Letters to my Heroes

Occasionally, I find really creative ways to skip housework. I think this one might already be one of my favourites.

Did you, as a kid, ever write a fan letter to someone? I did: several, as it happens, and the process they began has never been forgotten in my head. When you’re young, aspiring to another person’s ideal can be life changing, help you realise that the possibility of greatness is there within yourself, if you can find a way to unlock potential. As you get older that possibility can be lost, but this year has made me realise that this isn’t the entire truth. You simply get distracted along the way.

Well, that’s not me any more. 2016 saw the passing of a number of my particular heroes: David Bowie and Prince are two key musical influences and their loss has made me stop and grasp that if I want to be a writer, just sitting here and dreaming about the possibility is no longer an acceptable use of time. It has to happen now, and so I’ve decided that it is time to focus on what matters. For me, that includes considered thanks to those who inspired me to come this far. For those of you who don’t know everybody in the graphic above, I’ll be writing letters in the coming months to the following people:

  • Daniel Craig
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Peter Sellers, CBE
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Jodie Foster
  • Iain Banks
  • Guy Garvey
  • Kate Bush
  • Neil Hannon
  • Dame Helen Mirren
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Jane Austin

It’s an eclectic bunch, I’ll grant you, but if you want to understand what makes me tick, these twelve people are an essential part of my own developmental process over the years. Every single one has had a key role in making me what I now am, both good and bad. As a result, I’d expect these letters to be more than a little revealing. I’m hoping to produce once a month (or thereabouts) and you can expect the first before the end of September.

Let us hope I can do myself justice with the written word.