Annie Holmes BA Hons MFA

Manager Research Uptake

About Annie Holmes

Research Uptake, STRIVE consortium, tackling the structural drivers of HIV


A writer and filmmaker, Annie Holmes is originally from Zimbabwe. She worked in South Africa and the US before moving to the UK where she directs STRIVE's Knowledge into Action team, developing the strategies, skills and materials to ensure the uptake and use of the consortium's agenda and findings.

The range of her previous experience includes:

From 2003, Annie developed communications and knowledge strategy for JASS, a network of 200+ organisations in 26 countries in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America/Mexico. Before that, she made 30+ documentaries and TV series, most through her own production companies in Zimbabwe and South Africa. In her twenties, after two years' teaching in a township high school after national independence, Annie co-headed the editorial department of the Zimbabwe Publishing House. She has BA and BA Hons degrees in literature from the Universities of Cape Town and Johannesburg and an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

In addition to short stories in anthologies and literary journals, Annie Holmes' publications include:



Disease and Health Conditions



  • India
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

Other interests

  • Communications
  • Evidence into practice
  • Feminism
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • HIV
  • communications strategy
  • research uptake
  • structural drivers
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