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Nina Stibbe

BA Hons Humanities, 1987 | HonDLitt, 2018

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR

“My degree was everything to me. I wouldn’t be a published writer if it wasn’t for Greenwich.”

Nina Stibbe was working as a nanny in London when she first enrolled at Thames Polytechnic.

She still remembers her first visit: “I knew within moments that this was the college that I wanted to come to. Just the way the other students looked, and the course was brilliant.”

Her degree offered new opportunities and it was there that Nina found her voice as a writer. She also relished the chance to see plays and enjoy London’s nightlife.

“It opened up a whole new world of art and culture for me and made me feel I belonged in the middle of it.”

After her degree, Nina went into publishing. But her life took another turn in 2013 when Penguin published the letters she’d sent her sister during her undergraduate years as Love, Nina, and in 2016, Nick Hornby adapted the book for the BBC with Helena Bonham-Carter starring.

Nina’s love for her college shines through Love, Nina. “Thames Polytechnic is very good, and I liked being at college.  Sometimes I see a reflection of myself walking along with my little bag of books and I feel… thrilled is the only word I can think of.”

Nina’s fifth book, Reasons to be Cheerful, comes out in March.

Nina received a Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the university in 2018.

Portraits Profile

Nina Stibbe

BA Hons Humanities, 1987 | HonDLitt, 2018

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR

“My degree was everything to me. I wouldn’t be a published writer if it wasn’t for Greenwich.”

Nina Stibbe was working as a nanny in London when she first enrolled at Thames Polytechnic.

She still remembers her first visit: “I knew within moments that this was the college that I wanted to come to. Just the way the other students looked, and the course was brilliant.”

Her degree offered new opportunities and it was there that Nina found her voice as a writer. She also relished the chance to see plays and enjoy London’s nightlife.

“It opened up a whole new world of art and culture for me and made me feel I belonged in the middle of it.”

After her degree, Nina went into publishing. But her life took another turn in 2013 when Penguin published the letters she’d sent her sister during her undergraduate years as Love, Nina, and in 2016, Nick Hornby adapted the book for the BBC with Helena Bonham-Carter starring.

Nina’s love for her college shines through Love, Nina. “Thames Polytechnic is very good, and I liked being at college.  Sometimes I see a reflection of myself walking along with my little bag of books and I feel… thrilled is the only word I can think of.”

Nina’s fifth book, Reasons to be Cheerful, comes out in March.

Nina received a Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the university in 2018.

Nina’s Portraits Profile

01. GREENWICH PORTRAITS 2019

Nina Stibbe is one of 17 alumni who feature in Greenwich Portraits 2019. Her photos were taken in and around Queen Anne and Stockwell Street buildings in Greenwich.

02. MEDIA & ARTS

Nina is one of a number of talented alumni who have forged impressive careers in the Media and Arts. Her time at Thames Polytechnic has directly influenced her work as she delights audiences across the world with her literature.

03. CLASS OF 1987

See other Greenwich Portraits who graduated in 1987

04. SUBJECT = ENGLISH

See the English programmes on offer at the University of Greenwich.

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