Signed by Caskie Mushens for The Cure for Sleep (October 2019)

Tanya Shadrick at Caskie Mushens

Privilege to be signed by agent Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens on the strength of my first narrative non-fiction project The Cure for Sleep. I am joining a list that includes many writers I admire, including Marc Hamer (How to Catch a Mole) and Julian Hoffman (Irreplaceable).

Wild Woman Swimming: Longlisted for Wainwright Prize (June 2019)

Wainwright Prize 2019

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel.

Celebrating its sixth year, the prize is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.

You can read a sample chapter from Lynne Roper’s posthumously-published Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters, edited and published by Tanya Shadrick through The Selkie Press, on the Wainwright Prize site.

Finalist, Brighton Prize for Fiction (November 2018)

Brighton Prize 2018

The annual Brighton Prize is open to international entries and exists to find inventive new writing. With its roots in Rattle Tales, a performance group, there is an emphasis on stories that work as well on the stage as the page. I was thrilled to be a Flash Fiction finalist from nine hundred entrants to the 2018 competition.

Extract from ‘Courting’

He says something about first kissing his wife, two decades ago, the gulf of it – the distance between two people who haven’t touched yet but will – so she (not his wife, but the woman with him) wonders if this is it finally. She is to be tested, and found wanting.

PechaKucha: Wild Writer (August 2018)

PechaKucha Wild Writer

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. My Wild Writer talk on the roles of accident, emergency, chance and effort in my late-emerging creative life was recorded live at the Brighton PechaKucha gathering.

BBC Radio 4: Pursuit of Beauty – Slow Art (June 2018)

BBC Radio 4 - Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art

My Wild Patience Scrolls – a two-season mile of writing – are included in this Radio 4 feature on durational art, alongside the Ash Dome of David Nash and James Turrell’s Roden Crater.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (March 2018)

Privilege to have been accepted as a Fellow of the RSA with its mission to ‘enrich society through ideas and action’ and belief in the power to create.

The Guardian (December 2017)

Winter Walks

One of ten nature writers invited to describe a winter walk for this Christmas special feature.

Radio 4 Extra (November 2017)

BBC Radio 4 Extra - People Talking

Co-presenter of this 3-hour archive special looking at the history of ordinary people talking on British radio:

Fi Glover trawls the archives for intimate stories of the everyday, tracing how curated wartime spirit developed into today’s unmediated snapshots of life, with the help of writer and lido supporter, Tanya Shadrick.

From Olive Shapley’s Mass Observation-inspired recordings in the 1930s and 40s, via Radio Ballads and Down Your Way, they arrive at the verbatim examples of 20th Century Vox and The Listening Project, charting the development from patronised ‘ordinary folk’ to the autonomy of contemporary voices.

Writer-in-Residence, Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing & Literature, Switzerland (Sept 2017)

I was privileged to be one of the inaugural-year recipients of a residency at this leading European foundation for writing and literature, staying in one of 7 new architect-designed ‘treehouses’.

The Foundation describes its mission as being “to foster literary creation and encourage the practice of reading through a range of initiatives and activities. These include mounting exhibitions and cultural events that have a connection with writing and literature, making a large multilingual library available to the public, awarding an annual prize in world literature, granting financial support, and…hosting a writer-in-residence program.”

The residency was awarded so I could devote my time to completing the Wild Patience Scrolls and locate the work in a European context.

BBC1 South East Today (August 2017)

Return visit by BBC South East Arts Correspondent Robin Gibson to my Wild Patience at Pells Pool, following announcement of my award from the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland.

The Unexpected Fisher/#LetsFish, Film for Canal and River Trust/Smoke Creatives (July 2017)

A joy to write the narration and have my first fishing lesson recorded for this short film by the Canal and River Trust to support their new Let’s Fish initiative. The piece pays tribute to the men & women in all our communities who give their time freely to help others learn this skill and tells too the story of my own relationship to fishing.


I’ve wanted to fish all my life. My father was a skilled angler — fished in the Devon and Cornish seas where I grew up, tied his own flies. One of my earliest memories is of watching him casting from a riverbank & my feeling completely still & happy in my skin. But he left just after my second birthday and chose never to spend any time with me after that. He left behind a knitted fishing cap on an out of reach peg in the porch, and I think it — or fishing — became a symbol of this bigger thing I’d lost. I got a bit stuck about fishing too — it was a thing I wanted in my life, but I didn’t want to go on a course or teach myself. Sounds a bit folorn I know but I wanted to be taught the way a child learns from a family member! So I just collected things to do with it instead – hence all the books and fishing flies on my writing desk.

Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Part social history, part memoir, Swell uncovers a world of secret swimming…A joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women. 

The author of this rich new social history of swimming spent a day with me at Pells Pool in the 2016 season. I am honoured to be included in the book:

Swell by Jenny Landreth

“Tanya writes eloquently about that ‘young self’, a nine-year-old enjoying the freedoms of a long country summer…and how ‘the coast and its cold water was the site from which her glorious sense of self-sovereignty sprang’…In Tanya’s words one can feel the sense of personal ownership and self-sufficiency that resided, unexamined, in her young body.. Nobody rules you, nothing has ruined you, you are gleefully, determinedly, yourself.”

Oh Comely, Issue 32 (Aug 2016)

In this 6-page feature (Laps of Longhand) I was asked to write on the deep oriental influences at work in my mile of longhand (with images by project photographer Steve Creffield).

Oh Comely is a British bi-monthly with highstreet distribution which describes itself as a ‘curious, honest and playful independent magazine. It’s a place to meet strangers, hear their stories and look at life differently.’

BBC Local Radio: Feelgood Friday – broadcast to 40 stations (Aug 2016)

BBC Georgey Tweet

BBC1 South East Today (July 2016)

Radio 4 Today (July 2016)

Radio 4 Today