Michael Burke studied Chemistry at Leeds University, going on to work in Occupational Health and Safety. He later moved to California and studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He now lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has demonstrated at several Society of Bookbinders’ conferences, and taught many workshops for both SoB and Designer Bookbinders across the UK. He has presented at the Guild of Bookworkers Standards Seminar in the USA, and conducted teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Last summer he taught at Montfiascone in Italy. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and across the USA. Michael has a particular interest in the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.