S. Bhattacharya-Woodward is a writer from London. She is currently working on a short story collection which won Third Prize in the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2020. Her short fiction has won Third Prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2019; been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2018; and longlisted for the Commonwealth and London Short Story prizes in 2019.
She is an experienced journalist writing with the byline Shaoni Bhattacharya and specialising in science, health and the crossover between science and the arts. She is a former News Editor of New Scientist magazine, and writes for New Scientist, BBC Sky at Night magazine and Nature amongst others. She was a double-winner of the Association of British Science Writers Awards in 2011, winning ‘Best News Item’ and ‘Best Feature’ categories for Britain and Ireland. She has twice been shortlisted for the Guild of Health Writers ‘Best Consumer Weekly Magazine Feature’ (2012 and 2016). Shaoni has also acted as a consultant for television.
She has a First in Biology, studied Journalism at postgraduate level, and did years of evening classes in Literatures in English at Birkbeck before going on to gain a Masters in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths in 2019.