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

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.

Memoir Workshop Weekend with writers Sophie Pierce and Tanya Shadrick, Charles Causley Trust/Trevadlock Manor, Launceston, North Cornwall, Friday 30 Sept to Monday 3 October 2022

Memoir Workshop Weekend with Sophie Pierce and Tanya Shadrick

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


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

Melissa Febos & Tanya Shadrick for Pages of Hackney

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

Listen (again): Online Launch for The Cure for Sleep: Tanya in Conversation with Kathryn Aalto

Cure for Sleep Launch - Recorded version

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

Tanya Shadrick in The Bookseller October 2021

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.

For The Wintering Sessions with Katherine May, Easter 2021

Tanya talks about how facing death made her bolder. From sudden clarity, to life-changing impulses, to being of service and of course her own writing studies (including the mile-long journal), it’s an intimate and ultimately uplifting and inspiring journey.

Tanya Shadrick for The Wintering Sessions with Katherine May

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.

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

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

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