Nigel Beale grew up in England and Canada. 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.
During the mid-1980s he was Membership Director at the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade where he helped double membership in less than three years.
In 1989 he established 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 circulation magazines in the country. 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. 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 magazine, PRCanada and Strategy Magazine, where, from 1994-1999, his monthly column On Media appeared.
In 2005 he decided to explore his passion for books and travel full time.
Since then he’s been a passionate literary tourist who has spent much of his time travelling around the world visiting bookstores and literary destinations, attenting festivals and events, and blogging and podcasting about it. As a result of wanting to both share his stories with other book-loving travellers – to inspire, and make it easier for them to enjoy the pleasures that he’s experienced – and to encourage cities to investigate, nurture and celebrate local literary life, both past and present, he launched a website to promote literary tourism.
Over the past decade 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, and conducted hundreds of interviews with renowned 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 blogger, and provides consulting services to cultural institutions, destination marketing organizations and conference organizers. Please see the Work with me page for details.