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Shelley Silas is an award-winning playwright and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. Shelley was a winner in the ICA’s 1996 New Blood fiction competition with her short story Via Calcutta. She has now been commissioned to write sketches for So What if I am and the A-Z Show, both for BBC Radio 4. Calcutta Kosher, had a rehearsed reading with Tara Arts in 1998 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2000. Shrapnel, her second play, was produced at the Battersea Arts Centre in 1999 by The Steam Industry. Her short story, The Suit with the Silk Purple Lining, is published by Diva Books. In 2002, she won a Pearson award and was writer-in-residence at London's Bush Theatre. Her stage plays are published by Oberon. She has also compiled and edited an anthology of short stories, 12 Days, published by Virago Press.