Dear Mr Toad,
Don't be afraid to cull toxic and negative friendships. Mole, Rat and Badger are dull, draining and irrevocably basic. You can do so much better.
What would you say if you could write to your favourite literary character? What advice would you offer to Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights or Toru Watanabe from Norwegian Wood? How would you convey your love to Hermione Granger or Atticus Finch? And what would they write back?
In partnership with the Digital Writers’ Festival, we're setting you up with the literary pen pal of your dreams. You're invited to email your favourite fictional character, or even your favourite book, and you'll receive a creative response from the addressee. Pick their brains, rake them over the coals, propose marriage and ask your burning questions.
A team of the brilliant 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Deskers will be the project’s official pen-pal ghost-writers, taking on the personas of your favourite characters and haunting your inbox.
This form is now closed – if you have submitted an email, you will receive a reply as soon as possible.
Presented in partnership with the Digital Writers’ Festival.
Melissa Manning’s short fiction and literary non-fiction has been widely published, including in Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Small Fictions (US), To Carry Her Home (UK), Overland, the Big Issue, and Tasmania 40°South.
Fiona Murphy is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in the Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Overland and the Big Issue, amongst others. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Dorothy Porter Award for Poets. In 2018, she was awarded an inaugural Writers Victoria Publishability Fellowship and has been longlisted for the Richell Prize.
Ra is an actress, theatre maker and writer. She has recently been selected for the 2018 Cinespace/Film Victoria StoryLab Program, and was a member of the 2017 Besen Writers Group at Malthouse Theatre.
Jem Tyley-Miller is a crime writer from Bacchus Marsh who sees life through a magical realist lens. You can read her fiction in Spike, the Meanjin blog, or in the upcoming Margaret River Press anthology, We’ll Stand in That Place and Other Stories. She has also written for Readings and the Digital Writers’ Festival Pen Pal Project. Her novel manuscript, Going Under is nearing completion. Jem works casually directing extras to fund her very serious writing habit and co-organises the Peter Carey Short Story Award in her spare time.
Ella Skilbeck-Porter is a poet and writer from Sydney. She is interested in the relationship between image and text, chance operations and translation. Her work has appeared in Rabbit, Cordite, Southerly, UTS Writers’ Anthology, Otoliths and other publications.