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A letter to a young doctor

07 May 2019 | Michael McGirr

Regular columnist Michael McGirr writes to a young doctor, thanking her for showing Year 10 students around a mosque and talking about faith and wellbeing.


A letter to a friend in pain

13 Feb 2019 | Michael McGirr

Remembering the good times and offering your company (community) to a friend.


A letter to the Speaker of the House

09 Nov 2018 | Michael McGirr

parliament huseIt's comforting that Parliament starts with what is, effectively, a love letter.


2011 – A letter to Santa

18 Sep 2018 | Michael McGirr

A letter to SantaDear Father Christmas,
We are writing to let you know that your application for asylum in Australia has been denied. You will not be permitted to enter Australian airspace on December 24. The relevant matters are dealt with below. We are taking a bi-partisan approach to this matter.


A letter to an old rocker

21 Aug 2018 | Michael McGirr

bruce springsteenDear Bruce Springsteen, Many of your songs tell stories of struggling people and celebrate their dignity.


A letter to Dr Frankenstein

22 May 2018 | Michael McGirr

frankenstein monster face close upDear Dr Frankenstein, Congratulations on your 200th birthday. We all know that fictional characters can outlive real ones but, even so, two hundred years is a pretty good effort.


A letter to a Year 8 student

01 Nov 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Liam, I am writing to thank you for your contribution to our class this year. Most of the time you sat down the back but I could tell you were listening. Even when you were talking to the person next to you, you were waiting to hear something you could sink your teeth into. You loved biting back.


A letter to Dorothy Day

23 May 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Dorothy Day, I can remember the day at the end of November in 1980 when you died. You were 83 years of age and living in New York; I was a callow youth of 18 helping homeless people in the inner parts of Melbourne and trying to find my way in the world. Actually, the homeless were the ones helping me but it took ages to realise that.


A letter to Bob Dylan

01 Feb 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Bob Dylan, I respond to much in the way of correspondence. Even the committee that awarded you the Nobel Prize for Literature didn’t hear much back from you and a letter from me is hardly in the same category. 


A letter to Mother Cabrini

31 Oct 2016 | Michael McGirr

Dear Mother Cabrini, I am writing to you with an idea for a TV mini series. It is called Saint and the City and will be based around your life. 


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