Dearest Nanny,

So lovely to hear from you again!

I hope Alex did good job for you both, cannot wait to see the new kitchen!

Andrew is coming round again tomorrow – I will tell him you send your love. I cannot remember if I told you already, but he has invited me to his parents’ for Easter break whilst Mummy and Buba are in Seoul, so I’ll get my train ticket refunded if I can. It will be lovely to see Pete and Siân again. They got a new rescue pomsky recently that I cannot wait to meet – he is also the spitting image of Kasha, Nanny, I swear.

Send my love to Grandad, how has he been coping over the past week? Alex was saying he managed to make a cup of tea for them both which seems to be great news.


Ava-Mae <3




Dear Nanny

Pass on my thanks to Mummy for the Tesco vouchers – I cooked a lovely salmon risotto for the girls, and stocked up the baking cupboard. 

I have just returned from a hike up Blackford Hill, and will spend the rest of the day making a head start on the essay.  

How is Grandad? Has he managed to play any more golf recently? I hope Chow Mein is recovering well. 

All the best to the family, give the dogs a cuddle from me. 


an ordinary letter

letter transcript (PDF)

a letter i found in my new flat, between a student and her grandmother. dated from over 13 years ago, this correspondence provides a small snapshot of someone’s family relationships. on one hand, the physical qualities of the object are interesting, such as the illegibility of the handwriting and the way the text on the back shows through the letter. but even more interesting than its formal qualities is the story of the characters within the letter, and the way your imagination is instantly sparked as you try to envision these people going about their daily lives.

some initial ideas of experimental work include dressing up as the characters and acting out the letter, possibly making it look like a kind of movie trailer where the characters and the premise of the story is introduced; writing back to the grandmother (i could even send the letter to every ‘garden cottage’ in the UK); rewriting the letter as a screenplay, continuing the story of the characters, and making a short film about it; and even staging the moment all these characters come together (as is foreshadowed in the letter). there is definitely a storytelling/performative aspect to this object and i think i could have a lot of fun playing dress up and seeing where the story and the characters take me.