A selection of letters, as read by a variety of performers at Letters Live events.

If you want to explore, you can view all letters or click on a theme below.

I won’t ask you to solve the problems of the human race

A letter from Thom Yorke to Father Christmas.

Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness

A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas.

An idiot of the 33rd degree

A letter from Mark Twain to J. H. Todd, read by Tom Sturridge.

I want your letters

A letter from Shaun Usher to Father Christmas.

We might take to the skies together

A letter from Judge Rinder to Father Christmas.

This will put the history of the 21st Century to shame.

A letter from Hossein to The People Of Europe, read by Hassan.

Are you grooming my kids?

A letter from Tim Minchin to Father Christmas.

Make Your Soul Grow

A letter from Kurt Vonnegut to Xavier High School, read by Ian McKellen.

Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong

A letter from Iggy Pop to Laurence, read by Ashley Walters.

Buddy, you have GOT to stop the whole list thing…

A letter from Jesus to Father Christmas (as transcribed by James Rhodes).

Thanks for the glittery shoes, by the way

A letter from Ellie Bamber to Father Christmas.

Husband until death

A letter from Abream Scriven to Dinah Jones, read by Ashley Walters.

Last time I saw you was in the 70’s

A letter from Nick Moran to Father ChristmasExplicit.

Dear Friend

Letters between Hermione Gingold and A. Friend, read by Louise Brealey and Sophie Hunter.

Sleep well, my love

A letter from Brian Keith to Dave, read by Rob Rinder.

Don’t touch his hair!

A letter from three Elvis fans to U. S. President Eisenhower, read by Ellie Bamber.

Give my People clouds

A letter from Lemn Sissay to Father Christmas.

All the ladies like whiskers

Letters between Grace Bedell and Abraham Lincoln, read by Louise Brealey & Tom Hiddleston.

I embrace you with all my heart

A letter from Albert Camus to Louis Germain, read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Torturing the Saxophone

A letter from Robert Crumb to Mats Gustafsson, read by Matt Berry.

I truly wish you existed for grown ups

Annie Lennox's letter to Father Christmas.

I am not sure that you can help with my wish

Shami Chakrabarti's letter to Father Christmas.

Mince pie, carrot & Bailey’s in usual spot

A letter from Jarvis Cocker to Father Christmas.

Please could you double your output?

A letter from Yann Martel to Father Christmas.

Grow up as good revolutionaries

A letter from Che Guevara to His Children, read by Russell Brand.

Do

A letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, read by Andrew Scott.

I’m not even sure if you’re real anymore

A letter from Russell Brand to Father Christmas.

To disbelieve in magic is to disbelieve in ourselves

A letter from Matt Haig to Father Christmas.

Oh Christ, the cook is dead

A letter from Spike Milligan to Stephen Gard, read by Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Do

A letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, read by Benedict CumberbatchExplicit.

It’s a busy time for you, so I will keep my letter brief.

A letter from Victoria Hislop to Father Christmas.

I love my wife. My wife is dead.

A letter from Richard Feynman to Arline Feynman, read by Oscar Isaac.

All this I did without you

A letter from Gerald Durrell to Lee McGeorge, read by Tom Hiddleston.

Please pass on my very best to your other half

A letter from Thandie Newton to Father Christmas.