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Women of TinyLetters


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What would you say to your 13-year-old self? ‘Stick with STEM subjects’, ‘Don’t quit the bassoon’ or maybe, ‘Stop using bronzer, you look like a chicken nugget.’

Our Women of TinyLetters project, presented in partnership with the Digital Writers’ Festival, is a combination of live letter-readings and missives delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up to receive three TinyLetters from writers Alice Pung, Sophie Cunningham, Maureen Matthews and Kylie Maslen between late October and early November – beginning with ‘A Letter to My 13-year-old Self’.

The second, ‘A Letter to My 43-year-old Self’, will take the form of live readings from our writers followed by a panel discussion on letter-writing today – also streamed live at*. Away from the cacophonous social media world, what are the channels for intimate, sincere and reflective personal correspondence? Have new technologies changed the way we write letters? And what will happen to our digital letters when we die?

After the event, our subscribers will receive one final TinyLetter: ‘A Letter to My 73-year-old Self.’ Curious to know what our writers will say to their past and future selves? Subscribe here, or browse the archive here.

Presented in partnership with the Digital Writers’ Festival.

* During the event, you can live stream the video below. #womenoftinyletters


Alice Pung

Alice Pung OAM is the author of the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her debut novel Laurinda won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW ... Read more

Maureen Matthews

Maureen Matthews grew up an English Vicar’s daughter. At 23, she was diagnosed with the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and is now legally blind. In 1996, Maureen opened Bliss for Women, Melbourne’s only adult store and bookshop for women. Next year, ... Read more

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a non-fiction writer and novelist with a passion for trees, walking and broader environmental issues. Sophie’s most recent books are This Devastating Fever (Ultimo Press) and Flipper and Finnegan –The True Story of How Tiny Jumpers Saved Little Penguins (Albert Street Books)... Read more

Kylie Maslen

Kylie Maslen is a writer and events producer from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. Her writing is focussed on sense of place and feminism, covering topics including literary criticism, food writing and her love of Australian Rules football. In her spare time she writes about what she’s been readi... Read more


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