world letter writing day

world letter writing day

World Letter Writing Day is a day that people from all around the world will pick up a pen or pencil and write a's that simple!
Now who do we write a letter to? Well that depends on you.

You could write a letter to a loved one, a friend or even a stranger.

I became interested in letters in the mid 1990s when I started a project called; Australian Legends.

I wanted to meet, photograph and if I could, interview those whom I considered to be an Australian legend.

I sent out proposal letters asking to meet iconic Australians to photograph them and hear about their amazing lives'. I was always excited when I went to the letterbox & there was a letter addressed to me from one of the legends. Some were typed, others were hand written, and at the bottom was the legends signature which only they themselves could personally do.

In 2005 my book: Australian Legends was released. I had met, photographed & interviewed 80 iconic Australians and it all started with me simply writing a letter to them.

We are more expressive when we write a letter compared to an email or txt where we just want to take short cuts, we try not to make spelling mistakes when we write, we usually take pride in our handwriting & we all want our letters to look & sometimes feel special to the receiver, a hint of perfume, a photo, a favourite flower petal. We usually just make more of an effort.
With World Letter Writing Day I’m not saying to dismiss how we all communicate these days.
We communicate everyday using everything from emails, txt's & social media. All I’m saying is just for a moment, have a think about who you would like to write a letter to, pick up a pen & start writing, send a letter to someone today that you love, once loved or never loved at all!

Happy World Letter Writing Day!

Richard Simpkin
Founder WLWD

For more information about World Letter Writing Day please click on the link below


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The World Letter Writing Day Launch

world letter writing day launch

On the 1 September 2014 Richard Simpkin launched World Letter Writing Day at Waverley College in Sydney Australia. The event gained major media exposure for WLWD and also for Waverley College where the media picked up the story and the school was able to get great positive exposure for promoting the art of letter writing.

The children enjoyed writing letters to everyone from their parents to the local council. Many of the children had never written a letter before so it was an exciting lesson for them all.

If you would like Richard to attend your school to help teach the children about writing letters then please send an email to