Here you can read some examples of the letters exchanged by the Writing Back project pen pals. Our participants typically exchange letters with one another once every other week and some pen pals have been writing to each other for four years. Pseudonyms have been used for the participants’ names. You can click on each image to download a PDF of the full letter.

Alexandra and Penelope

Alexandra studied English and French at the University of Leeds and has now graduated. She is 22 years old. Penelope found out about Writing Back via a friend. She is 79 years old and lives in Harrogate.  

Penelope writes to Alexandra 

Writing Back 1 Penelope writes to Alexandra

Alexandra writes to Penelope

Writing Back 2. Alexandra writes to Penelope

Anna and Molly

Anna studies English Literature at the University of Leeds. She is interested in art, dance and design. Anna is 21 years old. Molly found out about the scheme via a Catholic charity. She is 95 years old and enjoys sharing poetry and paintings with her letters. Anna and Molly continue to write to one another. 

Anna writes to Molly

Writing Back 1. Anna writes to Molly

Anna writes to Molly

Writing Back 2. Anna writes to Molly

Molly writes to Anna

Writing Back 3. Molly writes to Anna