Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and theatre maker whose work is characterised by its playful interrogation of language, voice and form. She has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Poetry Hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK at festivals including Latitude, the London Word Festival and StAnza. She is an associate artist with Penned in the Margins who released her debut poetry collection ‘Forms of Protest’ in 2013.
Her work for theatre includes a solo show ‘Opposition’, a play for a large cast of teenage girls ‘Orchid’ (commissioned by the Lady Eleanor Holles School) ‘Total Man’ (Electronic Voice Phenomena national tour Spring 2013) and ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’ (national tour Autumn 2013). Her first radio play ‘Marathon Tales’ (co-written for BBC Radio 3 with Colin Teevan) won the 2014 Tinniswood Award.
She is an associate lecturer in poetry and playwriting at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her work has been supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Apples and Snakes and the Arts Council England.