I’m Tanya Shadrick, author of The Cure for Sleep: my story of waking up, breaking free and making a more creative life – even as I remained a wife and mother in a small town.
Here’s where you can start to turn your own creative dreams into reality by finding like-minds, discovering life-changing stories, and exploring new ways to make beauty & meaning from the everyday.
There’s also a way to share your own true tales…
What happens when you realise that you must change your life?
When – after years of hiding in routine, shrinking from opportunity, and sleepwalking through your days – you know you want more.
How do you remake your life without breaking it?
about my writing, the craft of non-fiction, or building a creative practice
Podcasts, radio & film
Listen to Tanya in conversation with fellow authors and artists – including Sharon Blackie, Katherine May, Melissa Febos, David Nash & more
Interviews, essays & articles
Read Tanya’s words for Waterstones, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Little Toller, The Simple Things, Ernest Journal & others
Wild Patience Scrolls
a mile of writing composed pen on paper on 5 x 150ft scrolls, inviting onlookers to describe when they felt most wild and free
supported by Pells Pool, Lewes, and the Jan Michalski Foundation, Switzerland
as featured by Radio 4, Oh Comely and the Outdoor Swimming Society
Concentrates of Place
a rest-of-life project begun by artist Tanya Shadrick after sudden near-death
as featured by National Geographic Education, Ernest Journal and The Simple Things
recordings of place and people begun a decade after sudden near-death
archived in soundcloud
The Selkie Press
small publisher with a big commitment to stories of community & connection
founded by Tanya Shadrick
home to Wild Woman Swimming, Birds of Firle & Selkie Press Stories
a single edition book being posted in sequence to one hundred collaborators across a decade, inviting responses on grief & hope as the things with feathers
as featured by Little Toller’s The Clearing
a journal of west country waters
by Lynne Roper
edited by Tanya Shadrick
longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize