‘I was born in a house screened by golden bamboo that touched the sky, the spirits of light and wind and rain playing on a flute of bamboo reeds.’

from ‘Heart’

Or to cut a long story short:

Minoli Salgado was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in Sri Lanka, South East Asia and England. She was educated at schools in Penang Hill, Colombo (briefly) and North Devon before going on to study English Literature at the universities of Sussex, Manchester and Warwick. After gaining her PhD in Indo-Anglian fiction, she returned to the University of Sussex where she taught postcolonial literature for many years as Tutorial Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of English. She is Professor of International Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has recently read:

Vaddey Ratner, Music of the Ghosts

Elif Shafak, Honour

Sanam Maher, The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch

Lene Wold, Inside an Honor Killing

Sarah Kabir, Voices of Peace


Birte Heidemann, ‘“When the making of history was the making of silence”: An Interview with Minoli Salgado’, Postcolonial Text, Vol. 11, No 4 (2016). Available here.

Adilah Ismail, ‘How true tales become truth tales’, The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka, 21 June 2020. Available here  and here.

Shamira A. Meghani and Anthony Carrigan, Interview: ‘Reframing Disaster: Creativity and Activism’, Special issue: ‘Postcolonial Environments: Animals, Ecologies, Localities’, ed. by Veronica Barnsley, Jade Munslow Ong and Matthew Whittle, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 51.2,  (2016),  256-274. Available here.

Liam O’Loughlin, ‘“A Different Way of Seeing”: An Interview with Minoli Salgado’, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 47.4 (2016),  163-173. Available here.

Azad Ashim Sharma, ‘”When Words Become Dangerous”: In Conversation with Minoli Salgado‘,Wasafiri, 99 (Autumn 2019), 20-25. Available here.

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