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.
Sign up for a reminder below – and from Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November, you’ll be able to send your email from this page.
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, whose stories meander into the realm of fabulism. Her writing has been shortlisted for many awards, including the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award, the Alan Marshall, WAM (Write Around the Murray) and the FAWWA Stuart-Hadow Prize.
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.
This is a free, digital-only event. No bookings are required.