A few months ago I was contacted by the Irish Youth Foundation to pen a letter to my 16 year old self, much like Stephen Fry had done to much aplomb and amusement. I thought it was a wonderful idea; how many of us would actually take the time to go into deep self-reflection and re-enter our 16 year old minds? It was indeed a strange sensation; on so many levels I’m still exactly the same person but also so very different with ten years of life experience to build on. The letter I wrote was positive and full of advice to my 16 year old self – if I only I’d known then what I know now and I may saved myself much of the anguish and uncertainty of the teenage years.
The Irish Youth Foundation approached some of Ireland’s best known people, including writers, musicians, broadcasters, politicians, sports stars, actors, comedians, businesspeople, models, to compose a letter in response to the question “If you could write a letter to your sixteen-year old self from the perspective of who you are now what would you say?” The letters are by turns poignant, hilarious, confessional, confrontational and surprising but never less than thought-provoking.
Liam O’Dwyer, Chief Executive of the Irish Youth Foundation said, “These are extremely difficult and challenging times for vulnerable children in Ireland and we are deeply appreciative of Eason’s commitment to help alleviate the hardships many are experiencing. The book is the first example of their partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and we are confident it will raise much needed funds for some of the wonderful work undertaken by voluntary groups around the country.”
Besides my own contribution, I’m humbled to share the pages of the book with Miriam O’Callaghan, Joe O’Connor, Roisin Ingle, Ray D’Arcy, Sonia O’Sullivan, Maeve Binchy, Charlie Bird, John Boyne, Cathy Kelly, Andrea Roche, Jason Sherlock, Richard Corrigan, Nell McCafferty, Paddy Moloney, David Norris, Ross O’Carroll Kelly, Bill Cullen, Ardal O’Hanlon, Patricia Scanlan and Victoria Smurfit.
With Love from Me to Me is on sale in Easons stores nationwide for €13.99.
Buy online: www.eason.ie/with-love-from-meto-me