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Three of Shelagh Delaney’s screenplays have become successful films: A Taste of Honey (1961, with Tony Richardson), based on her stage play of the same title; Charlie Bubbles (1968), based on one of her short stories; and Dance with a Stranger (1985), based on a celebrated murder case and trial in the mid-1950’s. Two other screenplays were not as successful: The White Bus (1966), from a Delaney short story, filmed but never released, and The Raging Moon (1970). Delaney has done several teleplays, including St. Martin’s Summer (1974), Did Your Nanny Come from Bergen? (1970), and Find Me First (1979). She has one television series to her credit, The House That Jack Built (1977), adapted for stage performance in New York in 1979. She has also written two radio plays, So Does the Nightingale (1980) and Don’t Worry About Matilda (1983), which was very favorably reviewed. In 1963, a collection of semiautobiographical short stories appeared: Sweetly Sings the Donkey. A number of her essays appeared in the 1960’s in The New York Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan.