Writing Back is an intergenerational writing project that matches School of English undergraduate students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents. Now in its third year, the project has seen 140 people write to one another so far and we think it’s such a great idea there is nothing nicer in life than getting a hand written letter in amongst all the bills and junk mail.
Students are benefiting too as they are often away from home for the first time and welcome the chance to write to someone new, they have commented ‘I feel especially now it is important that the generation gap be bridged as, much as would like to think there is, there is not much difference between us’. Our older participants say: ‘It’s such a great idea getting young and old ages staying up to date with how they’re tackling life’.
If you would like to get involved and help resurrect this wonderful way of communicating and possibly share pearls of wisdom whether you are young or old, get in touch with the project co-ordinator Georgina Binnie by calling 0113 343 6189 or email G.E.Binnie@leeds.ac.uk. Alternatively you may want to write to Georgina at Writing Back, School of English, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.