We’re delighted to be sharing news that we are working with Susmita Bhattacharya to publish her debut short story collection.

I’ve been a big fan of Susmita’s writing for years. Her short stories always have an impact on me – like all good short stories do – of transporting me to another world. More importantly though, they are written with neat observation and an international perspective, one which succeeds in finding the common ground. Susmita’s an important, emerging voice who is massively under-appreciated and I have been talking to her for some time about publishing a collection which will showcase her writing to a wider audience.

Dahlia Publishing has previously published Susmita Bhattacharya’s writing in Beyond the Border and Love Across a Broken Map anthology.

Susmita said: “The stories in Table Manners explore the diversity in people’s mindsets, life stories and heritage. But it also brings to the forefront how we are all tied by the same threads to a universal humanity. I’m delighted to be published by Dahlia – I have always respected Farhana’s strong and supportive presence in the publishing world.”

Susmita Bhattacharya is from Mumbai, India. Her short stories and essays have been widely published, and been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Commonwealth Writers and Mslexia. She won the Winchester Writers’ Festival  Memoir prize in 2016, and her stories have been shortlisted in several literary prizes and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian), was published in 2015 and by Bee Books (India) in 2017. She lives in Winchester, and works with young writers for the SO:Write project, Southampton.

Table Manners is scheduled for publication this autumn. You can follow updates on the book’s journey and receive exclusive content by signing up to our mailing list. We promise not to email you about anything other than Susmita’s short story collection.

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We’re thrilled to be publishing C. G. Menon’s debut short story collection. We’ve been in discussion with Catherine for some time now and are really excited about working together.

I first read Catherine’s work when she entered (and subsequently won) The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2014. Catherine’s short stories have a wonderful magnetism to them, that gently draw you in to the world she’s created. She’s an exceptional talent and we couldn’t be more delighted to be working with her. Dahlia Publishing has previously anthologised Menon’s short stories in Love Across a Broken Map and Leicester Writes Short Story Prize anthology.

Subjunctive Moods will feature many of Catherine’s prize winning short stories alongside her most recent work.

Catherine is equally excited about working with us: “The stories in Subjunctive Moods are based around those tiny moments of missed connection and of realisation: the heartbeats by which we all grow up,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be working with Dahlia Publishing to bring this collection together, and these stories couldn’t have found a better home.”

C. G. Menon was born in Australia and now lives in London. She has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Leicester Writes Prize, The Short Story Award, the Asian Writer Prize, The TBL Short Story Award and the Winchester Writers Festival award. She’s been shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, the Bridport prize and the Short Fiction Journal awards, as well as the Willesden Herald, Rubery and WriteIdea prizes and the Fiction Desk Newcomer award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on radio, and she’s also been a member of several prestigious short story competition judging panels. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and is currently studying for a creative writing MA at City University. She’s also working on her first novel, set in 1980s Malaysia

Subjunctive Moods is scheduled for publication this summer. You can follow updates on the book’s journey and receive exclusive content by signing up to our mailing list. We promise not to email you about anything other than Catherine’s short story collection.