The Selkie Press was founded in 2018 by Tanya Shadrick, a sought-after artist in residence who encourages connection and creativity in those who encounter her.

Tanya Shadrick at Pells Pool

Tanya’s late-emerged public life began in 2016 with the Wild Patience Scrolls – a mile of writing composed outdoors, pen on paper, beside the country’s oldest lido and completed near Lake Geneva with support from publisher Vera Michalski Hoffmann at The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature.

She has since worked with the public in other extraordinary locations, including Virginia Woolf’s garden on the Sussex Downs, a listed National Trust cabin on a cliffside by the wild west country sea, and in Boldshaves Garden as writer-in-residence at the 2019 Wealden Literary Festival.

Her short-form writing has appeared in many publications – including The Guardian and Little Toller’s online journal The Clearing – and she was featured alongside her mentor the sculptor David Nash in the 2018 BBC Radio 4 show Pursuit of Beauty: Slow Art. 

 The Cure for Sleep – her memoir of a late-waking life – will be published in early 2022 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

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