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For ClassFest: Reclaiming The Wild, Friday 22 October 4.45pm, Watershed Bristol – a panel talk with Natasha Carthew, Anita Sethi and Tanya Shadrick

Bristol Festival of Ideas 21 Reclaiming the Wild

For Ilkley Literature Festival: Creative Mentoring Sessions (applications open on Tuesday 24 August; deadline Tues 14 Sept)

Tanya Shadrick for Ilkley Lit Fest Autumn 2021

Selkie Press founder Tanya Shadrick (a rural working-class writer first published after forty) will be returning to the festival to provide six free mentoring opportunities for those wishing to build their creative confidence.

These sessions are aimed at emerging writers based in the North of England, particularly those from backgrounds which are currently underrepresented within the cultural sector. Applicants will be informed by Mon 20th Sept if they have been successful.


In conversation for Love The Words podcast, July 2021

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.


Birds of Firle an essay for Little Toller/The Clearing, January 2021

Birds of Firle - Credit Tanya Shadrick

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.


Weidenfeld & Nicolson pre-empts ‘breathtaking’ memoir (December 2019)

The Cure For Sleep on The Bookseller

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


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.


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