Susmita Bhattacharya is a writer and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian), was published in March 2015. Her short stories and essays have appeared in several literary journals in the UK and internationally such as Wasafiri, Litro, Riptide, Mslexia, Tears in the Fence as well as been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize in 2016. She lives in Winchester with her family and a cat named after a Bollywood star.