Hi, I'm Sanne!
Six years ago I moved from the Netherlands to London. My favourite thing to do is exploring cities and sharing the best food, markets, museums and nature spots with friends, so I figured I'd collect everything here for you to find.
From bookshops to vegan and veggie food, bakeries and the loveliest walks for a Sunday afternoon, come explore more of London and the rest of the UK (and the world) with me!
As I’m trying to explore a more sustainable lifestyle, I'll also be posting about some of my favourite products, brands and places to shop.
I have a YouTube channel called Booksandquills, where I've been posting videos since 2008. You'll find me talking about anything from books (lots and lots of books) and films to productivity, travel, and university and career advice. Of course you can also find me on Instagram @booksandquills.
A few months ago I left my job in publishing to become a freelancer. I’m excited to see what this next adventure will bring and I’m also hoping it will give me more time to launch some new projects. If you’d like to find out more about whatI I’m doing, click the link below
Frequently asked questions
Where are you from/where is your accent from?
I was born and raised in the Netherlands, studied English Language and Literature at Leiden University (also in the Netherlands), studied in the US for 3 months and have lots of American friends, and have lived in London for the last 6 years, hence the mixed accent. I'm definitely not Irish or Canadian, I promise!
Where do you work?
I’m a freelance digital producer, public speaker and YouTuber/blogger. Before that I was an Audience Manager at Penguin Random House UK.
What do you use to film/take pictures?
For filming I use my Canon 60D with a variety of lenses (I prefer anything between 16-28mm with a low f-stop, especially prime lenses, to get lots of light and a blurry backdrop). I edit my videos in Final Cut X. Most of the pictures on this blog and on Instagram were shot on my iPhone 6/7.
Where do you live?
I currently live in North London.
How did you get into publishing?
I did publishing work experience on 3 different occasions, did a lot of networking and learned everything I know about social media from creating and running my YouTube channel for 8 years. P.s. you don't necessarily have to study Publishing or English to get a job in publishing.
Can you review my book?
I can only accept a small number of books for review and do not currently accept self-published books. I enjoy reading classics, dystopian/apocalyptic novels, sci-fi and a variety of graphic novels, historical fiction, YA and contemporary literary fiction. I am also available for paid opportunities.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.