“Moved by Tanya’s readings from #WildPatience scrolls and by them as physical objects, in/of time/place. Quietly inspirational.”
For the inaugural National Writing Day, I shared ideas on ways to build a creative life and invited pool-goers to find their flow through writing by hand. Dozens of visitors accepted my challenge to write a letter to their future selves, which I will post back to them weeks or months (or years?) from now.
The launch of new work by fifty fine poets and prose-writers who take us into the world’s lakes, lidos, rivers and oceans.
Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers & Wild Swimmers is an anthology of exceptional new prose and poetry to celebrate the life aquatic, brought together by The Frogmore Press and Pells Pool in Lewes.
Introduced by our editors, Tanya Shadrick and Rachel Playforth, and with readings from contributors, this was a celebration of a very special creative endeavour.
You can read Tanya’s words to open the evening in the Laps/Lines section.
“I feel blessed to know you and your writing even more now you have shared your writerly beginnings with some of us. The Watermarks launch reminded me of where my own written, far too sporadic, words have come from over the years – always my place of deepest emotions.”
“Written in Water”: Writer-in-residence for this one-day Free for the Festival event hosted by The Frogmore Press.
“Something so peaceful about Tanya Shadrick’s writing @BrightonMuseums”
“Diaries of the Outside: Annie Ernaux’s urban journals and Tanya Shadrick’s Wild Patience scrolls”
This seminar, jointly organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and the Sussex Centre for Language Studies will introduce the concept of the journal extime, or diary of the outside, pioneered by prize-winning French writer Annie Ernaux.
The speakers, Professor Lyn Thomas and Lewes-based writer Tanya Shadrick will explore how the project of the journal extime redefines the diary and act of writing, as well as discussing the role of the writer as ethnographer of a space/time, and the impact of women writers ‘occupying’ public space.
Professor Lyn Thomas will discuss Ernaux’s Journal du dehors and La vie extérieure, her diaries of her encounters in the urban spaces of Paris and the nearby new town, Cergy-Pontoise where she lives. A more recent diary of Ernaux’s visits to her local hypermarket Auchan: Regarde les lumières mon amour will also be examined. Quotations will be read in the original French and translations will be provided.
In May this year, Tanya Shadrick embarked on a year-long site-specific feat of ‘distance’ writing at Pells Pool in nearby Lewes. Called Wild Patience: Laps in Longhand, her work — done under the public gaze, on her knees, while inviting visitors to engage with the process — seeks to offer up the role of writer for examination. She will speak to the sources and events which fed the work and discuss the challenges for a woman writer embodying her work in public.
“Felt so inspired after your reading from the #WildPatience scrolls – the relational self and the idea of the self with fluid boundaries…It has fuelled a week of thinking and making work.”
Thursday 22 September, 2016: Magazine Brighton
“Fear of the blank page to a mile of longhand: Building a lasting artist’s practice”
Saturday 17 September, 2016: National Lido Conference, Portishead
“Libraries, Life-stories & Other Lo-Fi Ways to Create a Sense of Place & Belonging”