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Shelley Silas

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Name  Shelley Silas
Role  Playwright
Partner  Stella Duffy

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Books  Mercy Fine, Calcutta Kosher, Falling, Twelve Days

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Shelley Silas is a British-Jewish playwright. Born in Calcutta, India in 1959 of Sephardi Jewish heritage, she moved to Golders Green, North London aged two. Her father had also been born in Calcutta and had moved to Mandatory Palestine at the age of two and later fought in the Israeli War of Independence; her Indian-born mother left her wealthy family and moved to London at nineteen.


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In 2002, she won a Pearson award and was writer-in-residence at London's Bush Theatre. Her stage plays are published by Oberon.

Her work for BBC Radio Four includes The Sound of Silence (short-listed for the 2003 Imison Award, creating and co-writing The Magpie Stories;, adapting Hanan al-Shaykh's novel Only in London and co-adapting Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet (with John Harvey).

She has also compiled and edited an anthology of short stories, 12 Days, published by Virago Press.

Stage plays

  • Shrapnel (1999)
  • Falling (2002)
  • Calcutta Kosher (2004)
  • Mercy Fine (2005)
  • Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach (2008)
  • Radio plays

  • The Sound of Silence (2002)
  • The Magpie Stories (2002)
  • Collective Fascination (2005)
  • Ink (2005)
  • Nothing Happened (2005, co-written with Luke Sorba)
  • Molly's Story (2007)
  • I Am Emma Humphreys (2009)
  • Current radio commissions (2010)

  • The People Next Door
  • Mr Jones Goes Driving
  • Radio adaptations

  • Calcutta Kosher (2002)
  • Only in London (2005)
  • The Raj Quartet (2005)
  • TV

  • The Barkers Treatment commission, Monkey Kingdom
  • References

    Shelley Silas Wikipedia

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