Our Story













I’m Daphne, and I consider myself a lifelong bibliophile and geek fangirl. I read voraciously and love all bookish things! For more about me, give me a follow on Twitter.

I’ve been part of the book community for many years and I enjoy meeting, working with, and spending time with bookish people. I started Illumicrate because I wanted to curate something for book lovers everywhere, like an ideal gift package to share all my favourite books and fandoms. My aim for Illumicrate is to send you the best new reads plus bookish items that are fun, beautiful, geeky and all the wonderful adjectives – things that I would love to own and I know that others would too.

I started Illumicrate on my own, but now have a team of 7 passionate individuals who help Illumicrate brighten all your lives!

Thank you for considering Illumicrate! I really hope you love it as much as we’ve loved putting it together!

Meet the team:


  • Daphne: Founder & CEO
  • Lives in: London
  • Favourite authors: V.E. Schwab, Jay Kristoff, Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, Pierce Brown, R.F. Kuang
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 6 – Athena’s cabin

  • Caitlin: Chief Operating Officer
  • Lives in: Manchester
  • Favourite authors: Tamsyn Muir, Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, R.F. Kuang, Becky Chambers
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 20 – Hecate’s cabin

  • Katie: Curation & Product Manager
  • Lives in: East Yorkshire
  • Favourite authors:Elizabeth Peters, R.F. Kuang, S.A. Chakraborty, TJ Klune and Talia Hibbert
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 8 – Artemis’ cabin

  • Debbie: Operations Associate
  • Lives in: London
  • Favourite authors: V.E. Schwab, Becky Chambers, Nina LaCour, Natasha Ngan
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 4 – Demeter’s cabin

  • Bec: Afterlight Manager & Operations Associate
  • Lives in: Sheffield
  • Favourite authors: Sarah Maria Griffin, Laini Taylor, V. E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Samantha Shannon
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 20 – Hecate’s Cabin

  • Tiffany: Social Media Manager
  • Lives in: Midwest United States
  • Favourite authors: Leigh Bardugo, Tamsyn Muir, V.E. Schwab, Erin Morgenstern, Jason Reynolds
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 20 – Hecate’s Cabin

  • Yasamin: Customer Support Associate
  • Lives in: Cornwall
  • Favourite authors: Laini Taylor, V.E. Schwab, TJ Klune, Lauren James, Sarah J Maas
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 20 – Hecate’s Cabin

  • Lauren: Customer Support Associate
  • Lives in: Manchester
  • Favourite authors: Sarah Maria Griffin, Rin Chupeco, Laini Taylor, V.E. Schwab, Junji Ito
  • Camp Half-Blood Cabin: Cabin 20 – Hecate’s Cabin

(With thanks to the incredible Monolime for the team illustrations!)