A mile of writing. What patience it would take.
What nerve. To be a woman in middle age, taking up space, claiming attention. Fiercely clever, while appearing calm and composed. Making an exhibition of myself. What Mother said I must never, ever do. Beyond the pale. Outside the fenced enclosure; into disrepute. Could it be done? What might it do to my life if I tried?”

The Cure For Sleep: a late-waking life

Tanya Shadrick’s memoir The Cure for Sleep – the story of a life changed forever by sudden near-death – will be published in February 2022 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and can be pre-ordered now.

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 Tanya promised to make after a single meeting with its dying author, Lynne Roper.

Jan Michalski Foundation, Switzerland (2017)

Tanya embarked on her first public work after forty with The Wild Patience Scrolls (2016-7)a mile of writing composed pen on paper beside England’s oldest outdoor pool. Since then, she has been a writer-in-residence at many other extraordinary locations, including the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland and Virginia Woolf’s garden on the Sussex Downs. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018.

What People Say

“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

“Tanya has that very rare combination of stillness and energy. Her stories captivated me instantly”

Agent Robert Caskie

“Tanya is an electrifying voice and her book reminds me of the very best memoirs – Joan Didion’s writing, Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood…”

Editor Lettice Franklin
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