October 2021: Class Festival, Bristol

Class Festival 2021

Part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, the Class Festival is a new event for 2021 created by Cornish writer Natasha Carthew – co-sponsored by Hachette UK and Penguin Books – to encourage and promote working class writers. For latest news follow @ClassFestival on Twitter.


To be rescheduled 11 to 13 September, 2020: Vicarious Festival, Somerset

Tanya Shadrick at Vicarious Festival Sept 2020

The Vicarious Festival is a not-for-profit celebration of cultural diversity and the power of travel storytelling to nurture curiosity, empathy, and wanderlust.

Leading a What3Words workshop on mindful ways to explore our writerly identities. Also taking part in a panel discussion on Friday 11th at 1pm: Is travel writing an outmoded concept?

Talk at Vicarious Festival Sept 2020

To be rescheduled Saturday 12 July, 2020 (10.30am-4pm): Wild Woodcut Words at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft with Jo Sweeting, Tanya Shadrick + Louisa Thomsen Brits

Ditching Museum of Art + CraftThis workshop will celebrate language and landscape. It offers a chance to rekindle and work with words that evoke memorable places. Bring names and phrases you wish to share and shape with Tanya and Louisa. Jo will work to help you make a woodcut print to take home. We will also create a scroll on Japanese paper recording the group’s words to become part of the Wordhoard Project collection.

Blockheads by Jo Sweeting

To be rescheduled Friday 10 July, 2020 (7pm): Discussion Evening at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft – Three Women and a Chalkstone

Ditching Museum of Art + Craft


An evening of lively discussion with letter carver Jo Sweeting and writers Louisa Thomsen Brits and Tanya Shadrick – an exploration of landscape and language, with an introduction to their Re-wilding the Wordhoard project.

The first stage of their work – the Foundle – took place on the Sussex Downs where the three women coaxed words from a chalk boulder using local dialcect and the language of the landscape. There will be carving on show, extracts read from the writers and poets who have contributed as well as images and narrative from public encounters.

To be rescheduled: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April, 2020: National Trust Bucks Mills Artists’ Cabin, North Devon

Wordhoard at Bucks Mill National Trust 2020

Saturday 13 July, 2019: Between the Tides, Whitstable

“Wonderful to hear Wainwright Prize longlisted editor of Wild Woman Swimming speak today. She talked movingly of her role as writer the way I (sometimes) see mine-a public encounterer, a quiet inviter; being useful.” Writer Dr Kate Fox on Twitter. 

‘Swim-lit’ is a growing body of literature that reflects our love of diving in. Between the Tides Festival celebrated it with a day of author talks, workshops, film-screenings and music, designed to please both intrepid explorers of the open water, and readers who prefer to keep their feet dry.

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June, 2019: Wealden Literary Festival

Writer-in-Residence Wealden Literary Festival 2019

“One of the highlights of this year’s fabulous Wealden Lit Fest was today’s spirited, generous and enlarging discussion between Tanya Shadrick, Jessica J Lee and Nina Powles on increasing diversity and the breadth of stories in nature and place writing. Inspiring.” Irreplaceable author Julian Hoffmann on Twitter.

Ran workshops on childhood place – using words from Jay Griffiths’ classic book Kith: Riddle of  the Childscape as starting point: ‘one’s square mile, the first landscape we know…Amor Loci’. Festival-goers were also invited to share their words, voices & stories between time with a line up of fine nature/place writers including Raynor Winn, Adam Nicholson, Horatio Clare, Emma Mitchell,  & Naoko Abe.

Joined Jessica J Lee and Nina Powles of Willowherb Review in a panel discussion on Beyond the Green and Pleasant Land, before chairing the last talk of the weekend: Authors Neil Ansell (The Last Wilderness) and Dan Richards (Outpost) on wild places.

Wednesday 24 June, 2019: Stay This Moment: Diary-writing in Virginia Woolf’s Garden at Monks’ House National Trust, Rodmell for National Writing Day

Monk's House National Trust - Virginia Woolf's Writing Room

“If one does not lie back and sum up and say to the moment, this very moment, stay you are so fair, what will be one’s gain, dying? No: stay this moment. No one ever says that enough. Always hurry. I am now going in, to see Leonard, and say stay this moment…” (Diaries of Virginia Woolf, 1932).

