The festival is a celebration of books and writing focusing on inclusion and accessibility. The festival is also part of broader research driven by Carolyn Jess-Cooke in ways to improve inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility in live literature. The Stay-at-Home! Festival will be used to further develop The Writer’s Cycle and to explore its value as a vehicle for Knowledge Exchange and festival evaluation.
The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival is founded by Principle Investigator, Dr Carolyn Jess Cooke, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.
As well as a creative writing incubator, Paper Nations is a research entity based at Bath Spa University. Our expertise lies in writer-led approaches to learning with a focus on exploration and community. Our research usually involves collaboration, through initiatives such as workshops, events, case studies, mentoring and CPD schemes, and more. This has resulted in the production of The Writers Cycle, a theory of how writers learn and develop their craft. The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival will contribute to this research.