executive Committee member, APE (Association of Publishers in Education)
  • Director, Craneworks, Bath-based STEAM development project (2013–2016).

Teaching specialism

  • Creative industries: Publishing (e.g. strategy, editorial, digital content development, nonfiction writing and publishing)
  • Sources: Literature surveys and bibliographic process
  • Digital creativity (e.g. innovation, new product development, creative collaborative working)
  • Social enterprise.

Current scholarship

  • Director, ‘Future Publishers’ (2016-18), a funded research project within the ‘Paper Nations’ ACE-funded project based at BSU, working with Caroline Harris and Laura Little to develop models of best practice in creative publishing education for children and young people with the aim of increasing opportunities and encouraging greater diversity in the industry
  • Research report on 'The Role of the Editor (UK/US)' (August 2016) commissioned by the AHRC/BL 'Academic Book of the Future national research project
  • Commissioned chapter on 'The Past, Present and Future Role of the Editor' in 'Companion to Literature and Publishing' (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • Research areas: Digital Publishing; creative content development and curation (print/digital; multiplatform/ multimedia); the role of the editor; investigative journalism.
    Nonfiction subjects: 18th-century biographical subjects e.g. Hester Thrale and biography (current book project); food issues.

External examiners

External degree course validation:

  • University of Plymouth - BA (Hons) English Literature and Publishing
  • UCLAN - MA Self Publishing
  • UCA – various BA (Hons) courses across digital media, creative writing.

Other external roles

  • Management Board Member, Wunderkammer Press (BSAD)
  • Trustee: 5x5x5=Creativity, a charity which researches children and young people's creative development
  • Development role: House of Imagination a new creative space for children and young people in Bath
  • Director, Bath Bridge an independent city-wide consultancy which supports and initiates place-based, economic and social projects
  • Organising committee for Forest of Imagination arts festival (2014/ 2015 (7000 visitors) /2016 (10,000 visitors)/ 2017)
  • Project Lead: new Cultural and Creative Strategy for Bath and North East Somerset (BandNES) (2014–15); Author of strategy document (2015); public presentations of the strategy.
  • Member of Bath City Identity working party (2012-13), developed the narrative element of our (successful) proposal
  • Director and Core Team member, Craneworks: Centre for Invention
  • Creative Skillset Assessor
  • Editorial consultant (print/digital; history,art,science,food): HarperCollins, Quercus
  • Consultancy work (editorial, strategy, social media, training): HarperCollins, Quercus, National Gallery, Dutch Literature Foundation, Le Monde diplomatique, Bath Film Festival, X Media Lab Digital Think-Tank, Watershed, various digital agencies and SW universities, English Heritage, Arts Council
  • Member of Bath Digital Festival team (representing BSU)
  • Reader for academic publishers.

Recent professional updating

  • Kaos Pilot Masterclass: The Art and Craft of Designing Learning Spaces 2015
  • Leadership Foundation Head of Department course 2013.


  • AHRC/BL 'Future of the Academic Book: Research report: The Role of the Editor (August 2016)
  • Award-winning nonfiction writer: 'Rough Guide to Food' won the 2010 Guild of Food Writers Award for Investigative Writing against a shortlist which included The Observer and Radio 4, Katharine has written on this subject for the national press (BBC, Times) and taken part in online debates; she also writes for Times Higher Education, Futurebook the publishing industry digital publication and produces video interviews.

Current research:

  • Digital publishing, specifically the role of the commissioning editor as a creative producer and curator (the subject of a commissioned chapter in a forthcoming 'Routledge Companion to Literature and Publishing' - 2018; the subject of my research report for the AHRC/BL Academic Book of the Future research collaboration)
  • Director: 'Future Publishers' a funded project within the PaperNations ACE-funded BSU/Bath Festivals/ NAWE research collaboration
  • Creative practice for children and young people, especially in the area of encouraging diversity in publishing through early exposure to publishing activities (e.g. work for Forest of Imagination, House of Imagination, PaperNations funded workshop model project, 5x5x5=Creativity)
  • Students are often involved in this research and it feeds directly into course development.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

