Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of language, form and voice. Her short solo piece ‘Total Man’ (Electronic Voice Phenomena) was shortlisted for the 2013 Ted Hughes Award. ‘Marathon Tales’ (co-written with Colin Teevan for BBC Radio 3) won the 2014 Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama Script. Other works for theatre include ‘Opposition, A Political Play on Words’ (national tour 2012), ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’ (national tour 2013) and ‘Orchid’ for a large cast of teenage girls (Lady Eleanor Holles School). Her new solo work ‘Schlock!’ has been commissioned by the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and is produced by Penned in the Margins. She has performed her poetry across the UK and internationally including at Latitude, StAnza, Ledbury Festival, Krikri International festival of polyphony in Belgium and the Tokyo Design Centre. She is an associate artist with Penned in the Margins who published her debut poetry collection ‘Forms of Protest’ in 2013 (Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes 2014).
Hannah 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.
16th Aug: 12pm ‘Protest’ Poetry at Edinburgh Book Festival with Holly McNish, Elvis McGonagall and Porky the Poet.
Sat 6th Sept: Penned in the Margins Ten Year Birthday Party (with a little bit of performance by me and Ross Sutherland & others)
Thurs 2nd Oct, from 16:30: National Poetry Day, South Bank Centre, Free -events all day: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/national-poetry-day-live-86162
Weds 8th Oct: Schlock! (work in progress) at Camden People’s Theatre ‘Calm Down Dear’ Festival of Feminism with post show discussion on sex and subversion on the stage with Chris Goode and Maddy Costa
14th Oct, 7:45: ‘Pilot Night’ – Extract of ‘Schlock!’ Warwick Arts Centre
6th November 7:30pm: Oxford University Poetry Society A reading and panel discussion, ‘Poetry Now: Where Is It and Where Can It Go?’, with Sam Riviere and Sarah Howe
T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JD
7-9 Nov: Various events at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival including premiere of ‘Schlock!’ a new solo performance commissioned by the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and produced by Penned in the Margins.(Sat 8th Nov, 3pm Britten Studio, Snape Maltings)
12 Nov: Schlock! (preview) at MAC, Birmingham
‘Go to listen, marvel, participate. Go to be amazed. Just go’ ***** What’s on Stage – on Opposition, Edinburgh Fringe 2011
‘Her physical performances, fast-talking delivery and innovative use of cut-up text make her one of the most ambitious and entertaining poets in the country’ The Times, Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008
‘She uses techniques like cut-up and collage, sound poetry and physical theatre to create something that’s unique but nods to older forms like shamanism, pre-religious ceremonies, Dadaism, and the kind of games that children play with language’. Ian McMillan, The Verb, Radio 3
‘This brave and powerful play confirms Hannah Silva as a truly original voice’ Exeunt Magazine **** on ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’
‘What a unique and sensitive imagination Silva possesses – and what a fine understanding of the tiny details that distinguish between the great gulfs in our lives.’ Miriam Gillinson, Sketches on Theatre on ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’
“Forms of Protest really blew me away, breaking truly new ground in the process of a fundamentally performative poet making the radical adjustments to the page, with such grace and skill, but also in a way that leaves something unique as a trace in this book” SJ Fowler
“It is refreshing to encounter a poet who addresses political themes head-on, who is lashing out instead of looking in. So convincing are these poems that, having finished Forms of Protest, it is unlikely you will be hoodwinked by doublespeak ever again.” Robin Boothroyd, The Literateur
“Forms of Protest is an exciting, enraged debut: you can feel the blood pulsing and can almost taste the bile.” John Field, Poor Rude Lines
“This collection is in the great tradition of radical poetry and deserves to be widely read.” David Caddy, Tears in the Fence
Silva’s poems are unlike anything I’ve read…Her background in theatre, music and sound poetry inform Forms of Protest from the foundations up…a remarkable achievement. Dave Coates
‘Total Man’… shows Hannah’s capacity to work easily with thoughts about sound through sound itself, as she generates her new music with its fresh echoes. Denise Riley