THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER LETTER WRITING

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The Difficulty of Post

In Letter Writing, Philosophy of Post, Post in the World, Post Moment on August 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

I am finding it really hard to write letters at the moment, as well as posts for this blog, and all the while the London postal workers are on strike . Perhaps there’s a huge vortex of entropic postal anti-energy swirling around.

When I do send letters, I feel great. I know they won’t arrive just yet (so there’s that time between sending and receiving when you can be happy knowing someone will receive something they didn’t know they would get) and I know when they will arrive, they will be a surprise. A disturbance of the day. Something to remember! To Hold In Your Hands!

So it’s about a feeling, then. But if we know what makes us feel great (sending post to people), why are we so stalled writing letters at the moment? Why are our postal workers on strike but no one’s reporting it in the press? Why do they have to strike in the first place? I think it’s something to do with value. How we value a way of feeling, the nature of surprises.

O, there is such sadness at the heart of Post currently!

Self-Sealing Envelope by Jeremy Webb

In Post Art, Post Moment on July 2, 2009 at 8:09 am

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Visit Jeremy’s photography – and many thanks to Jeremy for allowing us to present Self-Sealing Envelope.

The Naked Postmen of the North East of England

In Post Event, Post in the World, Post Moment on June 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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The Elastic Band

In Post in the World, Post Moment on June 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

A-ball-made-of-red-rubber-001From the Guardian Thursday 25th June 2009

Rubber bands dropped by postal workers collected by public

More than 13,000 discarded red rubber bands will be sent back to the Royal Mail by an anti-litter campaign after being scooped off the streets by members of the public.

In one of the biggest exercises of its kind, people throughout the UK collected the bands – dropped by postmen on pavements and in doorways – after a national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy.

In April the organisation warned postal workers they could face on-the-spot fines of up to £80 (rising to £2,500 if a case went to court) if they were caught dropping the familiar red bands, which are used to hold bundles of letters. It asked people to collect any bands found on pavements and driveways and the charity is now set to bounce them back to Royal Mail in a giant see-through envelope. 

Dickie Felton of Keep Britain Tidy said: “We were amazed that our campaign caused such a commotion. We received hundreds of letters stuffed with red rubber bands from across the country. Clearly people are fed-up with posties carelessly throwing these bands on the floor. We accept that dropping an elastic band is hardly the worst littering offence in the world, but nonetheless it is litter.”

Felton said the bands were an eyesore when strewn on the ground, but also posed a serious choking danger to pets and wildflife.

Keep Britain Tidy is now set to return all 13,000 rubber bands to Royal Mail in a giant envelope to highlight the scale of the problem and allow them to be reused. Royal Mail currently spends an estimated £1m every year replacing rubber bands.

Felton added: “We are pleased that Royal Mail has acknowledged that this is a problem. Our campaign was covered in Royal Mail’s internal newspaper Courier and we hope that Royal Mail continues to communicate to employees that dropping rubber bands is unacceptable.”

Keep Britain Tidy has also today written to Royal Mail's chief executive with the offer of a meeting to further discuss the problem and ways to tackle it.

A Letter About A Bomb

In Post History, Post Moment on May 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

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(Mr) Kazuo Ishiguro’s letter to Granta

In Letter Writing, Post History, Post in the World, Post Moment on April 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

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On Letters and Being (Slow)

In Letter Writing, Letters and Poems, Philosophy of Post, Post Art, Post in the World, Post Moment on April 6, 2009 at 11:21 am

davidmorleyPost Letters! invited top poet David Morley to write a letter about letters. In the letter back, David writes how “to paraphrase Ben Jonson, language most shows a person, and a letter in which language and attention possess linked force creates a document that asks the reader or recipient to raise their own level of being”.

David continues to link writing letters – and the defiant act of writing letters – as being part of the broader Slow Movement. Having himself created “new forms of ecological media for poetry in nature spaces” – called “slow poetry” – David thinks the slow movement should adopt our campaign for letter writing. After all, writing and sending letters is all about “local sourcing, paying close attention, taking your time and enjoying yourself”.

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David’s letter finishes with a new poetic form which he introduces: verse letters. He admits it’s “neither entirely true nor untrue, and a bit Poohish”, but Post Letters! is chuffed to bits with this first commission of a verse letter, or a letter poem. And we like very much the lines and thoughts behind “but language evolves/ for language is rich./ It’s not what we say/ but the means by which”.

Read David Morley’s letter to Post Letters! in full

Read David Morley’s brilliant blog

Post Book

In Post Moment on April 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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I write letters five hours a week…

In Post in the World, Post Moment on April 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Margaret Oakley is a busy and avid letter writer! Be inspired to write letters for five hours a week.

How to write a letter for Amnesty International (which could improve your normal post).

Tom Paulin on letters:

What we demand of a letter is writing rather than the written, speaking not the spoken, the mind in action not the mind at rest.

Lakshmi Pratury talks to us about the lost art of letter writing (and death).

The Cycling Postmen

In Post in the World, Post Moment on April 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

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