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Author. Mama. Japanologist.

I offer support and inspiration to writers and dreamers, teaching how words and ideas can heal, inspire, uplift, connect, and help us capture our experience of this beautiful world. I have two degrees in Japanese, and have had a 20+ year love affair with Japan. One of my greatest passions is writing books – my most recent, The Way of the Fearless Writer was published in October 2022, and I am currently working on my sixth book, a follow up to the bestselling Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life. I am also founder of Do What You Love, which produces and delivers inspiring online courses for living well. With over 100,000 alumni and a community of over 250,000 people across the world, it is our mission to inspire and support each other to make the most of this precious life.

I wrote a new book for you. It will change your writing life.




Meet my new book

The Way of the Fearless Writer is a radical approach to writing inspired by centuries-old ideas about life from Japan and China. It goes against the grain of everything we are taught about how to write in school and the conditioning we get from modern society, but it absolutely works.

It will teach you how to dissolve self-doubt, shift writer’s block and share your voice with the world.

I didn’t even realise I had walked this particular path until I turned around and looked to see how I had gone from self-doubting secretive writer to grateful author of five books in five years. It was all there, hidden in plain sight, as it has been for two thousand years… until now.

I invite you to join me on a sacred journey across continents and centuries, and deep into your own experience.

The Way of the Fearless Writer will free your inner writer + transform your writing life. And it is out now!

“Are you a writer? And do you live in fear? If the answer to that double question is yes and yes, you need The Way of the Fearless Writer.’ – Times Literary Supplement

Reviews of Wabi Sabi

Beth Kempton is one of the great foreign writers who truly understands wabi sabi. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for time and space in their lifeDaisuke Sanada, Japanese architect

Beth explains wabi sabi better than any native may have doneMakiko Hastings, Japanese potter

Beth Kempton tells it as it is, and how we need it to be. More than ever, we need books like this.Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast

Wonderful. So full of insights, and beautifully writtenLiza Dalby, Author of Geisha

A beautiful book about Japanese cultureBooks Kinokuniya Tokyo

A truly transformative read.Sunday Times Style

I am obsessed (with this book)The Tokyo Chapter

I’m completely won over by the mix of wisdom and guide to practical self-reflection offered in this elegant interpretation of wabi sabi.JapaneseLondon.com