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About me

I've been living in London for about 5 years now, and love sharing all my favourite food, boutique, market and museum recommendations with friends, so I figured I'd collect everything here! From bookshops to vegan and veggie food, bakeries and the loveliest walks for a Sunday afternoon, I hope you'll get to explore more of London with me. When I travel outside of my favourite city, of course I can't resist collecting my favourites, so you'll also find the best find from my trips abroad.

As I try and explore a more sustainable lifestyle, I'll also be posting about some of my favourite products and places to visit and shop here.

I also 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) to productivity and university and career advice.

FAQ

Where are you from/where is your accent from?
I was born and raised in the Netherlands, studied English Literature at Leiden University (also in the Netherlands), studied in the US for 3 months and had lots of American friends, hence the weird accent. I'm definitely not Irish or Canadian, I promise!

Where do you live?
I live in East London and have been here for 5 years now.

Where do you work?
I'm a Social Media Producer at Penguin Random House UK. Before that I did all things social at Hot Key Books.

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 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, since I have a lot of books lined up already. I do not accept self-published books. I enjoy reading classics, dystopian/apocalyptic novels, sci-fi and a variety of graphic novels, YA and contemporary literary fiction and would love to read more books from LGBTQ and BAME authors. If there is a book you'd like to pitch, feel free to email me at booksandquills@gmail.com. I am also available for paid opportunities.

What do you use to film/take pictures?
For filming I use my Canon 60D with a Tokina 11-16 lens (which is super useful if you want to sit close to your camera and still get a wide shot). I edit my videos in Final Cut X. Most of the pictures on this blog were shot on my iPhone 6.