This residential weekend will take place at the beautiful Trevadlock Manor in the heart of the Cornish countryside near Launceston. During the weekend there will be sessions both inside and out, to help you find your voice and give you the tools to harness your ideas. Topics covered will include:
- Mapping a place
- Framing experiences
- Creating a narrative
- Techniques for building pace, focus and emotional impact
- How to pitch, including crafting an ‘elevator pitch’
- How to build a social media profile
- The publishing process for memoir and non-fiction
- One-to-ones for personal feedback and development
One of the best book festival events I’ve attended…You can never predict when a conversation between writers will catch fire, but this one emphatically didDavid Robinson, The Scotsman
Three writers discussed their books in which women encountered death and re-evaluated the bodies in which they live. Mortimer’s semi-autobiographical tour de force Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies charts a daughter’s relationship with her dying mother. In The Cure for Sleep Shadrick swears to begin living life to the full after narrowly escaping death following childbirth and in One Body, Simpson luminously embraces body positivity after cancer.
A passionate and wide-ranging conversation about authenticity to celebrate the UK launch of Skye Cleary fascinating new book How To Be You: Simone de Beauvoir and the Art of Authentic Living (Ebury).
It was a real joy to welcome Melissa Febos and Tanya Shadrick on Pages of Hackney Instagram Live for a brilliant discussion of the art of memoir, the challenges of corporeal writing, and navel-gazing as an act of resistance. Thank you so, so much to Melissa and Tanya as well as all of you that joined us live. Watch (again) now.
Listen to the recording of Tanya in conversation with Kathyrn Aalto, answering questions submitted in real-time by the online audience.
Tanya talks to poet and presenter Peter Spafford about her forthcoming memoir The Cure For Sleep (W&N: 2022) and its themes of late-waking, renewal and becoming open to surprising connections.
Ilkley Literature Festival 2021, Saturday 27 March, 12.30
Natasha Carthew & Tanya Shadrick: Reclaiming the Wild. Join acclaimed nature writers Natasha Carthew and Tanya Shadrick in this free event as they discuss what it means to be working-class nature writers in their respective fields of fiction and non-fiction. Together, they highlight the importance of authentic voices, give readings from their latest works and discuss the barriers working-class writers face when entering the world of publishing. In this event, Carthew launches this year’s Nature Writing Prize for Working Class Writers and Shadrick gives her first reading from The Cure For Sleep (W&N: Feb 2022).
Pre-recorded event. Run time 54 mins approx. This event is captioned. Presented in partnership with the University of Leeds.
The story of a single wordless book of rooks, and the first year of its decade-long journey to reach 100 collaborators. Inviting responses on ‘grief or hope as the things with feathers’, Birds of Firle is an experiment in slow art and communal/cumulative creativity, initiated by Tanya for her small publisher imprint The Selkie Press.
Editorial director Lettice Franklin acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in The Cure for Sleep from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens. It will be published as hardback, trade paperback, e-book and audiobook in spring 2022
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.