Downstream – episode 1

From the banks of the Thames to a history of women’s swimwear, welcome to an occasional series from Outdoor Swimmer magazine of authors reading from their books. In this episode we hear from Lara Maiklem author of Mudlarking; Tanya Shadrick, editor Wild Woman Swimming by Lynn Roper; Jenny Landreth, author of Swell: A Waterbiography; and Anna McNuff author of 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. Presented by Jonathan Cowie and Ella Foote.

Sit back, relax and enjoy…

About the contributors

Tanya Shadrick

Selkie Press editor Tanya Shadrick reads two extracts from Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters by Lynne Roper – a book that was published after its author’s death, and was included in the prestigious Wainwright Prize 2019 longlist.

You can order direct from Half of all profits go to the hospice which cared for Lynne at end of life.

Lara Maiklem

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem is available now in eBook and paperback, published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Audiobook is also available. @london.mudlark

Jenny Landreth

Swell is a joyful hymn to the sport and an exploration of why swimming attracts so many women. Ultimately, it is a book dedicated to our brilliant swimming foremothers who collectively made it possible for any woman to plunge in with alacrity, anywhere we choose. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Anna McNuff

From building a den, to going on a skateboard journey, visiting a lighthouse and telling midnight ghost stories, every adventure will inspire you to get outdoors and go exploring. 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up will encourage everyone to fly by the seat of their adventure pants, no matter where they live!

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.