• Why Design Matters to Debbie Millman

    Meet Debbie Millman, founder, and a host of the radio show Design Matters on Design Observer, the world’s first podcast about design and creative culture. With more than 30 years of experience working within the world of design, Debbie can also add writer, educator, artist and brand consultant to her impressive resume. We sat down for a talk about why design matters, her great passion for brands, storytelling, and New York City, how social media have affected the visual culture in the United States and the rapid development of independent publishing.

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  • It´s Time for Change

    At lot has happened within the past two months, as the structure within the team of Bookpres has changed, and some of you might have noticed the beta sign at bookpres.com. We are currently working on some new adjustments to provide you guys with a more optimized experience when using our platform and getting yourself and your work noticed.

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  • Pioneer Press – Bilingual Children´s Books

    Meet Arina Stoenescu, a graphic designer and owner of Pionier Press, which is a micro publishing house from Stockholm, Sweden. A random meeting at the London Art Book Fair earlier this year, led to an interview in Malmö, Sweden. We sat down for a talk with Arina about bilingual children´s books and their importance in a multi-cultural society, the development of independent publishing from 1991 till today and the growing Scandinavian network of small independent publishers, Publishing as (Part-Time) Practice.

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  • Coffee Table Mags

    Meet Thorsten Keller, the owner of Coffee Table Mags, which is an online magazine shop in Hamburg, Germany. We sat down for a talk with Thorsten about his huge passion for independent magazines and coffee, and the process of how to find new engaging publications for the shop and the importance of using social media to create and market a business.

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  • Soda Books

    Meet Store Manager Isabell Hummel and Sebastian Steinacker, the founder of the well-known bookshop Soda, which is located in Munich, Germany. Since 2004, Soda has offered “Curious publications for curious people”, and in January 2015, Soda began a new adventure, opening their second shop in the vibrant city of Berlin. We sat down for a talk with Isabell and Sebastian about being the first of its kind, not only in Munich, but in Germany; how Soda has evolved over the years, the process of finding new publications, and this year’s thriving success of small independent publications.

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  • Top 5 Favourite Bookshops from Berlin

    Berlin is one of my favourite cities to visit, either for a small getaway or finding new inspiration for work. Its wide streets with massive trees adorning the sidewalks characterize the city, alongside its impressive architecture, strong urban and design culture and literary scene that embraces multiple languages, colours, genres and shapes. I´m not quite sure if it is possible to create a complete list of all the Bookshops in Berlin, so instead I will share my Top 5 Favourites, which all have an inspiring selection of independent books and magazines from around the world.

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  • Mark Binmore

    I guess I have always been a writer although I was never published until 2010 with my first collection of short stories – Even When Tonight Is Over. My very first piece of work was a short story about growing up in Thatcherite Britain during the 1980s. It was called – We’re Not Going To The Opera – and re-reading it recently, I was amazed at how political it was. But it was always short stories, song lyrics, characterizations before a chance encounter with a publishing team led me to my first book.

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  • Tony Riches – UK Historical Fiction Author

    Hello to everyone on Bookpres! I started writing articles for a number of magazines and journals, then wrote my first non-fiction book, about how to manage projects. I was pleased when it became an Amazon bestseller, and the rest is history – literally, as I have always been fascinated by the fifteenth century and decided to specialize in literary, historical fiction. I’m pleased to say my last two novels have become bestsellers in the US and the UK, and I have a rapidly growing readership in Australia.

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  • FREE Ebook – Email Marketing with Bookpres

    Introducing our first publication! We have created a FREE ebook with the purpose of getting yourself and your work noticed with email marketing. This publication consist of 36 pages and is a guide to authors and publishers of independent books and magazines.

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  • How and Why to Start a Blog

    I believe that blogging can be an excellent way to hone your writing and photography skills, to create a solid portfolio, and to get your name out there. Now more than ever, blogging is taken seriously as both a career and a creative output, and plenty of agents and publishers actively seek out writers online. If you haven’t created a blog yet, or if you are in the beginning stages of blogging, here are a few things to consider.

