सम्पूर्णा चटर्जी / Sampurna Chattarji
Award-winning poet, fiction-writer and translator Sampurna Chattarji was born in Dessie, Ethiopia on 17th November 1970, grew up in Darjeeling, graduated from New Delhi, and worked in advertising for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books include Abol Tabol: The Nonsense World of Sukumar Ray, The Greatest Stories Ever Told and Mulla Nasruddin (all Penguin/Puffin). Her work has featured in Wasafiri (UK), Slingshot (Canada), First Proof 2: The Penguin Book of New Writing from India, The Little Magazine, Chandrabhaga, Atlas 2 (India), Wespennest (Germany), Carapace (South Africa), Imagining Ourselves (San Francisco), Fulcrum (Boston) to name a few, as well as in the international documentary Voices in Wartime (dir. Rick King) and on RTHK Radio 4 Hong Kong. She was the winner of the Highly Commended Award (Asia) in the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) Short Story Competition 2001 for her story ‘Burn’, while ‘Relief’ was a finalist in the BBC World Service Short Story Competition 2000. Her other awards include the Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) Scholarship for Creative Writing 2005 to the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, Edinburgh. The Sahitya Akademi published her debut poetry collection Sight May Strike You Blind in 2007 and her first novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins.