A rolling 6-month postcard-writing scheme, for connection and community with the people you care about during COVID-19. Consists of a monthly bundle of beautiful postcards, a monthly online meetup to explore connection and disconnection during this time, and 'Write Back' from the WDYWM team.
Why Don’t You Write Me
Why don't you write me,
I'm out in the jungle,
I'm hungry to hear you.
Send me a card,
I am waiting so hard
To be near you.
Simon and Garfunkel, 1970
Why Don’t You Write Me is a rolling six-month project from the UoE Chaplaincy. It’s for the UoE community, and for your own communities and families, to help connect us to ourselves and each other during this time. Here’s what it looks like.
1. A monthly parcel in the post, containing five beautiful postcards and notecards. From botanical prints, to William Morris, to doodles from our own ThinSilence (Geoffrey Baines), the project highlights Scottish artists like Angie Lewin and Catherine Forshall, including artwork reproduced especially for this project.
Then it’s simple – write to someone, and put it in the post. There’s only one rule: send one of your postcards, each month, to someone who’s a UoE member or lives in Edinburgh. That could be your friend in another accommodation block, a member of staff in your department, or a colleague to say thank you for a job well done. Keep track of where you send your cards, in the UK and internationally, and let us know, for the map on our webpage.
2. In a monthly workshop online, we share stories of connection, community, and their challenges at this time, and explore practices of embodied writing, compassion, and mindful doodling.
3. Finally, there are some things that are better posted than emailed. If you feel like you have something to say, and no-one obvious to say it to, you can write to us, using your cards, and we will write back.
As Simon and Garfunkel sang, ‘a letter would brighten my loneliest evening’.