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The Cure for Sleep/Grounding: Tanya Shadrick and Lulah Ellender in Conversation, Wealden Literary Festival, Sunday 26 June at 12.30

Tanya Shadrick & Lulah Ellender at Wealden Lit Fest 2022

We are delighted to welcome two former Wealden writers-in-residence to discuss their inspiring books both of which, in their very different ways, teach us to pay heed to the world around us and make the most of what we have.

In Tanya Shadrick’s first book, The Cure for Sleep, the author vows to stop sleepwalking through life. To take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl, before loss and fear had her retreat into routine and daydreams.

Lulah Ellender’s Grounding shows how the author found solace in her own small plot of land in Sussex and visits to the celebrated gardens close by such as Charleston and Sissinghurst. The author reflects on the ways in which tending the soil, growing plants, and tuning into the unceasing rhythms of nature can help us live with uncertainty and bring a sense of coming home, of feeling grounded, and ultimately of finding one’s time-bound place here on Earth.

Maddie Mortimer, Tanya Shadrick & Catherine Simpson: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Friday 26 August 2022

Edinburgh International Literary Festival - Maddie Mortimer, Tanya Shadrick, Catherine Simpson

Three writers discuss their books in which women encounter death and re-evaluate 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. Their conversation is chaired by author Helen McClory.


Listen again: Body Work/The Cure For Sleep: Melissa Febos and Tanya Shadrick in Conversation: for Pages of Hackney Wednesday 16 March 2022

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.

The Telegraph: ‘What a near-death experience taught me about living’, Mar 2022

Tanya Shadrick in The Telegraph - Credit Christopher Pledger

Online Launch for The Cure for Sleep: Tanya in Conversation with Kathryn Aalto

Online Launch - The Cure for Sleep

Listen to the recording of Tanya in conversation with Kathyrn Aalto, answering questions submitted in real-time by the online audience.

‘Beguiling…daring…enchantingly written’: The Cure for Sleep an Editor’s Choice for January in The Bookseller, October 2021

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, October 2021

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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