My Unlived Life


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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