Word Factory writer-in-residence (2021) Susmita Bhattacharya is an award-winning author and creative writing lecturer. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was long-listed for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018 and her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. Her creative nonfiction essay won the first prize at the Winchester Writers’ Festival in 2016.She teaches creative writing at Winchester University. She was a mentor on Dahlia Books’ Middle Way Mentoring scheme in 2019 .