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  • About a Book and its Cover

    Meet Mina Bach, a very talented and well-known freelance Book Designer living in London. Her style of work is based on a keen interest in typography and lettering, carrying a bit of the warmth of the Mediterranean as she is originally from Barcelona. She began her career in publishing at the age of eight as a self-published author, making series of comic books, and today she is working with some of the best within the world of traditional and independent publishing. We sat down for a talk with Mina about her journey to become a successful freelance Book Designer, what makes a good cover, and five tips on things one should consider when briefing a Book Designer.

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  • Christopher D. Sims

    I heard early rap/hip-hop music brought into the household by my older brothers, Jeff and Lance. It amazed me – what I was hearing. A light clicked inside me. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Creating clever, intelligent, and crafty raps – it was the truth and the light to me. I started writing soon after. I was nine years old.

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  • 5 Graphic Design Books That Will Get You Inspired

    Choosing the right source for your work or creating appealing and engaging design can be a challenge; so, therefore, I´m always on the lookout for graphic design books that can provide me with new inspiration and approach to my work as a graphic designer. I have created a small selection below including some of my favorites that I´m currently reading and using as a reference in my work – enjoy!

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  • From Travel Blog to Publication

    Meet Brenna Holeman, the woman behind the inspiring travel blog This Battered Suitcase. She is originally from Canada and has visited nearly 90 countries, but is now living in London and realizing her other dream of becoming a writer. We sat down for a talk with Brenna about her first book, which consists of 20 different letters based on people who have either influenced or inspired her travels. Her passion for writing and what it takes to get started with blogging, and the importance of building a strong community and engaging an audience.

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  • Hørdum & Engelbreth

    My partner, Martin Engelbreth, and I started our business in August 2012. Martin is my best friend, and we have known each other our entire life. Martin is an auditor and was anxious to try something new, and I was working with sales in the printing industry and made a living by producing design printed matter and books. We started out our business by making printed matter for advertising agencies and publishing houses, and through our work, we got inspired to start making our own books and provide another take on how to make and publish books in Denmark.

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  • NY Art Book Fair 2015

    September is all about Art Book Fairs. Last week I went to the London Art Book Fair, which were a great success, and tonight if you are in NYC, and have a preview ticket, you can be one of the first to explore more than 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries at MoMA Ps1, Long Island City, Queens.

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  • The London Art Book Fair, September 2015

    I have been looking forward to this week for quite some time and you are probably wondering what is so special about this week? The answer to that question is the London Art Book Fair, which is returning to the Whitechapel Gallery for its seventh year. The fair is free and open to the public, and here you can explore some of the best in international arts publishing, showcasing artists´books, catalogues, zines, rare publications and brand new releases. Moreover, this year the fair has a Scandinavian Focus, with support from the Embassies of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. So join me and explore the work of over 90 independent publishers, from 10-13 September, and be a part of a compelling programme of talks, workshops and book signing throughout the weekend.

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  • Influx Press

    Meet Kit Caless, one of the owners of Influx Press, a London-based independent publisher. We sat down for a talk with Kit about the challenging and rewarding aspects about being a niche publisher of poetry, how he brings music and publishing together, and the way storytelling is evolving online.

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  • Unit Editions

    Meet Adrian Shaughnessy, one of the owners of Unit Editions, an independent publisher located in Kennington, together with the famous graphic design studio Spin south of the River Thames in London. We sat down for a talk with Adrian about his passion for making books about graphic design and visual culture, and how to create attention and make people respond to one’s work.

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  • Independent Publications

    We have created a marketing platform for independent publications that is built to get yourself and your work noticed as an author or publisher. Through Bookpres, you have the opportunity to easily market, sell and grow your audience, all in one place. We have put together a set of carefully selected tools, which will make it easier for you to handle all your marketing activities and increase sales.

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  • A Blog About Independent Publishing

    Every week, we are exploring and sharing user stories from the world of independent publishing to discover and showcase creativity, inspiration, knowledge and the details behind the stories that make them remarkable. Furthermore, our blog will provide you with stories on why and how to use our selection of tools, such as email marketing, social media, and sales.

