One Million Lovely Letters
When life is looking hopeless, one inspirational letter can change your life forever
By Jodi Ann Bickley
'I've known Jodi for almost seven years now. When I first met her she was an aspiring poet and like me she was just trying to get out there and play as many shows as possible. She came to watch me play at Bestival in 2011 and next thing I know, a few months later, she is paralysed. Anyone could have given up on hopes and dreams in that position, or even felt sorry for themselves. Yet every time I saw Jodi, she had regained some movement in one part of her body and slowly she was getting better.
It's a fantastic book, from a fantastic wordsmith. I'm so proud of how much Jodi has achieved since I've known her. Proper chuffed. Ed x'
In the summer of 2011, aged only 22, Jodi Ann Bickley contracted a serious brain infection that would change her life forever. Jodi had been performing at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Returning with pockets full of glitter, and her favourite bands' songs still playing in her head, She thought the happy memories would last forever. A week later, writhing in pain on the doctor's surgery floor and unable to put the pain she was suffering into words, Jodi found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection.
Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. Some days the illness was too much for Jodi to bear and she found herself wondering whether she could go on. She had two choices: either to give up now or to do something meaningful with the time she had been given. Jodi chose the latter. This is the story how she turned her life around, and in doing so, touched the lives of millions.
ONE MILLION LOVELY LETTERS is one woman's inspirational journey to recovery, and is a witty and uplifting testament to the power of words to heal heart and mind.
Jodi Ann Bickley won the Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2009, and has since performed all over the UK, including at festivals such as Bestival and Glastonbury. She was a speaker at TEDxBrum in 2013. She lives in Birmingham with her three cats and her puppy, Josh.
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27 Feb 2014
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An extraordinary woman. It takes courage, self-belief, imagination and an inspiring lack of self-pity to turn such bad luck into a positive direction, and to conceive of an idea that will spread happiness. — Stephen Fry
There is so much emotion in these pages that we challenge you not to cry... A witty and uplifting account of the ripples of positivity that Jodi created around the world, she's inspired us with the idea that "For the price of a stamp you can change someone's day. — Cosmopolitan