New Season Begins On-Campus With Susmita Bhattacharya

The Indian-born short story writer, novelist and creative writing lecturer will join us Monday 25 October at 6 pm live on the University’s Avenue Campus for our first Writers in Conversation of the year. Online events will follow later this autumn from the award-winning writer Patrice Lawrence, and our own five-times novelist Rebecca Smith.

Susmita Bhattacharya has read her stories on BBC Radio 4.

Susmita Bhattacharya will be reading from and discussing her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018), which won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019). 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. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University, facilitates the ArtfulScribe Mayflower Young Writers programme in Southampton and has been involved in Mayflower 400 projects.

Hosted by Carole Burns, the university’s head of Creative Writing, Writers in Conversation gives audience members a chance to ask question as well.

Our next two events will move online again as part of the Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival held by the University of Southampton.

Smith’s latest novel, The Ash Museum, came out in May

Novelist Rebecca Smith, principal teaching fellow in the University of Southampton’s English department, will help kick off the festival on Thursday 11 November at 7:30 p.m. to discuss her fifth novel, and her first for young people: Shadow Cat Summer. The book was inspired by a stay at Moniack Mohr in the Scottish Highlands and her own and her children’s love of the natural world. As she talks with Burns about her work, they’ll discuss the renewal one can gain from nature and the arts, as well as her own writing process.

On the following Monday, the award-winning writer Patrice Lawrence will talk about her novels for young people, which has won prizes from Waterstones and an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List. Please join us online on Monday 15 November at 7:30 p.m. as she discusses her book set in Southampton, entitled Diver’s Daughter.

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