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.

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

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

An idiot of the 33rd degree

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

Thanks for the glittery shoes, by the way

A letter from Ellie Bamber to Father Christmas.


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

Please pass on my very best to your other half

A letter from Thandie Newton to Father Christmas.

Please could you double your output?

A letter from Yann Martel to Father Christmas.

Give my People clouds

A letter from Lemn Sissay to Father Christmas.

Oh Christ, the cook is dead

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

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

A letter from Thom Yorke to Father Christmas.

Last time I saw you was in the 70’s

A letter from Nick Moran to Father ChristmasExplicit.

I want your letters

A letter from Shaun Usher to Father Christmas.

Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong

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

I am awfully comfortable

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

I embrace you with all my heart

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

I am not sure that you can help with my wish

Shami Chakrabarti's letter to Father Christmas.

Are you grooming my kids?

A letter from Tim Minchin to Father Christmas.

All the ladies like whiskers

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

Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness

A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas.

Sleep well, my love

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

All this I did without you

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

Grow up as good revolutionaries

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

I truly wish you existed for grown ups

Annie Lennox's letter to Father Christmas.

We might take to the skies together

A letter from Judge Rinder to Father Christmas.


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

Husband until death

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

Dear Friend

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

Make Your Soul Grow

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

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

A letter from Victoria Hislop to Father Christmas.

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

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

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

A letter from Russell Brand to Father Christmas.

I love my wife. My wife is dead.

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

Torturing the Saxophone

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

Don’t touch his hair!

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

To disbelieve in magic is to disbelieve in ourselves

A letter from Matt Haig to Father Christmas.