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‘Tanya Shadrick…is an electrifying new voice and her book has the quality of a fable that teaches us how to live, how to step out of the confines we have made for ourselves, how to wake up.” Lettice Franklin, Editorial Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson on The Cure for Sleep


Tanya Shadrick’s first book The Cure for Sleep – the story of a late-waking life – will be published in early 2022 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

As founder of The Selkie Press, she is editor of Wild Woman Swimming – a journal of west country waters longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize: a book created following just a single meeting with its dying author, Lynne Roper.

Tanya is also a sought-after artist in residence who encourages connection and creativity in those who encounter her. In 2016, she began her Wild Patience Scrolls – a mile of writing composed outdoors, pen on paper, beside the country’s oldest lido and completed near Lake Geneva with support from  The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature.

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She has since worked with the public in other extraordinary locations that include Virginia Woolf’s garden on the Sussex Downs, a listed National Trust cabin on a cliffside by the wild west country sea, and Boldshaves Garden (where she was the 2019 writer-in-residence for Wealden Literary Festival.)

Her short-form writing has appeared in many publications – including The Guardian and Little Toller’s online journal The Clearing – and she was featured alongside her mentor the sculptor David Nash in the 2018 BBC Radio 4 show Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art. 

After a childhood on the outskirts of a small market town near the North Devon and Cornwall coast, Tanya has lived for the last twenty-five years on the Sussex Downs – surrounded by the landscape and light which also made the area a settling place for writer Virginia Woolf and artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Eric Ravilious.


“Tanya creates intriguing space in public places where the curious find themselves engaging in a writer’s practice and volunteering their own stories to be woven into her work.” Sculptor David Nash RA

“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.” Jenny Landreth writing in Swell (Bloomsbury, 2017)


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