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“In Tanya’s words one can feel the sense of personal ownership and self-sufficiency…Nobody rules you, nothing has ruined you, you are gleefully, determinedly, yourself.” Swell, Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Thank you for visiting. As a writer and hospice lifestory scribe, I work in public spaces to encourage creative responses to our lives and times.

As 2016/17 artist-in-residence for Pells Pool  in Sussex – the UK’s oldest freshwater lido – I embarked on a mile of writing on pool-length scrolls of paper. Called A Wild Patience: Laps of Longhandit was a participatory piece which invited pool-goers to share with me their stories of the wild and free.

My Wild Patience feature for the Outdoor Swimming Society reflects on the sources of the work and the depths it has sounded in the lives of others.

“Moving, subtle, lucid…” Robert Macfarlane, author of The Wild Places

The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature granted me an inaugural-year residency for September 2017, where the final scroll was completed on performance in view of Lake Geneva – giving an international perspective on what began as an intensely-local endeavour.

For latest news on this, and my other writing and speaking events, you are welcome to follow me on Twitter @lidowriters.

Please send project or press enquiries to: tanya@tanyashadrick.com

“It’s a very rare thing to meet an artist working outside in public. You made me question myself, my view of reality.”

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Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers & Wild Swimmers

Edited by Tanya Shadrick & Rachel Playforth

In April 2017 The Frogmore Press and Pells Pool in Lewes published Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers & Wild Swimmers: an anthology of exceptional new work to celebrate the life aquatic. More than fifty fine poets and prose-writers take us to waters around the world and immerse us there in birth and death, danger and rescue, new loves and last. The book is now in its third edition, having reached number 2 spot in the Amazon poetry anthology bestsellers. It was awarded ‘recommended’ status by The Outdoor Swimming Society.

Order online at: Amazon |Telegraph Books| Foyles
Buy in Lewes: Skylark Books | Waterstones

 “There you were, dressed in a way that enabled me to imagine you as a woman from a more ancient time, some older being who knew what it was to focus on something important…You looked so steadfast and I felt held by your presence.”