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The Cure For Sleep Tanya Shadrick W&N

The Cure for Sleep explores and celebrates the vivid moments of being when we turn towards change, effort, risk, commitment. Those instants when we are most fully awake to our lives and times.

It is full therefore of threshold events: The times when we are brought to a sudden need to choose or we experience something which changes forever our perspective of life and how to live it.

My Substack channel is central to the book’s purpose, and mine as a person committed to being a creative mentor.

As a subscriber, you will receive a once-monthly writing prompt, and be among the first to hear whenever a call for submissions to the story archive opens up. It is also the place where you can discuss The Cure for Sleep and its themes with other readers – and me, its author.

I have designed the channel to be a safe creative space for those who are sharing their words for the first time, as well as those who are already beginning to emerge into a more public creative life (as I did finally, after forty!). I hope you will join our conversations there.

“My passion has always been the study of cause and effect: what happens afterwards, next. How we change in response to sudden illness, oddly timed encounters, unsought gifts. Why so often we don’t, refusing to let ourselves be shaken, or moved. Or we react, but in ways that serve neither us, nor others.

This is the purpose of my story, now.”

The Cure For sleep
What People Say

“Tanya creates intriguing space in public places where the curious find themselves engaging in a writer’s practice and volunteering their own stories to be woven into her work.”

Sculptor David Nash

“Tanya has that very rare combination of stillness and energy. Her stories captivated me instantly”

Agent Robert Caskie

“Tanya is an electrifying voice and her book reminds me of the very best memoirs – Joan Didion’s writing, Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood…”

Editor Lettice Franklin
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