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The Production Team

Steering Group

  • Henry Sutton

    UEA Team

    Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction, and the Director of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of 14 novels and a collection of short stories, including My Criminal World, Kids’ Stuff (which was adapted for the stage, and received an Arts Council Writer’s Award), and Get Me Out Of Here. The first in his new crime series, The Hotel Inspector: Mallorca, will be published by Kampa Verlag (Berlin, Zurich) in spring 2021. He also co-edited a collection of essays, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

  • Jean McNeil

    UEA Team

    Jean McNeil is the author of 14 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and travel. Her work has been shortlisted for or won several international awards. Most recently, her account of a year spent as writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, Ice Diaries, (ECW Press) won the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Grand Prize and was named as one of the best nature books of 2018 by the Guardian. A new novel, Day for Night, is forthcoming in May, 2021. At UEA she is Professor of Creative Writing and Co-ordinator of the International programme for Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

  • Tessa McWatt

    UEA Team

    Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. She is one of the winners of the Eccles British Library Award 2018 for her first non-fiction book, Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging, which won the 2020 Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction. She co-edited, with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj, Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada. She is also a librettist, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and is on the Board of Trustees at Wasafiri.

  • Tim Wright

    Executive Producer (Digital)

    Tim Wright is a writer, crossplatform producer, interactive consultant and tutor, who has worked at the cutting edge of digital media since 1994. He was a director of two successful dotcom entertainment startups in the 1990s – NoHo Digital & XPT. His writing credits include two BAFTA-winning interactive projects: the comedy self help disk ‘Mind Gym’ and web & email drama ‘Online Caroline’.

    Tim has consulted, produced and written for many high profile cross media projects in the entertainment & arts industries and also in the education and public information sectors. He led the Creative Producing for Digital Platforms Diploma course at the National Film and TV School – and in 2018 became the school’s first Acting Head of Immersive, helping to launch the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling.

UEA Leads

  • Justine Mann

    UEA Lead - Tash Aw

    Justine Mann is Lead Archivist for the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at UEA and is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She works with researchers and writers to curate public exhibits of literary archival material that illuminate the creative process, the most recent of which was Doris Lessing 100.

  • Sophie Scott-Brown

    UEA Lead - Mitch Johnson

    Sophie Scott-Brown is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of East Anglia with research interests in modern British politics, activist lives and performance theory. Her book, The Histories of Raphael Samuel: A Portrait of a People’s Historian (ANU Press, 2017) examined the political imagination of the first British New Left through the life of its elusive founder. She is currently writing a biography of Colin Ward, the most prominent British anarchist writer of the twentieth century.

  • Jos Smith

    UEA Lead - Mona Arshi

    Jos Smith is a lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Academic Director of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at UEA. He has published widely on the relationship between literature and cultural geography, and literature and the environmental movement. He also publishes poetry and non-fiction.

  • Rebecca Stott

    UEA Lead - Imogen Hermes Gowar

    Rebecca Stott is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at UEA, a radio broadcaster and writer. She is the author of fourteen books including most recently the Costa-award-winning memoir In the Days of Rain, the novels Ghostwalk and The Coral Thief and several books on the history of science such as Darwin and the Barnacle and Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists. She is currently writing a historical novel set in the sixth century in the ruins of Londinium after the evacuation of the Romans. She is a regular broadcaster for Radio Four’s A Point of View.

  • Steve Waters

    UEA Lead - James McDermott

    Steve Waters is a playwright and Professor of Scriptwriting at UEA; his many plays for the stage include Temple and Limehouse for the Donmar Warehouse, and his diptych of plays on climate change The Contingency Plan first staged at The Bush Theatre in 2009 and to be revived by Donmar/Theatre Clwyd in 2021; he also writes for radio with award-winning recent multi-part podcasts such as Fall of the Shah and Miriam and Youssef for BBC World Service. He is currently embarking on an AHRC funded Leadership Fellowship scheme ‘The Song of the Reeds: Dramatising Conservation’; his books include The Secret Life of Plays and the forthcoming A Life in 16 Films.

  • Jean McNeil

    UEA Lead - Ayobami Adebayo

    Jean McNeil is the author of 14 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and travel. Her work has been shortlisted for or won several international awards. Most recently, her account of a year spent as writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, Ice Diaries, (ECW Press) won the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Grand Prize and was named as one of the best nature books of 2018 by the Guardian. A new novel, Day for Night, is forthcoming in May, 2021. At UEA she is Professor of Creative Writing and Co-ordinator of the International programme for Literature, Drama and Creative Writing.

CHASE Researchers

  • Sasha Bergstrom-Katz

    Researcher & Website Editor

    Sasha Bergstrom-Katz is an artist and researcher working on a practice-led PhD in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck. She completed her MFA in Art at the University of California, Irvine in 2018. She exhibits internationally and is looking toward residencies at the Inter Arts Center (IAC) University of Lund, Sweden and The Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). Her research spans artistic methodology, psychoanalysis, queer theory and the history and philosophy of science.

  • Wes Brown

    Researcher & Website Editor

    Wes Brown is a writer, lecturer, and researcher based at the University of Kent. He has been awarded a CHASE doctoral scholarship to research narrative nonfiction, teaches creative writing at the University of East London, and is currently writing an autobiographical novel about his time as a pro wrestler.

Digital Production Partners

  • Guildhall Live Events (GLE)

    Production Partner - Mitch, James, Tash

    Guildhall Live Events (GLE) brings together art and technology to create cutting-edge experiences for diverse audiences. The income they generate goes back into supporting Guildhall School of Music & Drama, one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools.

  • Mutiny

    Production Partner - Ayobami, Imogen, Mona

    Mutiny is a cross artform organisation that creates and develops new projects.

    Their work tells stories by combining performance, theatre and digital.

  • GRIT Digital

    Website design & development

    A multi-award-winning creative digital agency.