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  • Copeland Book Market

    The diversity of independent publishing is being celebrated this upcoming weekend, July 31 – August 2, at the Copeland Book Market where one can explore the work of independent publishers such as Café Royal Books, Ugly Duckling Presse and Jane & Jeremy. So don´t miss out on a weekend with lots of interesting talks, screenings and performances at Copeland Book Markets usual location of Bold Tendencies in Peckham.

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  • Hoxton Mini Press

    Meet Martin Usborne, one of the owners of Hoxton Mini Press, which is an independent publisher located in East London, near London Fields. We sat down for a talk with Martin about how a random meeting with 86 1/2-year-old Joseph Markovich from East London, created the foundation of Hoxton Mini Press. His passion for creating collections of books and the challenges of being an independent publisher of niche publications.

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  • 9 3/4 Bookstore + Café

    This weekly inspiration is dedicated to the new, beautiful and very cosy 9 3/4 Bookstore + Café, located in Medellín, Colombia. The combined café and bookstore is designed by Plasma Nodo and they have created a relaxed and colorful environment, for coffee, design and book lovers, that is filled with unlimited levels of inspiration for everybody to enjoy.

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  • Hato Press

    Meet Amber, She is commissioning director at Hato Press, which is an independent printing and publishing house based in East London, who specialize in Risograph printing. We sat down for a talk with Amber about how Risograph printing works, artist collaboration and the importance of social sharing online and offline.

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  • Artbooks.ph

    Artbooks.ph is an independent bookshop founded by Ringo Bunoan and Katya Guerrero of Pioneer Studios. It is the first bookshop in Manila to focus on Philippine art. We sat down for a talk with Ringo about enhancing awareness about Filipino art, running the shop and what the future holds for Artbooks.

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  • Claire de Rouen

    Meet Lucy Kumara Moore, one of the owners of the small independent bookshop Claire de Rouen, which is to be found in the vivid area of Soho in London. Claire de Rouen specializes in selling the best new and rare books on photography, fashion, art and magazines too. We sat down for a talk with Lucy about the story behind Claire de Rouen, her great interest in books and how that interest has unfolded in the world of independent publishing.

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  • ELCAF 2015

    This weekend is dedicated to the 4th East London Comics and Arts Festival, also known as ELCAF. Here you can explore things related to comics, graphic novels, sequential art, illustration and storytelling based in East London. Bookpres has teamed up with the independent publishing house Hato Press from East London, that will be showing their work at the festival.

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    If in London this week, you should stop by the amazing bookshop called Material, in Shoreditch, and see the exhibition Wall of Wally from Thursday 4th June – Saturday 6th June.
    The exhibition is set up by Jamin Galea and is an illustrated celebration of the famous British practitioner of corporate identity and branding, Wally Olins. The project invites practising illustrators to illustrate the same exact portrait of Wally in their own preferred style and from tomorrow until Saturday 6th June, it will be possible to purchase some of the works on display plus a limited edition book. All proceeds will go to Ella´s Home Run, a charity chosen by Wally Olin’s wife.

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  • First Ark Edition – Paul Auster / Siri Hustvedt

    Ark Books, a small independent non-profit bookshop located in the heart of Nørrebro, in Copenhagen Denmark, have teamed up with the famous American author couple Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt to create the publication First Ark Edition – Paul Auster / Siri Hustvedt.

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    If in London and you want to experience the spirit of independence, autonomy and alternatives then we recommend you to visit DIY CULTURES day-long festival next Sunday, May 24.

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  • All The Buildings In Sydney

    In February we did a blog post with the worldknown and super talented Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock. Since then he has been working on many exciting projects and last Friday, May 1st, James published his follow up book from the successful All the Buildings in New York, with amazing drawings from his birthplace Sydney. The new book is called All the Buildings in Sydney and is a beautiful visual tale of Sydney’s captivating architecture and culture.

