Rashmi Sirdeshpande Interview
By UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, on 8 February 2022
I chat with children’s author Rashmi Sirdeshpande about her favourite books, her discovery of narrative poetry, beautiful books, and what gives her inspiration for her own writing.
Rashmi writes non-fiction books for children to inspire them and also be fun.
We chat about Rashmi’s giant fact checking tables and how she found writing her first fiction book. Rashmi’s non-fiction often covers important and heavy issues and we discuss how difficult this can be to write as well as to keep hopeful for the children reading it.
Things mentioned in the episode:
Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
This Rock That Rock by Dom Conlon & Viviane Schwarz
This Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry, illustrated by Rikin Parekh
Cash by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
Never Show a T-Rex a Book by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
Never Teach a Stegasaurus to do Sums by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women’s Strength by Poorna Bell