Letters to the Sea

Jan 4, 2020 | Activities, Blog

What do you feel, reflect on, dream about, wonder as you spend time by or think about the sea and the estuary?

“Listen very carefully and you will hear the sea in your body” Yoko Ono, from Seven Little Stories

Letters to the Sea invites you to get a piece of paper or any other object you can write on and write a letter to the sea. The content of this letter can be anything and you can take part in this whatever your age. The sea can connect us to lots of different thoughts, memories, emotions, our relationship to the natural world, our place on the planet, even our place in the universe. The sea wanders in and out all the way up to St James Weir in Exeter twice a day. Write as freely and openly as you can and take your time.

When you have finished either sign your letter or leave it unsigned or anonymous, its up to you.


Take a photo of your letter or scan it and send to info@tidelines.uk OR post it to 42 Park Road, Exmouth EX8 1TN.  Remember to tell us who you are are and let us know if you want to remain anonymous. Please keep your original letter if you send us a scan or a photo. Letters to the Sea letterboxes will be located on the Exe Estuary in the future. We will share a selection of the letters on the Tidelines website.

Because we don’t want to influence your ideas you can only see the gallery of letters with a password that you will get once you have uploaded your letter. If you have: click here to see.

This is a sister project to Letters to the Earth

We reserve the right to exclude any contributions that contain inappropriate material.


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