Nigel Beale

is creating The Biblio File Podcast



About Nigel Beale

The story 

The Biblio File is a popular podcast on books hosted by Nigel Beale. More succinctly, it 's a collection of some 300 forty – sixty minute interviews with accomplished authors, critics, poets, publishers, book makers & designers - biblio people - conducted by an excitable bibliophile. 

"Producing the show enables me to indulge my passion for books and to share what I learn on my travels. It allows me to interview fascinating people who write, produce, collect or sell  "the book"

If you love books, and reading and good conversation, I'm confident you'll enjoy listening to The Biblio File.

In order to devote the necessary time to the show — to flesh out the content in various subject categories and make the it as good as it can possibly be — I need to generate reliable revenue. By sponsoring The Biblio File  with Patreon for $1 a show you'll get exclusive, bonus material on the people I interview and the places I visit. Plus you'll get early access to episodes I produce, and my sincere gratitude for joining the movement!"



The Back Story

For about ten years I ran a monthly book club. There were only four or five of us in it, the perfect number if you ask me; enough of us to get a good selection of ideas on the table, not too many to cause separate conversations to break out. Then one of the key (okay you guys were all key!) members left to teach in the English Department at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. It was a crippling loss. The club couldn't recover from it.  

I immediately missed the stimulating literary conversation. After a while I hit on an idea. I'd host a radio program on books. Matthew Crozier agreed to let me host a show on CKCU FM 93.1, the Carleton University station in Ottawa. Only one hitch. The time slot. 6am Monday mornings.

I toughed it out for a year or so, then took the easy way out. The show would be a podcast,  produced and aired whenever I felt like it.

From the moment I launched The Biblio File I knew I was doing the right thing. The void had been filled. I live for this stuff: reading the books, recruiting, researching, connecting and conversing with the guests; editing the recordings; creating programs that I hope reward the listener. 

Producing this show enables me to indulge my passion for books, and to share whatever I discover. It allows me to interview amazing authors, publishers, biographers, booksellers, book collectors, fine press proprietors, book designers... and many other fascinating people connected with the book;  to engage them in conversation - and you know what Montaigne had to say about conversation:

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.
If you love books, reading and good conversation, my hope is that you'll enjoy listening to The Biblio File. The great thing about podcasts is that you don't have to wake up at 6am on Monday mornings to listen to them. Unless of course you want to.   

In order to devote the necessary time to The Biblio File — to flesh out the content in various subject categories and make the program as good as it can possibly be — the podcast needs to generate reliable revenue. Here you can help by sponsoring the show directly through Patreon for $1 a show. You'll get exclusive, bonus material on the people I interview and the places I visit. You'll also get access to premium patrons-only material.


The Biblio File interviews (typically lasting 40-60 minutes) are designed to appeal to anyone interested in books. Guests, famous and unknown alike, typically talk about books they've written, made, sold, studied or collected.

My goal is to entertain and inform those who love, like, obsess over, or merely have a passing interest in books.

If you've chosen to support the podcast, thanks again for your generosity. I’m doing, and will continue to do, my very best to deliver quality content worthy of your time and attention. Your contribution is deeply appreciated. Without you, this adventure simply doesn't happen. With you, who knows where it will end up!

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