Jodi Ann Bickleyis creating One Million Lovely Letters
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There is just one tier so you can support with as little or as much as you would like! Each week you will get an email from me telling you all about what's going on with One Million Lovely Letters including handwritten notes, little videos and little pep talks plus first look at any other creative bits and bobs I've been doing, sometimes they may just be big old rambles (but I promise they will be full of love) and I'm always up for a big ol' chat if you fancy it.
Hi, I'm Jodi Ann Bickley and I'm the founder of One Million Lovely Letters.
On February 3rd 2013, I was in one of the darkest places I had ever been and had planned to end my life. Thankfully, I didn't - down to a bizarre turn of events that I can only put down to some sort of magic. Instead, I turned outwards and went on social media and I asked if anyone needed reminding of how incredible they are and a girl called Natt did. And with that One Million Lovely Letters was born. I set up my website and an email address and overnight, 200 people contacted me. Since that day, I've written over 4000 letters to people in need of lifting up all around the world. I now have a team of three volunteers who help me to keep the project going, chipping away at the letter requests in my inbox which currently totals over 12,000. Each letter is somebody's worst day and each email is a testament to how incredibly resilient human beings are, detailing each and every scenario you could imagine. The project has reminded me and many others of their strength and makes you realise that however dark that storm gets you are never, ever in it alone.
Since I first started the project in 2013, I have written two books called 'One Million Lovely Letters' and 'Write A Letter' I have given a TEDx talk, 'Jodi's Lovely Letters' was a BBC documentary in July of last year and I ran an exhibition of letters at Centrala, Birmingham in July 2017. When I first started the project I realised quite quickly that what I was doing didn't fit into any of the arts funding boxes after many failed attempts and after self-funding for a long while had to look elsewhere! I then turned to Kickstarter which launched me off the ground and provided me with an office to do my work and the ability to expand the project and get a little team of volunteers with all of the stationary we need to get through the letter pile. Kickstarter helped me see that as the project started from wanting to help other people, people, in turn, wanted to help me with it back. I have never asked people to pay for a letter, it wouldn't feel as genuine to me to make people pay for kindness. I've seen other artists turn to Patreon to fund their work and I thought maybe it could work for me and my letters too!
Having a monthly Patreon wage gives me a little breathing space to be able to write my letters and do the admin that running a worldwide project entails and also gives me the freedom to for bits of other creativity too! For the last six years, my letters have brought me and so many others happiness and I would love if I could carry on the project until I am 110. In return I will fill your inboxes with loveliness and keep you up to date with all of the adventures, I really hope you like what I do and consider contributing to my work!
(A video I did as part of my exhibition last April, it's a letter to my 16-year-old self)