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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. 


A letter to a runner

31 May 2016 | Michael McGirr

Dear David Rudisha,

I am writing to wish you well for the Olympic Games coming up shortly in Rio. It hardly seems four years since you blitzed the field to win the 800m men’s final in London, 2012. That event has been hailed as one of the great races of history. Every competitor broke the previous world record.


A letter to the Queen

10 Mar 2016 | Michael McGirr

I am writing to offer my congratulations, not because you have been the longest reigning monarch of England but for a more private reason. Next year you will have been married to Phillip for 70 years. 


A letter to a poet

26 Jan 2016 | Michael McGirr

Dear King David, I don’t often write to kings and, to be honest, they don’t often write to me. But there is something about your story which is very down to earth. 


A letter to...Colonel Sanders

03 Nov 2015 | Michael McGirr

Dear Colonel Sanders,

I hope I am not being rude but I was surprised to read that you lived to 90 years of age. Even though you started KFC, you must have eaten at other places as well. It is curious that a person who was famous for his neat beard and immaculate white suit should choose to create an empire out of greasy chicken. You must have had a good dry-cleaner.


A letter to Thomas Merton

26 May 2015 | Michael McGirr

I don’t know wether or not they have birthday cake in heaven but I am writing to wish you many happy returns for your 100th birthday this year.


A letter to Desmond Tutu

22 Mar 2015 | Michael McGirr

Dear Archbishop Tutu, it’s hard to believe that you turn 84 this year. Even in the darkest days of South Africa’s apartheid regime, you embodied a hope and an optimism that always made you seem young. 


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