Book launch for Wild Woman Swimming

23rd August, 2018

Friday 14 September, 8pm
The Green Table Café
Lower Drive, The Dartington Hall Trust, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EE

Free and open to all

On the eve of the 2018 Dart10K, all local and visiting wild swimmers are invited to come celebrate the launch of Wild Woman Swimming – the posthumously-published diaries of visionary former-OSS press officer Lynne Roper, edited by Tanya Shadrick.

Devon paramedic Lynne Roper began swimming outdoors in 2011 while recovering from a double mastectomy. Warm, funny and fearless, she was soon at the heart of The Outdoor Swimming Society, inspiring others to swim wild, ‘read water’ and take educated risks as she did.

For five years, until a brain tumour made swimming and writing impossibly hard, Lynne recorded her adventures in over sixty wild waters.

By turns lyrical and adrenalin-fuelled, solitary and communal, her diaries are a celebration of Dartmoor, the Devon coast and the close-knit communities that grow from shared adventures. This is a book for outdoor swimmers and nature lovers alike.

Join editor Tanya Shadrick and Lynne’s family and many friends – including Kate Rew and Kari Furre of the OSS and BBC presenter Sophie Pierce (author of Wild Swimming Walks Dartmoor and South Devon) – in a celebration of water, writing, the wild and the free. The launch is being held on the eve of the Dart10k 2018: all swimmers and supporters are warmly invited to join us! 

  • Wild Woman Swimming is published by Selkie Press, £8.99. It is an OSS recommended read, and will be available to buy at the launch, and is also available for pre order (out 1st September) from the OSS.