Nigel Beale  was born in Toronto, Canada, moved, when he was small, to Sark, one of England´s Channel Islands (where his grandfather served as doctor), and on to various parts of Southern England, before returning to Canada with his parents on the SS Maasdam, eventually landing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, then went to Queen´s University in Kingston, Ontario where he completed a Masters degree in Public Administration.

After a brief stint with the Autoparts Manufacturers´ Association (APMA) in Toronto, he moved to Ottawa to become Membership Director at the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade where he helped double membership in less than three years.

In 1989 he established Nigel Beale & Associates Ltd., a media rep house that provided ad sales representation to national magazines in the National Capital Region. He was soon representing some of the largest magazines in the country, including Via Rail´s on-board magazine, Today´s Health magazine, and the Canadian Tire Auto Club magazine, Autoroute. Word of mouth put him in touch with the owners of a feature news distribution service called News Canada, for whom he established an Ottawa office; within three years he more than quadrupled regional sales revenues. He also worked on a number of successful contract publishing ventures.

During his time working with News Canada he dealt with virtually every Canadian federal government department and many leading national associations and blue chip corporations, writing, editing, producing and packaging into a variety of different formats (Print, CD, Audio/Video), news items that were distributed to, and used by, thousands of newspapers, and radio and TV stations across Canada. Many articles he wrote enjoyed documented readership in the hundreds of millions (yes you read that correctly). During this period Nigel was also, for a time, part owner of inMedia, a leading research-based public relations agency.

During the 1990s his articles and book reviews appeared in Policy Options magazine, Marketing magazinePRCanada and Strategy Magazine, where, from 1994-1999, his monthly column On Media appeared.

In 2005 he shifted focus to explore a passion for books and travel.

Since then he has photographed some 5000 books, bookshops, authors and booksellers, written thousands of literary blog posts and scores of book reviews and literary and travel features, in addition to conducting hundreds of interviews with plenty of great authors, booksellers, publishers, collectors, printers and sundry other book folk for a podcast he hosts and produces called The Biblio File

Nigel currently works as a freelance writer and content creator, and provides marketing/consulting services to cultural institutions, economic development agencies and destination marketing organizations. Please see the Work with me page for details.