Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language. Her work explores subjects from political rhetoric (OPPOSITION) to paranormal science (TOTAL MAN), teenage sexual identity (ORCHID) to long distance running (MARATHON TALES).
Her recent work, SCHLOCK!, premiered at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and is a meditation on pain, the body and the self.
Her debut poetry collection FORMS OF PROTEST was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. She won the Tinniswood Award in 2014 with her verse play MARATHON TALES (co-written with Colin Teevan) and has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for TOTAL MAN.
Silva’s texts play on the borders of artforms, drawing on her background in music, choreography and theatre. She is Associate Lecturer in Poetry and Playwriting at Birkbeck, University of London, and Associate Artist of Penned in the Margins.
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