Tanya Shadrick in residence at Bucks Mills National Trust
If you’re a reader of The Cure for Sleep – or interested in my creative projects & practices beyond the book – here are the best online places to join me in conversation:


Details of where you can meet me at festivals, workshops and other events are kept up to date on my events page.

Signed copies of The Cure for Sleep

You can request these – including what you’d like as a handwritten message – from Much Ado Books

Press & event bookings

For all enquiries relating to press and festivals for The Cure for Sleep please contact Virginia Woolstencroft at Orion Books:

Rights & other enquiries

Please send any other book-related enquiries via my literary agent Robert Caskie:

Guest tutoring & workshops

As a rural working-class writer first published after forty, I have a particular interest in working with organisations who support underrepresented voices.

My most recent mentoring, host tutor and guest speaking credits include the Class Festival at Bristol Festival of Ideas (2020), Ilkley Literature Festival (2021 and 2022), the Charles Causley Trust (2022), the Bath Spa MA in Nature and Travel Writing (2023) and Bath Festival (2023) where I was proud to be in conversation with Natasha Carthew, Artistic Director of The Class Festival, to celebrate her memoir of Cornish poverty and resilience, Undercurrent. From October 2022 to September 2023 I’m a co-tutor on bestselling author Sharon Blackie’s Hagitude program, offering intensive monthly creative confidence exercises for her book’s large international membership community.

As a creative workshop leader I specialise in helping others to write with more confidence about their past, their places and their people – with an emphasis on non-fiction and memoir. I’ve delivered these workshops for many groups including Wealden Literature Festival, Chip Lit Fest and New Writing South.

If you are interested in funding me to work with your organisation, please outline your requirements and fee offering by email to

Mentoring & group courses

I’m receiving many requests from aspiring and emerging writers around the world for one-to-one mentoring and small group classes. I’m moved that so many people want to do depth work with me after reading The Cure for Sleep and I’m working in 2023 to design some options for the new year. I will only be extending invitations to people who are already engaged members of my existing online communities, so please do join me on my free Substack to be sure of receiving news of opportunities to work with me.

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