‘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 leaves.’

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 in 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 teach at the University of Sussex where she is a Reader in English Literature and a Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.


She has recently read:

Hanna Greally, Bird’s Nest Soup

Tahar Ben Jelloun, This Blinding Absence of Light

Dang Thuy Tram, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace

Elie Wiesel, The Oath

Yashar Kemal, Memed, My Hawk

Marina Lewycka,  A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Charles Panati, Sacred Origins of Profound Things




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.

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.