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 Dead Weight, Series 4 in Val McDermid’s DEAD series, and series 5, Dead Cert. She co-adapted the The Raj Quartet (with John Harvey), The Sound of Silence (shortlisted for the Imison Award), Ink, Collective Fascination, adapted Heat and Dust, The Magpie Stories and the highly acclaimed I am Emma Humphreys which won a Clarion Award. She won a Pearson Award and was writer in residence at The Bush Theatre, and Clean Break. Current commissions include a play for Rifco Theatre, a monologue for Kali Theatre’s Winter Solos, a short for BBC Radio 4 and Pier Productions in a season of monologues to be broadcast in 2021.
Shelley wrote three audio test pieces for BBC Radio R&D, one had visuals created for it and it became an award winning VR short, The Turning Forest, which premiered at film festivals around the world and which Google used to launch their Pixel phone. Definitely one of the highlights of Shelley’s career!
Shelley has taught for the Arvon Foundation, Clean Break and the National Youth Theatre. She lives in South London with her wife, writer, co-director of Fun Palaces and campaigner, Stella Duffy.