Roehampton alumna releases first children's book

Madhvi Ramani, a 2006 graduate of Roehampton, recently released her first children's book ‘Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed’, which has just been published by Tamarind Books.

Posted: 5 November 2012

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Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed by Madhvi Ramani

Madhvi Ramani is a 2006 graduate of Roehampton’s MA Creative and Professional Writing programme. Since graduating, she has written a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction literary works. Recently, she released her first children's book ‘Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed’, which has just been published by Tamarind Books.

“It's an exciting adventure involving a lost envelope, a charming street thief, a glamorous film star and a fierce tiger,” said Madhvi.

The new book has made the Reading Agency's list of recommended children's reads for October and Parents in Touch called it the "first in a promising new series which will help children learn about other countries and cultures."

We spoke with Madhvi about her time at Roehampton and how she feels her time of study prepared her for a career in writing.

“I feel that studying writing at university gave me a good grasp of the fundamentals of story-telling, which would have taken me years to figure out by myself. The tutors at Roehampton were great, and the peaceful, green surroundings of the campus provided a good atmosphere to learn in.

“My favourite part of the course was learning to write for children. I remember sitting on a little chair in the children's section of the library reading picture books, when it struck me that doing an MA in Creative Writing was more absurd and fun than I could have imagined,” said Madhvi.

You can order ‘Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed’ at your local library, bookshop or online.

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