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Artists come together to celebrate the launch of a new kind of war memorial

21 May 2014

This morning at the British Library, artist Bob and Roberta Smith, writers A L Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie and Kate Pullinger announced that submissions to LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER are now open. 

Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett’s national arts initiative,  inspired by the statue of an ordinary soldier in Paddington Station, asks us all to contribute our own letter to the Unknown Soldier.  Others who have promised a letter include playwright Caryl Churchill, former poet laureate Andrew Motion, Sebastian Faulks, Malorie Blackman, Owen Sheers, Sheila Hancock and Stephen Fry. More than fifty artists have pledged their letters to this project.

Read the letters

As well as individual artists and writers, schools, Universities, cookery groups, ex-service men and women, prisoners and choirs have all signed up to write letters.

Everyone is invited to help create a new kind of war memorial from today.

 

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