Letters to… is a regular opportunity inviting you to write a letter in response to a theme. We choose one letter for every theme to be performed by a professional actor, filmed and then shared on Stellar Quines’ website and social media.
Keep an eye on this page for details of future Letters to… call outs.
Letters to… an Inspiring Woman
The film for our latest call out, Letters to… An Inspiring Woman, was released in celebration of Black History Month. This opportunity invited people who identify as Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, People of Colour, biracial, have mixed heritage (we use BIPOC+ to refer to these identities in place of Black Asian Minority Ethnic) to write a letter to a woman they find inspiring.
Courtney Stoddart’s ‘Letter to a prophet’ was chosen from a selection of brilliant submissions which celebrated extraordinary women, past and present. Courtney’s powerful letter is a pertinent piece of work as “the fight rages on” for equality for so many marginalised and silenced voices. It sheds light on how one woman’s fight resonates with another, inspiring activism. Watch Courtney perform her letter in the film which was directed by Apphia Campbell.
Our Letters to… call out during the COVID-19 lockdown, supported by Pitlochry Festival Theatre, offered four themes for writers to respond to. These were chosen to reflect this precarious and pertinent moment in history and were inspired by the work of The Fawcett Society to ensure women’s visibility during lockdown. Here are the films we created with the four chosen letters.
Letters to… the NHS
Written by Dug Campbell. This letter celebrates a key worker during COVID-19. It is a beautifully written reminder of a need for intimacy during the pandemic. Film directed by Shilpa T-Hyland and performed by Felicity Sparks.
Letters to… a Woman in a Shelter
Written by Vic Bryson. This delicate letter highlights the power of the imagination to allow adults and children the opportunity to escape even for a short while. Film directed by Amy Liptrott and performed by Liz Ewing.
Letters to… a Woman I Miss During Lockdown
Written by Lucy Harrower. A joyful letter that reminiscences about friendship and fond memories. It shows how the time and space imposed upon us during lockdown has allowed for personal reflections and opportunities to enact change. Film directed by Caitlin Skinner and performed by Rachael McAllister.
Letters to… Hope
Written by Róisín Sheridan-Bryson. A love letter to a postie may sound strange but this letter to ‘Hope’ is brimming with delicate humour. It shines a light on the small everyday things upon which we anchor ourselves to for strength. Film directed by Shilpa T-Hyland and performed by Blythe Jandoo.
Letters to… Women of the Future
To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Stellar Quines invited submissions in response to the provocation Letters to… Women of the Future.
The chosen letter, written by Jassy Earl, is an intimate and familial letter. ‘To Isobelle’ is a beautiful and poignant portrayal of a relationship changing through age.
Letters to… My Coven
Letters to…My Coven was chosen to explore the ways in which we connect with one another – the modern day feminist magic which interconnects women around the world.
We had an incredible number of letters to choose from. Finola Scott‘s letter to her coven stood out as being pertinent to the political landscape, not just within Scotland, but within the world. It highlights a need to be connected in a time of political, social and economic uncertainty.
Letters to… My Body Hair
Letters to… My Body Hair was chosen to celebrate body hair. Whether it was the absence or the abundance of it, we wanted to hear about it.
We received a wide range of letters, many hilarious and others poetic in their content. The letter chosen was from Karla Ptacek. We felt this letter fully encompassed the journey of body hair.
Letters to… the Woman in Charge
Letters to… the Woman in Charge was chosen to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, at a time when it’s imperative for us to look outward at the world we live in.
The letter chosen was from Dorothy Bruce who addressed her letter to Theresa May. Dorothy’s letter has spark and energy, and is an important declaration in our current political climate.
Letters to… My Period
Everyone has a period story, but we don’t often share them openly. Letters to… My Period was an opportunity for anyone to tell their story, with the ambition of encouraging more conversation about periods, and the many connected issues – from period poverty to reproductive health and wellbeing.
Stellar Quines filmed Kerri Clarence‘s letter to her period which talks about their relationship from their first meeting to motherhood, and her feelings and experiences connected to this. We launched on International Women’s Day.
Letters to… a Woman Who Brings Me Hope in the Dark
This theme offered an opportunity to tell us about someone who gives you the energy and determination to keep on going, whatever your struggle is. Rosie Priest wrote a beautiful and moving letter that addressed an issue that so many women face, presenting hard decisions to make for themselves and their children.