Tanya is a writer and former hospice lifestory scribe who works in public spaces to encourage and embolden 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 - was recently featured alongside David Nash’s Ash Dome in the BBC Radio 4 show Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art. An Outdoor Swimming Society feature on the Wild Patience Scrolls gives a sense of the depths it sounded in the lives of others.
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. Two years later, the newly-launched Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters - already in Amazon's top ten swimming titles - is the result.
- Crow throwing shapes (Firle Beacon) pic.twitter.com/jzrmgqMMFr
- "I believe one must not lose hope after fifty years. Besides, one learns by hard knocks, isn't that so? I think I'v… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- Cover art for the new @darkmtn is by @JennyArran: one of her ongoing series of axe and ink paintings. The physicali… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Opportunities to see Tanya Shadrick
Join Tanya to discover the life and writing of the late Lynne Roper, a visionary wild swimmer whose diaries are a celebration of the close-knit communities that form wherever strangers meet to swim together.