The Postcard Project – An Update

The Postcard Poet

NOTICE: I HAVE MOVED HOUSE!! PLEASE STOP SENDING MAIL TO MY OLD ADDRESS!

If you’re still interested in contributing to The Postcard Project, please send your creations to:

25 Trafalgar Road,
Beeston,
Nottingham.
NG9 1LB

One week in and the ball is officially rolling!

Lots of people have agreed to get involved from all over the world, including some teacher friends who are hopefully going to get their English classes involved. The first few postcards have arrived and lots more are making their way via the postal system. The plan is to chart their arrivals using Instagram, so if you’d like to see how the project progresses – and to maybe see your own postcard featured and quoted – follow me! @thepostcardpoet

This week, I’ve also discovered that there is a huge global trend for ‘Postcrossing’ – the art of creating and exchanging beautifully crafted mail with strangers from other countries. As a closet craft nerd myself, this has been a pretty exciting revelation for me, and will hopefully make it much easier to spread the word of the project to new countries.

That’s all for now! If you haven’t got involved yet, please do make buying and writing a postcard a part of your Sunday, and check out the progress so far on Instagram. Thanks to everyone that has already put pen to paper.

ALL HAIL SNAIL MAIL!

Emily x

The Postcard Project

“People are made of places. They carry with them
hints of jungles or mountains, a tropic grace
or the cool eyes of sea gazers.”

– Elizabeth Brewster

Stop! Listen! This is a call to arts!

Are you a human being? Do you live in a place? Do you have £1 (or equivalent currency) of disposable income? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are invited to participate in a collaborative arts project and to help to create something beautiful! Getting involved is easy. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Buy a postcard and a stamp (that’s your £1 spent)
  2. Go home and sit on your bed
  3. Write anything you like on the postcard about the place in which you live
  4. Make sure the name of your home is written on the postcard, and your name too (unless you wish to remain anonymous)
  5. Send the postcard to me at the address provided below
  6. Use social media to encourage your friends/colleagues/old acquaintances you haven’t got round to deleting from your friends list yet to participate too
  7. Be a part of a project which connects the map, and collates ideas from all over the world  about what it means to be ‘home’.

That’s it! The only rules are that you write your postcard while sitting on your bed, and that you post it to my address:

23 Manton Crescent,
Beeston,
Nottingham,
England,
UK.
NG9 2GD

Everything else is up to you. You might decide to write a paragraph laden with adjectives to describe your home; you might write a poem; you might just write one word in block capitals. You might write something funny; you might write something beautiful. You might think of your home as being your house, your street, your city or your country. You might write in scratchy black biro; you might write in rainbow felt tips and decorate your postcard with stickers. Whatever you do is up to you, as long as you’re sitting on your bed and thinking about what your home means to you.

So for the love of art, please get postcarding! I’ll share some of the most interesting/beautiful ideas on the blog, unless you’d prefer not to have your postcard shared, in which case let me know.

Thanks in advance for getting involved! Here are some examples I made to help you, if you’re not sure how to get started. Excuse the poorly cropped pictures, but I wanted to make it clear that all of these examples were written on my bed:
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An example of free writing written about my city.

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An example of free verse written about my street.

 

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An example of visual poetry written about my country.

What am I hoping to gain from this project?

My aim with The Postcard Project is to receive a postcard from every country on the planet. Even better, to receive one from every city. I want to cover a wall with postcards from far flung locations, from friends and strangers, which suggest something about what is universal and what is specific about ‘home’.

How will it work?

The only way to begin a project like this is with kind friends willing to devote time (and approx £1 on buying a postcard and a stamp). The only way to take it further is if you are willing to pass the message on. I don’t know anyone who lives in Reykjavik or Ouagadougou, but maybe you do. I only know a limited number of people, but if each of those people convinces one more person to do it, and those people convince one more person to do it, the project will go on and on.

Is it appropriate for me to participate?

YES.

Are you concerned that it’s creepy/weird/awkward for you to send me a postcard because you hardly know me / haven’t spoken to me in years / are a stranger? Please do not be put off by these factors: I hope to receive as many postcards as possible and am hoping that this project will extend from friends to acquaintances to strangers, and vow to never receive a postcard and think ‘ew, why are he/she/they writing to me?’ PLEASE WRITE!

Are you concerned that you are not an artistic/creative/poetic person? Please do not be put off by these factors. First of all, you probably are. Second of all, you do not need to write anything artistic/creative/poetic. All you need to write is something which reflects your home and how you feel about it, and this will inevitably be original and interesting, because it will be about you: even if you try as hard as you possibly can to remove yourself from it and be boring. PLEASE WRITE!

That’s all for now! Please comment below if you have any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Emily x