Inspired by To the Letter by Simon Garfield and Letters of Note by Shaun Usher, LETTERS LIVE is a dynamic performance event that celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence.
Our Letters Live event in association with The Reading Agency, at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on World Book Night was an inspiring, funny and wonderful event. To see some of the footage, see below.
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David Nicholls and Louise Brealey read Chris & Bessie Letters
Backstage with Stephen Fry to Talk About Letters
Backstage with Caitlin Moran to Talk About Letters
Backstage with Russell Brand to Talk About Letters
Russell Brand reads a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol
Stephen Fry reads a letter from Mark Twain
Caitlin Moran reads a letter to her daughter
Clarke Peters reads a letter from Louis Armstrong to a fan
Andrew Motion reads a letter from Ted Hughes to his son
Morgana Robinson reads a letter from Elizabeth II to President Eisenhower
Matt Berry reads a letter from Elvis Presley to President Richard Nixon
A World Book Night event
In association with The Reading Agency
Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Wednesday 23 April
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Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name and published as a joint venture by Canongate and Unbound. It includes letters from Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Hicks, Anaïs Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Kurt Vonnegut, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Emily Dickinson and many more.
To the Letter tells the story of our remarkable journey through the mail. From Roman wood chips found at Hadrian's Wall to the wonders and terrors of email, Simon Garfield explores how we have written to each other over the centuries and what our letters reveal about our lives. Along the way he delves into the great correspondences from throughout history, from Cicero and Petrarch to Jane Austen and Ted Hughes, showing how letters can change lives and urges us all to keep writing.