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‘Tanya is an electrifying voice and her book reminds me of the very best memoirs – Joan Didion’s autobiographical writing, Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood…I cannot wait to publish it.’ Lettice Franklin, Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Tanya Shadrick’s memoir The Cure for Sleep – the story of a late-waking life – will be published in February 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. In 2016, she began her Wild Patience Scrolls – a mile of writing composed pen on paper beside England’s oldest outdoor pool. She has since had residencies in other extraordinary locations, including a modernist treehouse near Lake Geneva and Virginia Woolf’s garden on the Sussex Downs: a practice of writing outside to inspire creativity and connection that has earned her Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Learn more of Tanya’s work beyond writing at:
Background | Speaking | Projects
Interviews | Residencies


“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)