DEAR / HELLO is a series of audio-stories

by real people

about real experiences

all told through the form of an open-letter



Produced by Josie Smart and Izzy Roberts-Orr

Presented by some very generous, honest, talented folk who were willing to share their experiences with us

Click on each episode title to listen individually via Soundcloud or scroll down to hear the whole series

Click here for full descriptions of each episode


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01 – Dear Tony

What if I don’t deserve all those things?  - Flo Dacey-Cole

02 – Dear Stranger

Was I behind glass? Under a microscope? At a zoo, in an enclosure? - Andy Jackson 

03 – To the moment I stopped feeling safe   

It's my space, it's our space, it's everybody's space – Josie Smart 

04 – Do you have sex in your wheelchair?

You, my beautiful wheelchair, give me freedom as much as you define me – Jax Jacki Brown

05 – Dear Norman         

Knowing I was different, I had a lot to lose – Yen Eriksen

06 – Mother / Abai

You had a wish, which you shared with me, to see a peaceful Afghanistan - Taqi Khan

07 – Floodgates

White boys playing at government without opposition? I’m on to you – Lia Incognita

08 – Life as a ‘gayby’

It was then that I realised that my family was considered ‘different’ – Claudia Long 

09 – Dear Lucy

It gets easier. You realise you need to make a future for yourself, because you need to be in it – Lucy Hotchin

10 – Nothing about us without us

Thank you for reminding us that often listening is just as important as speaking – Izzy Roberts-Orr