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

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Husband until death

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

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

A letter from Victoria Hislop to Father Christmas.

Mince pie, carrot & Bailey’s in usual spot

A letter from Jarvis Cocker to Father Christmas.

I love my wife. My wife is dead.

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

Please could you double your output?

A letter from Yann Martel to Father Christmas.

Torturing the Saxophone

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

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

A letter from Russell Brand to Father Christmas.

Make Your Soul Grow

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

I have had my eye on you

A letter from Simon Fallowfield to Mary Foster, read by Taron Egerton.

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

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

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

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

To disbelieve in magic is to disbelieve in ourselves

A letter from Matt Haig to Father Christmas.

Thanks for the glittery shoes, by the way

A letter from Ellie Bamber to Father Christmas.

Grow up as good revolutionaries

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

Dear Mama

A letter from Michael Tolliver to his mother, read by Ian McKellen.

Are you grooming my kids?

A letter from Tim Minchin to Father Christmas.

Dear Friend

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

All this I did without you

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


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

Give my People clouds

A letter from Lemn Sissay to Father Christmas.

I embrace you with all my heart

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

Don’t touch his hair!

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

An idiot of the 33rd degree

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

Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong

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

Please pass on my very best to your other half

A letter from Thandie Newton to Father Christmas.

You will not have my hatred

A letter from Antoine Leiris to his wife's killers, read by Colin Firth.


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

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.

Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness

A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas.

Last time I saw you was in the 70’s

A letter from Nick Moran to Father ChristmasExplicit.

I truly wish you existed for grown ups

Annie Lennox's letter to Father Christmas.

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

A letter from Thom Yorke to Father Christmas.

I am awfully comfortable

Letters between Rudyard Kipling, John Kipling & Colonel Lionel Charles Dunsterville, read by Ben Kingsley & Ferdinand Kingsley.

Sleep well, my love

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

I am not sure that you can help with my wish

Shami Chakrabarti's letter to Father Christmas.

All the ladies like whiskers

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

Oh Christ, the cook is dead

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