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  • Melbourne Art Book Fair 2015

    Got no plans for the weekend? We highly recommend you to visit the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria, 1-3 May 2015. Here you can explore unique art, architecture and design experiences by emerging and established publishers, artists, writers and designers

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  • Chad Armel

    My interest in writing began as a child. I started out with writing a lot of short stories as well as creating small magazines that I would share with friends and family. I never thought that I would eventually self-publish a book, rather, I wrote simply for the enjoyment. As I grew older, writing became more of a way to release the feelings I had. In my late teens and early twenties, I began to develop an interest in poetry, as well as hip hop music.

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  • Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015

    If you are in London from the 23 April – May 4 2015, we highly recommend you to visit the Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015 at the beautiful Somerset House. The Graphic Arts Festival returens to Somerset House for its sixth year, and will be featuring an inspirational line-up of artist and designers bringing the best og new within illustration, graphic design and other related disciplines.

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  • WORD Community Bookstore

    Meet Molly Templeton, Events Director at the independent community bookstore, WORD, which is to be found in two locations, one in Brooklyn NY and the other one in New Jersey. We sat down for a talk with Molly about running community based bookstores, finding new books and how to market and sell your work.

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  • Feira Plana

    Since 2012, Brazil has hosted an independent publishing fair known as Feira Plana, idealised and curated by artist and entrepreneur Bia Bittencourt. Inspired by one of the most famous book fairs in the world—the New York Art Book Fair, which takes place at MoMA PS1—Bia implemented this concept with almost no money, but the willingness and strength to help artists, designers and photographers to have a platform to commercialise their work and dialogue with the public.

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  • Hot Dudes Reading For A Cause

    There are millions of kids in the United States that nerver get the chance to fall in love with reading, because they grow up without books of their own. The U.S. non-profit organisation First Book and The New York City Instagram account @hotdudesreading have teamed up to launch “Hot dudes Reading For A Cause”, to provide new books to children in need.

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  • Inspirational Workspaces

    Designing the right workspace has a very important impact on ones communication skills, creative thinking and productivity. We have put together a small selection of workspaces that will help inspire and make it easier to get the work done, and we would love to hear which one is your favourite?

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  • The Beauty of Letterpress

    This weekly inspiration post is dedicated to the craftsmen and women that use the tactile nature of letterpress to create remarkable work with impeccable artistry.

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  • Cultura Bookstore

    At Bookpres we love to explore new bookshops and bookstores around the world. We came across this spectacular bookstore in São Paulo. Meet architect Mariana Simas and watch her explain how Studio MK27 transformed a former São Paulo cinema into a bookstore.

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  • Bookshelf Organiser

    Organising books can be a bit of a challenge for many different reasons, but we have come across a bookshelf that might solve that problem.

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  • We Love Paper Too

    At bookpres we have a great interest in the digital world, but everybody at the office also have a profound interest and love for paper, and we are not alone. Meet a new generation of stationery entrepreneurs that are preserving and reviving the art of writing based on their love of paper.

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  • Eva Maria Fredensborg

    Meet Eva Maria Fredensborg, a bestselling self-published and traditionally published crime fiction author from Copenhagen, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Eva about self-publishing and how to market and sell your work, the culture of Scandinavian crime fiction literature and the transition from being self-published to published author.

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  • James Gulliver Hancock

    Meet James Gulliver Hancock, he is an Australian illustrator with a playful and whimsical expression to his work. His work is well-known all over the world, and currently he is working out of two studios: one in The Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York, and the other from his homeland studio by the beach in Sydney, Australia. We sat down for a talk with James about being an illustrator, his style of work, the process of drawing and making his book All the buildings in New York, what inspires him and what he is currently working on.

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  • The Society Club

    Meet George Packe-Drury-Lowe, Events Director at the independent bookshop, The Society Club, which is located in Soho, one of Central London’s most exciting and unique areas. We sat down for a talk with George about running a bookshop with a related members club, their collection of first edition books, such as Sherlock Holmes, the courage to do things differently, and how to get yourself and your noticed work.

