Writer in residence 2019

Tanya Shadrick is a writer, editor and former hospice lifestory scribe who works in public spaces to encourage others to share stories and take their own creative risks – a practice which has earned her Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Her Wild Patience mile of writing – using scrolls of paper as long as the country’s oldest outdoor pool – is featured alongside her mentor David Nash’s Ash Dome in the BBC Radio 4 show Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art. The question to those who encountered her was: When did you feel most wild and free? In body, your mind?

During her long distance writing project, Tanya was contacted by the well-known wild swimmer Lynne Roper, who was in her last months of life. On the strength of just a single meeting with Lynne and her writing, Tanya made a promise to publish her posthumously. The 2018 book Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters – in Amazon’s top twenty swimming titles – is the result.

Tanya has written on residence beside Lake Geneva as a guest of the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland, at Warnham Nature Reserve in mid-Sussex, and in a tiny Grade-II listed cliffside former artists’ cabin in North Devon for the National Trust.

She is a regular contributor to Oh Comely magazine and was a finalist in the 2018 Brighton Prize for fiction. Her Wild Writer talk for PechaKucha tells the story of how she became an accidental artist, working outside and open to chance encounters.