Two writers talk about experiencing sudden, life-threatening illness and how it led to their daring to live differently after their recovery. Harriet Mercer’s Gargoyles interweaves personal experience with insightful cultural commentary; in The Cure for Sleep, Tanya Shadrick vows to stop sleepwalking through life, to take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl. Host Francesca Baker.
Earthed is an elegantly written portrait of a mental health crisis that is both triggered (partly) and healed by trying to care for a patch of land. After moving to a countryside smallholding, Rebecca Schiller finds her family’s new life is far from simple. Overwhelmed by what she has taken on and reeling from the turmoil in the wider world, her mind begins to unravel, and so she turns to her two acres, and to the women of this land’s past, searching for answers and hope. With host Tanya Shadrick.
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.
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.
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