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Forms of Protest

Authors: Hannah Silva

Published by Penned in the Margins

ISBN: 9781908058171

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Forms of Protest collects together for the first time the work of Hannah Silva, a poet known for her fearless and wholly original vocal performances. These poems and experimental texts oscillate between sense and nonsense, meaning and music, deconstructing traditional discourse and always testing the limits of language to represent the lived world.

Ranging in form from sound poems to collaged spam email, from monologues to lists of insults, and embracing subjects as diverse as war, sexuality and giant squid, Silva’s poetry is like nothing else you’ve read.


Hannah Silva is a poet and playwright. She has performed internationally and throughout the UK, including at Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and on Radio 3. Her solo show Opposition toured in 2011-12 and was described in a five-star review by What’s on Stage as “radical, political, courageous”. Her writing has been published in the anthologies Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012; ISBN 9781908058010) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe Books, 2013; ISBN 9781852249496). She lives in Plymouth.

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