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  • Bookpres Handles VAT MOSS on Your Behalf

    There has been a lot of frustration and confusion regarding the new EU VAT MOSS law, also referred to as VAT MESS #VATMESS. The new law states that VAT should no longer be calculated based on from where the book is sold, but rather based on the location of the customer. On top of that, you would have to store evidence securely for 10 years of buyer location.

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  • Material

    Meet Lucy Anne Payne, one of the owners and founder of the independent bookshop, Material, which is located in Shoreditch, one of London´s most creative areas. We sat down for a talk with Lucy about her passion for books, running a bookshop, finding new books and how to market and sell your work in a creative and collaborative way.

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  • Gosh! Comics London

    Meet Josh Palmano, owner and founder of the independent bookshop, Gosh! Comics London, which is located in the diverse and vibrant area of Soho. We sat down for a talk with Josh about his passion for graphic novels, running a bookshop, being a publisher and how to market and sell your work.

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  • Printed Matter

    In December, I went on a bookshop tour to New York City to learn more about indie publishing and the people behind this. The iconic artists’ book organisation Printed Matter was on the top of my list of places to visit, due to their noteworthy dedication and passion for artists’ book production since the 1970s.

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  • The Dutch Biking
    Bookshop Tour

    The best way of getting to know a new country is to start with their literature. There are numerous specialist and independent bookstores in the Netherlands, but they are definitely hard to find. This blog is devoted to those bookstores; where to go to if you want to get to know the Dutch culture better.

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  • Books & Company

    Meet Isabella Smith, the owner of Books & Company, a beautiful and very welcoming small independent bookshop located in Hellerup, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Isabella about doing what you love, running a bookshop, how to sell books and suggestions for the perfect Christmas gift across age and interest.

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  • Kashmir Logue Book

    Meet Søren Mølhede Hørdum, publisher and one of the founders of Hørdum & Engelbreth, a new publishing house located in the old and colorful Meat District in Copenhagen, Denmark. We sat down for a talk with Søren about publishing visually oriented culture, the process of making their first publication Kashmir Logue Book, selling books and in general the passion for creating beautiful coffee table books.

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  • New Heroes & Pioneers

    Meet Francois Le Bled and Jens Lennartsson, head publisher, photographer and joint founders of New Heroes & Pioneers, a young publishing house located in Malmö, Sweden. We sat down for a talk with Francois and Jens about making art and coffee table books in a digital age, discovering amazing new talents and how to sell books and get your work noticed.

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  • Lisa H Moura

    Geneva, Switzerland.

    Lisa is a graphic designer, originally from Lisbon, Portugal, but has been living in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the past three years. New adventures are waiting for her as she is relocating to Geneva to study a Master. She loves to travel and photographing architecture and design when she is out and about.

  • Lucas Machado

    São Paulo, Brazil.

    Lucas is working as a graphic designer at PS.2 arquitetura + design in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He loves starting new projects related to graphic design, watching underrated horror movies from the eighties and having time to prepare a nice coffee using French press and Brazilian coffee beans.

  • Sue Van Geijn

    Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Sue is from Amsterdam and one of the founders of the Amsterdam/Rotterdam-based creative bureau BuroBG. She loves riding her bike, is a passionate writer and is working on the idea of writing a hip hop album since words make more sense to her than anything else.

  • Meggie Ong

    Manila, Philippines.

    Meggie loves capturing beautiful moments with one of her many analogue vintage cameras. She works with Retail Development & Planning at Megamax Concept, was born and raised in Manila, and has a huge passion for independent books.

  • Sanne Bøg Larsen

    Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Sanne works as a Communication Designer at Bookpres where she is obsessing with words and design. She is based in Copenhagen, a visual storyteller by heart, music lover and every chance she gets she travels the world to explore different cultures and make new connections.

  • Brenna Holeman

    London, United Kingdom

    Brenna is the woman behind the inspiring travel blog This Battered Suitcase. She is originally from Canada and has visited nearly 90 countries, but is now living in London. When she is not travelling, she is writing about it, either for her blog, her book, or her job.