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Tanya Shadrick

Season 2, Ep. 1

Miriam sits down to chat with Tanya Shadrick about what her life would have been like if, at the age of 13, she’d felt confident enough to attend a pool party being thrown by a very intriguing, very bohemian new boy at her school. Along the way they discuss what opening up to others can teach you about yourself, the importance of methodical movement in a world that values speed and the economics of changing your life.



Tanya Shadrick is a former hospice scribe whose first public work was a mile of writing composed pen on paper beside England’s oldest outdoor pool. She is the founder of The Selkie Press and editor of Wild Woman Swimming, a journal of west country waters. Her memoir The Cure for Sleep - an unforgettable story of a life changed forever by sudden near-death – is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and is available from your local bookshop.


Make sure to subscribe to hear the rest of Season 2 – in each episode, Miriam Robinson interviews a guest about a path their life might have taken and together, step by step, they write the stories of their unlived lives.


Produced by Neil Mason


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6/24/2022

Edward Carey

Season 2, Ep. 3
Miriam and Edward discuss what his life might have looked like if he’d never been selected for a certain large book retailer’s prize in America, and thus never flown to New York and never met his wife, the novelist Elizabeth McCracken. Along the way they discuss the lives of objects, the original, and much darker, version of Pinocchio (not for the faint of heart) and at least one way to get yourself out of a creative fallow period.Edward is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City, and of the YA Iremonger Trilogy, which have all been translated into many different languages and all of which he illustrated. His novel Little, which took him a ridiculous fifteen years to finish, has been published in 20 countries and his novel The Swallowed Man is set inside the belly of an enormous sea beast. His most recent book B: A Year in Plagues and Pencils is a collection of drawings created over the first year of lockdown, and is truly an outward-looking tribute to creativity and connection in a time of isolation, and is available from your local bookshop. Edward has lived in England, France, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, and the United States and currently lives in Austin, Texas.Make sure to subscribe to hear the rest of Season 2 – in each episode, Miriam Robinson interviews a guest about a path their life might have taken and together, step by step, they write the stories of their unlived lives.Produced by Neil Mason#MyUnlivedLife