Katharine is Subject Leader for Publishing at Bath Spa, having successfully developed the subject over the last eight years across a degree programme 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.
Katharine has over fifteen 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 and specialist technical support throughout the three years of the BA. Other courses in BA Journalism and Publishing, MA Children's Publising build on our expertise in delivering industry informed, innovative learning and graduate employability. Our students are in demand and have been recruited into a wide range of print and digital publishing, and related roles across the UK.
Katharine has developed many modules such as Create Lab, The Commissioning Editor, Digital Social Enterprise, Food Writing and Editing. Katharine set up Bath Spa University's student magazine, MILK, now managed by Caroline Harris and run each year by a new team of year 3 Publishing students.
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 six 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. The Experiment has been commissioned for many events such as Bath Digital Festival (3 years), and TEDxYouth Bath November (3 years), TEDxBristol (2 years), and the BBC to work with their social media team on the Children's Global Media Summit.
Katharine is actively involved in the local community as a Director of Bath Bridge, a multi-sector consultancy; and was consultation lead/author of the 2015–20 Cultural and Creative Strategy for Bath and North-East Somerset Council; she has worked as part of the development team on Forest of Imagination (2014–); and ‘House of Imagination’ (2015–).
- Create Lab: Future Producers
- Digital Natives (open module)
- Editorial: Copywriting and editing.
- Digital Social Enterprise
- Editorial: New Product Development
- Contemporary Publishing: The Business of Publishing
- Science Journalism and Publishing.
- Digital Publishing
- The Commissioning Editor
- Professional Writing
- Food Writing and Editing
- Literary Journal
- Science Publishing Project
- Digital Content Strategy
- Jane Austen: Novels, Life, Afterlife (MA - Jane Austen's World)
- Storyworlds: Making Digital Narratives (MA Creative Writing)
- Multiplatform Publishing.
- BA(Hons) - Manchester Metropolitan University
- Fellow - Royal Society of Arts
- Director and Founding member - Bath Bridge (2012 –)
- Executive Committee member - APE (Association of Publishers in Education)
- Director - Craneworks, a Bath-based STEAM development project (2013–2016).
- Creative industries: Publishing (e.g. business and editorial strategy, commissioning and list development, audience and amplification), nonfiction writing (e.g. visual arts, history, food), multiplatform multimedia digital content development, social media creative content.
External Examiner MA Publishing, University of Plymouth (2018–)
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, Bath School of Art and Design
- 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.
- Development role: House of Imagination a new creative space for children and young people in Bath
- 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
- Reader for academic publishers.
Recent professional updating
- University Finance, Aurora, 2017
- Kaos Pilot Masterclass: The Art and Craft of Designing Learning Spaces 2015
- Leadership Foundation Head of Department course 2013.
- The Role of the Editor: Publisher Perspectives (UCL Press, 2018).
- AHRC/BL 'Future of the Academic Book - Research report: The Role of the Editor' (2016-17)
- 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.
- Multiplatform publishing and digital storytelling (e.g. University of Parma art and design digital book series; Social Media Experiment)
- Commissioning Editor of the Future
- Working on new book: 18th-century literary culture and biography
Students are often involved in this research and it feeds directly into course development in the form of specialist modules such as Level 6: 'The Commissioning Editor', 'Digital Content Strategy', and MA module 'Multiplatform Publishing'.
Research and academic outputs
Reeve, K (2022) Puffin picture-books in wartime Britain. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (Forthcoming)
Reeve, K and Miller, G (2009) The rough guide to food. Rough Guides, London. ISBN 9781848360013
Reeve, K (2006) Jane Austen in Bath: walking tours of the writer's city. Little Bookroom, New York. ISBN 9781892145321
Reeve, K (2011) 'An introduction.' In: Sense and sensibility. Palazzo, Bath. ISBN 9780956494245
Reeve, K (2010) 'Introduction.' In: From painting to pattern. National Gallery/Moleskine, London; Milan. ISBN 9781857094961
Smith, C, Reeve, K, Vassilopoulos, M and Bhatt, S (2019) How to get into publishing. In: London International Book Fair, 13 March 2019, Olympia, London, UK.
Reeve, K (2018) Reimagining the university press commissioning editor for the 21st century. In: University Press Redux Conference, 13 - 14 February 2018, British Library, London, UK.
Reeve, K (2017) The role of the academic publisher. In: Academic Book Week, 23 - 28 January 2017, South Bank University, London, UK.
Reeve, K (2017) Academic publishing and the research ecosystem. In: Creating the Future of Academic Publishing – Strengthening the Research Ecosystem (part of Academic Book Week), 23 January 2017, South Bank University, London, UK.
Reeve, K (2017) Your career as a researcher and academic author. In: Creating the Future of Academic Publishing – Strengthening the Research Ecosystem (part of Academic Book Week), 23 January 2017, South Bank University, London, UK.
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.
Reeve, K (2015) The future editor: creative producers for a digital age. In: By the Book: International Symposium, 18 - 20 June 2015, Florence, Italy.
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.
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.
Reeve, K (2013) Gloves off! How are writers, editors and readers feeling about digital? In: London International Book Fair, 15-17 April 2013, London.
Reeve, K (2012) Teaching digital. In: Bath Digital Festival, 15-25 March 2012, Bath, UK.
Reeve, K (2012) The Future Editorial Product for the publishing industry's international annual digital conference. In: FutureBook Conference, 3 December 2012, London, UK.
Reeve, K (2012) Digital Narratives: from idea to publication. In: MIX. Merging Intermedia Conference, 16-18 July 2012, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
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.
Reeve, K (2012) Jane Austen Goes digital: new fictions, new technologies. In: First Fictions, 21 January 2012, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Reeve, K (2011) Chair of panel on Jane Austen. In: Children's Bath Literature Festival, September 2011, Bath, UK.
Reeve, K (2009) From field to plate: author talk. In: Bridport Literary Festival, November 2009, Bridport, UK.
Reeve, K (2015) Bath and North East Somerset Council: Cultural and Creative Strategy Review 2015-2020.
Reeve, K (2015) Life of a book (fiction).
Reeve, K (2015) 'White magic: the age of paper' by Lothar Müller, translated by Jessica Spengler [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2012) The woman reader [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2012) Jane Austen’s cults and cultures [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2012) Hello avatar: rise of the networked generation [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2012) The Social Media Experiment.
Reeve, K (2012) Digital courses adviser.
Reeve, K (2011) The grand chorus of complaint: authors and the business ethics of American publishing [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2011) BBC FOOD: various articles.
Reeve, K (2010) Merchants of culture: the publishing business in the twenty-first century [book review]. Times Higher Education.
Reeve, K (2009) Various editorial reports for publishers.