Speaking

Tanya is a regular workshop leader and public speaker, with appearances at festivals including Kendal Mountain, Faversham, Between The Tides and Wealden. Below are links to talks, interviews and media contributions that are still available online.


Radio: ‘People Talking,’ BBC Radio 4Extra (October 2020)

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 former hospice scribe, 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.

First broadcast in November 2017. Produced by Marya Burgess


Podcast: Downstream, Outdoor Swimmer (April 2020)

From the banks of the Thames to a history of women’s swimwear, welcome to an occasional series from Outdoor Swimmer magazine of authors reading from their books. In this episode we hear from Lara Maiklem author of Mudlarking; Tanya Shadrick, editor of Wild Woman Swimming by Lynn Roper; Jenny Landreth, author of Swell: A Waterbiography; and Anna McNuff author of 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. Presented by Jonathan Cowie and Ella Foote.


Podcast: ‘Foundle’, Growing Wild FM (December 2019)

Charlotte Petts speaks to sculptor Jo Sweeting and writers Tanya Shadrick and Louisa Thomsen Brits about Foundle, a project reclaiming old dialect words by stone carving in the outdoors (from 32 minutes in).


Talk: ‘Wild Writer’, PechaKucha (August 2018)

Inspirational artist and writer Tanya Shadrick explains how her response to an act of vandalism set her on a journey of career change and creativity. Now a sought after artist-in-residence, with the famous David Nash as her mentor, Tanya is a true creative tour de force.

Recorded live using the global PechaKucha format of 20 slides x 20 seconds of talk per image.


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

Tanya is interviewed alongside her mentor the sculptor David Nash. They discuss his Ash Dome at 40 and Tanya’s two-year Wild Patience mile of writing, in a programme which also features durational sculpture and music. Producer Sara-Jane Hall.


TV: BBC South East Today (August 2017)

BBC Arts Correspondent Robin Gibson makes a return visit to Tanya at her poolside mile of writing, following announcement of her award from the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland.


Film: ‘The Unexpected Fisher’, Canal and River Trust (July 2017)

Narrator and subject of this short film by the Canal and River Trust to support their 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 Tanya’s own relationship to fishing.


TV: BBC South East Today (August 2016)

Profile of Tanya at work on her poolside mile of writing.