Minoli Salgado is a writer, Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. Her novel on traumatic memory, A Little Dust on the Eyes (2014), won the first SI Literary Prize and was longlisted for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature, the region’s largest literary prize. She is also the author of the critical study Writing Sri Lanka: Literature, Resistance and the Politics of Place (2007), numerous essays on contemporary literature and cultural theory, and the as yet unpublished collection of short stories Broken Jaw, which was longlisted for the SI Leeds Prize. Her literary and critical work focuses on precarious lives and considers issues of human rights, such as enforced disappearance and varieties of censorship.
Her short stories and poems have been published in international journals such as Wasafiri, Short Story and Asia Literary Review and her work has been translated into Spanish and Russian. Her novel is one of two books in English which, alongside Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, was selected for translation into Slovene by the EU funded project “Echoes of Realities.” In 2012 she was selected as the Olympic poet for Sri Lanka in London's Poetry Parnassus, part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012.