The rough guide to food

Reeve, K and Miller, G (2009) The rough guide to food. Rough Guides, London. ISBN 9781848360013

Jane Austen in Bath: walking tours of the writer's city

Reeve, K (2006) Jane Austen in Bath: walking tours of the writer's city. Little Bookroom, New York. ISBN 9781892145321

The editor's nose: the past, present and future of book commissioning

Reeve, K (2018) 'The editor's nose: the past, present and future of book commissioning.' In: Baverstock, A, Bradford, R and Gonzalez, M, eds. Routledge companion to literature and publishing. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415750226 (Forthcoming)

An Introduction to Sense and Sensibility

Reeve, K (2011) 'An Introduction to Sense and Sensibility.' In: Sense and Sensibility. Palazzo, Bath. ISBN 9780956494245


Reeve, K (2010) 'Introduction.' In: From Painting to Pattern. National Gallery/Moleskine, London; Milan. ISBN 9781857094961

What will the academic book of the future look like?

Fulton, H, McManus, D and Reeve, K (2015) What will the academic book of the future look like? In: Academic Book Week, 9 - 16 November 2015, Bristol University, Bristol, UK.

The future editor: creative producers for a digital age

Reeve, K (2015) The future editor: creative producers for a digital age. In: By the Book: International Symposium, 18 - 20 June 2015, Florence, Italy.

The ‘real’ new publishing

Reeve, K, Harris, C, Medeiros, M and West, M (2015) The ‘real’ new publishing. In: The London Book Fair, 12-14 April 2015, National Hall Gallery, London.

Cultural and Creative Strategy Review: Bath and North-East Somerset 2015-2020

Reeve, K (2015) Cultural and Creative Strategy Review: Bath and North-East Somerset 2015-2020. In: B&NES New Cultural & Creative Strategy Explained, 11 March 2015, Bath, UK.

Gloves off! How are writers, editors and readers feeling about digital?

Reeve, K (2013) Gloves off! How are writers, editors and readers feeling about digital? In: London International Book Fair, 15-17 April 2013, London.

Teaching digital

Reeve, K (2012) Teaching digital. In: Bath Digital Festival, 15-25 March 2012, Bath, UK.

The Future Editorial Product for the publishing industry's international annual digital conference

Reeve, K (2012) The Future Editorial Product for the publishing industry's international annual digital conference. In: FutureBook Conference, 3 December 2012, London, UK.

Digital Narratives: from idea to publication

Reeve, K (2012) Digital Narratives: from idea to publication. In: MIX. Merging Intermedia Conference, 16-18 July 2012, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

The Social Media Experiment: plenary session

Reeve, K (2012) The Social Media Experiment: plenary session. In: Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG): Social Media and Enterprise Education, 26 October 2012, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Jane Austen Goes digital: new fictions, new technologies

Reeve, K (2012) Jane Austen Goes digital: new fictions, new technologies. In: First Fictions, 21 January 2012, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Bath and North East Somerset Council: Cultural and Creative Strategy Review 2015-2020

Reeve, K (2015) Bath and North East Somerset Council: Cultural and Creative Strategy Review 2015-2020.

Chair of Panel on J Austen

Reeve, K (2011) Chair of Panel on J Austen. In: Children's Bath Literature Festival, Bath, UK, September 2011.

From Field to Plate: author talk

Reeve, K (2009) From Field to Plate: author talk. In: Bridport Literary Festival, Bridport, UK, November 2009.

Life of a book (fiction)

Reeve, K (2015) Life of a book (fiction).

'White magic: the age of paper' by Lothar Müller, translated by Jessica Spengler [book review]

Reeve, K (2015) 'White magic: the age of paper' by Lothar Müller, translated by Jessica Spengler [book review]. Times Higher Education.

The Social Media Experiment

Reeve, K (2012) The Social Media Experiment.

Digital courses adviser

Reeve, K (2012) Digital courses adviser.

BBC FOOD: various articles

Reeve, K (2011) BBC FOOD: various articles.

Various editorial reports for publishers

Reeve, K (2009) Various editorial reports for publishers.

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