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Hannah's Bookshelf Letter-Writing Special - 07/09/2019

Hannah's Bookshelf Letter-Writing Special - 07/09/2019

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Stevie Wonder, The Marvelettes, The Proclaimers, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops and more.

On this week’s Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM, I decided to take a look at some literary depictions of that beloved (but dying?) art: letter-writing. Handwritten, hard copy letters have a special place in the novel tradition, both in terms of storytelling and form, but also plot development and reveals.

The theme for this show was inspired by a couple of things: an old penpal of mine from when I was a teenager unexpectedly got back in touch; a friend of mine that I usually keep in touch with via text sent me a surprise letter through the post; and I’m currently reading a novel that weaves bits of letters, notes, reports and articles into its prose. So you can see why letter-writing was on my mind when I started planning the show!

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