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.
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