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The Republic of Consciousness Short List

Thursday 19th March, 7PM

at Brick Lane Bookshop

Join us to celebrate the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2020 with readings from this year’s shortlist:


Broken Jaw by Minoli Salgado (The 87 Press)

Love by Hanne Orstavik, tr. Martin Aitken (And Other Stories)

We are made of Diamond Stuff by Isabel Waidner (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)

Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del-Amo, tr Frank Wynne (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Patience by Toby Litt (Galley Beggar Press)


The Republic of Consciousness Prize rewards small presses for publishing outstanding literary fiction. This year’s shortlist features writing from some of the finest authors working today, whittled down from

a longlist of twelve (which can be seen here). These readings will showcase five very different books, and the range of small press work being done today.


There will be drinks.


Please rsvp at


Minoli Salgado reading from Broken Jaw, a powerful suite of stories processing the Sri Lankan civil war which took place between 1983 and 2009. 

Minoli Salgado was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in Sri Lanka, South East Asia and England.. After gaining her PhD in Indo-Anglian fiction, she returned to the University of Sussex where she taught postcolonial literature for many years. She is now Professor of International Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Isabel Waidner reading from We Are Made of Diamond Stuff, a riotous novel set in a “no-star hotel’ on the Isle of Wight.

 Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. Waidner's writing has appeared in publications including 3:AM, AQNB, The Happy Hypocrite, Frieze, and Tripwire. They are a co-founder of the event series Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and an academic at Roehampton University, London.


Toby Litt reading from Patience, his novel about friendship and hope set in a children’s care home in 1979.

Toby Litt is best-known for writing his books – from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far) Patience – in alphabetical order (apart from the non-fiction ones); he is currently working on Q and R. He is Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, London, and the convenor of the MFA in Creative Writing.


Readings from Animalia and Love to be confirmed