Rory MacLean is a Canadian travel writer. He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Toronto, graduating from Upper Canada College and Ryerson University. For ten years he made movies with moderate success, working with David Hemmings and Ken Russell in England, David Bowie in Berlin and Marlene Dietrich in Paris. In 1989 he won The Independent inaugural travel writing competition and changed from screen to prose writing. After completing eight travel books in the UK he is now writing a book on Berlin where he is also a blogger for the Meet the Germans website of the Goethe-Institut. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.