Letters of what?

The Letters of Note newsletter about letters. Interesting ones. That’s it, in a nutshell.

I still don’t understand

You’ll be subscribing to emails from me, Shaun Usher, in which I chat about letters, a subject I’ve been obsessing over since my wife (she wasn’t at the time) and I began writing to each other in 2002. In 2009 I began the website, and in 2013 the first of many Letters of Note books was published. Then came the live shows in which some of these magnificent letters are brought to life. A podcast is in development but momentarily hobbled by the pandemic, as are the live events. This newsletter—which, really, is the most fitting avenue of them all—will aim to keep you updated on all of the above (apart from my wife) and, most importantly, entertained. A one-stop shop.

Do I have to pay?

Absolutely not. Each Friday, I’ll write to you for free. But if you’re keen and able to become a paying subscriber, please do. For a few pounds per month, you will receive at least a couple of extra emails each week and have access to occasional audio recordings from the likes of Jude Law, Alan Cumming, Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, and others. And you can cancel at any time. I also accept donations.

This is such a terrible idea

You’re wrong, but I respect your (wrong) opinion. If I were you I’d sign up, for free, and see what you think. Alternatively, don’t! Life’s too short to be frothing over a newsletter you don’t have to read.

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I really like letters. I began the Letters of Note website in 2009 and have since authored 14 Letters of Note books. I also like lists. The Lists of Note website began in 2011; a book followed in 2014.