Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Dear All

A few days ago I came to the conclusion that far too few of the letters on this website are written by women.  A quick look at the all-time most popular posts, over there, on the right, illustrates the point perfectly: of the 32 listed, just one of them — this beautiful one, by Laura Huxley — was crafted by a lady. This isn't because women don't write noteworthy letters; it's because, for some reason or other, I've featured far more correspondence from men. It's a frustrating situation. Clearly I'm looking in the wrong places, reading the wrong books, and speaking to the wrong people.

I really want to redress the balance and would love for you to help, as thousands of fresh eyes are better than two groggy ones. So, consider this a submissions drive. If you know of any interesting letters, by women — or girls for that matter — that haven't yet featured on the site, please let me know; famous or otherwise. The letters' writers can be from any walk of life: businesswomen, chefs, dancers, doctors, actresses, teachers, criminals, artists, mothers, daughters... the letters themselves must simply be notable and have the power to provoke an emotional response from you, the reader. Even if you've only heard of a particular letter and haven't yet read it, get in touch and I'll do my best to track it down. 

Send any suggestions to and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

The aim, with your help, is to see at least a dozen women's letters in that "Most Read" list by the end of the year. I know there are plenty out there. 

Huge thanks,