Interview with Wealden Literary Festival

Tanya Shadrick, writer-in-residence for the 2019 Wealden Literary Festival, recommends essential texts and other tips for aspiring writers. Is there one work of writing about the natural world that has had the biggest impact on you? After my near-death at 33, the book that became talismanic was Matsuo Bashō’s 16th century travelogue and haiku collection The… Read More Interview with Wealden Literary Festival

Wild Woman Swimming in The Wainwright Prize 2019 Longlist

The prestigious Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize – which celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel –  included the posthumously-published Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country by Lynne Roper (the only book from its editor Tanya Shadrick’s Selkie Press) in the 2019 longlist. Celebrating its sixth year, The Wainwright Golden Beer… Read More Wild Woman Swimming in The Wainwright Prize 2019 Longlist

Story of a Floor: National Trust Artists’ Cabin, Bucks Mills

In August 2018 I was artist-in-residence for the North Devon National Trust at the Artists’ Cabin at Bucks Mills. In the tradition of uncanny tales told as one year turns to another, here is one from the week I spent there in two rooms still filled with the clothes, paints, teacups & other possessions of… Read More Story of a Floor: National Trust Artists’ Cabin, Bucks Mills

Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters

“A month in to my Wild Patience, I was sighted by visionary wild swimmer and OSS press officer Lynne ‘Rivers’ Roper. She was drawn first by a scroll extract I’d posted describing my girlhood’s glorious sense of self-sovereignty got from the wild Cornish sea…Soon afterwards, she read of my hospice lifestory work and revealed her terminal diagnosis for… Read More Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters

Why I Write Outside: Laps of Longhand

Genius loci, one regular calls me. Spirit of place.  This season, I kneel daily beside my town’s historic lido, writing slow on scrolls of pool-length paper while swimmers do fast laps and grab the lunchtime sun. Writer-in-residence. Genius loci, one regular calls me. Spirit of place.  The emergency which delivered me into this strange occupation… Read More Why I Write Outside: Laps of Longhand