Division: Literature & Languages
Black British Poetry in Performance
Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language in performance. Her debut poetry collection Forms of Protest (Penned in the Margins, 2013) has been widely praised and was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. She won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama Script with her verse play Marathon Tales (co-written with Colin Teevan for BBC Radio 3) and has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Total Man.
She has performed her poetry throughout the UK and internationally including at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Southbank Centre, Sage Gateshead, and the Lowry. She is an Associate Lecturer in Poetry and Playwriting at Birkbeck, University of London, and Associate Artist of Penned in the Margins. She holds a First Class degree in Choreography and Textual Practices from Dartington College of Arts and an MFA in Theatre Practice from Exeter University (Distinction).
As part of her doctoral research project she is conducting a series of in depth interviews for the British Library with black British poets on their approaches to performance and perspectives on the British poetry scene.
Interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of poetry in performance.
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship with the British Library/Stirling University.