Artist-in-residence Tanya Shadrick was in the gardens at Monk’s House National Trust for National Writing Day to reads passages from Woolf and invite visitors to engage in diary and letter-writing.

Sussex-based writer and artist Tanya Shadrick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and 2019 Writer-in-Residence for Wealden Literature Festival. A former hospice scribe, she is best known in the nature/place-writing community as creator of the Wild Patience Scrolls: a mile of diary-writing and story-collecting done over two summers at Pells Pool Lido in nearby Lewes.

Sunday 24 February, 2019: Tanya Shadrick and Katharine May for Faversham Literary Festival

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An excursion into walking, swimming, wellbeing, nature and writing with authors Katherine May and Tanya Shadrick.

Katherine May’s memoir tells of her 630-mile walk in the wilds, following the South West Coast Path, as she comes to terms with an Asperger’s diagnosis. Tanya Shadrick is a former hospice life-story scribe who, during a long-distance writing project, was contacted by the well-known wild swimmer Lynne Roper, then in her last months of life. Tanya made a promise to publish her writings posthumously and, two years later, Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters – recommended by The Outdoor Swimming Society and in Amazon’s top twenty swimming titles – is the result.

Sunday 18 November, 2018: Wild Woman Swimming at Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

Kendal Mountain 2018

“Outstanding talk by Tanya Shadrick. Love of life, and loss, and the role of water in it all. And fascinating insights on editing another’s work. ‘I let her life divert the course of mine, the best diversion of my life…'” Library of Ice author Nancy Cambell on Twitter.

Friday 14 September, 2018: Launch of Wild Woman Swimming, Dartington

WWS Launch

Tanya Shadrick and Outdoor Swimming Society founders Kate Rew and Kari Furre were joined at Dartington by several hundred of Lynne’s friends, admirers and close family – including her parents – at this emotional celebration of the late writer’s posthumously-published swim diaries.

Thursday 30 August, 2018: Swim Talk: Stories from the Swim Community, Brighton

Swim Talk at Sea Lanes

Sea Lanes Brighton were delighted to be hosting an evening of swim-talk on Thursday 30th August. Hosted by Ella FooteOutdoor Swimming Society Ambassador & swimming writer, the panel discussion featured: Alexandra Heminsley, bestselling author of Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves and the Will to Swim, Tanya Shadrick, 2016/17 writer-in-residence for Pells Pool in Sussex and writer of Outdoor Swimming Society recommended read Watermarks, and Rosie Cook, Founder of new transformational women’s swimwear brand Deakin and Blue.

Wednesday 15 August, 2018: ‘Wild Writer’ for PechaKucha Brighton

Wild Writer Talk for PechaKucha

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 August, 2018: Artist-in-Residence at National Trust Bucks Mills Cabin, North Devon

National Trust Bucks Mills

Monday 20 February, 2018: Reading at book launch for Justin Hopper’s The Old Weird Albion

Strange Sussex

Sunday 19 November, 2017: Watermarks at Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival 2017 - In Audience

Wednesday 21 June, 2017: Find Your Flow at Pells Pool

For the inaugural National Writing Day, 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 the challenge to write a letter to their future selves, which were posted back to them months later.

National Writing Day

Tuesday 6 June, 2017: Watermarks Book Launch, Elephant & Castle, Lewes

Watermarks Launch

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 Journal 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.”

Saturday 6 May, 2017: Brighton Museum

“Written in Water”: Writer-in-residence for this one-day Free for the Festival event hosted by The Frogmore Press. 

Wild Patience at Brighton Museum 2

Something so peaceful about Tanya Shadrick’s writing @BrightonMuseums

Monday 14 November, 2016: The Language Centre, Sussex University

“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 introduced 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 explored how the project of the journal extime redefines the diary and act of writing, as well as the role of the writer as ethnographer of a space/time, and the impact of women writers ‘occupying’ public space.

Professor Lyn Thomas discussed 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.

In May 2016, 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 — sought to offer up the role of writer for examination. She spoke to the sources and events which fed the work and discussed 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”

Brighton Magazine