Shelley Silas


Shelley Silas writes for theatre, radio and television, and has also written a number of short stories. Her stage plays include Shrapnel, Falling, Calcutta Kosher, Mercy Fine, and Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach. Plays for BBC Radio 4 include a co-adaptation of The Raj Quartet (with John Harvey), The Sound of Silence (shortlisted for the Imison Award), Ink, Collective Fascination, The Magpie Stories and the highly acclaimed I am Emma Humphreys. She won a Pearson Award and was writer in residence at The Bush Theatre, and Clean Break.

She compiled, edited and contributed to the anthology, 12 Days, and has written for The Flash and Little Black Dress. She has written and performed specially commissioned pieces for The Cheltenham Literature Festival and Hexham Literary Festival. She has published a short story for Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, is developing a TV series and creating several new ideas for radio.

Shelley has taught for the Arvon Foundation, Clean Break and the National Youth Theatre. She lives in South London with her partner, the writer Stella Duffy.

Shelley Silas


London School of Economics and Political Science 2013-15
Goldsmiths, University of London 2010-12