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Royal Mail go all romantic

Special post boxes unveiled honouring four of Britain’s greatest writers on love


AS THE nation prepares to show their love with Valentine’s Day cards and letters, Royal Mail are showing their romantic side by unveiling four special post boxes across the UK.

Honouring the life and works of some of Britain’s greatest writers on love, the post boxes are adorned with quotes from romantic poets and authors John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Anna Seward and Robert Burns.
Located close to places of significance for the writers, they will be in place for a month with the aim of encouraging lovelorn wordsmiths to send their own literary masterpieces in the form of love letters and Valentine’s Day cards this year.
One of the biggest card-sending occasions of the year, after Christmas and Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday this week – February 14 of course – and Mark Street, head of campaigns at Royal Mail, said: “As one of the guardians of the written word, we relish the opportunity to celebrate the life and times of some of Britain’s most treasured writers. With such a rich history of producing some of the most famous romantic works of all time, it seems only fitting that their work is honoured on some of our iconic postboxes.”
Pictured are actors from Keats House Museum by the postbox in London’s North End Way (NW3 7HA) near Hampstead Heath where he lived for much of his life.
Rob Shakespeare, Keats House principal curator, added: “Keats’s letters are some of the best known in the English language, and his letters to Fanny Brawne are particularly touching.
None of her letters to Keats survived and the last ones were unopened and buried with him in Rome so, rather poignantly, we know how he wrote to her, but we won’t ever know how she expressed her feelings for him.
“This year marks the 200th anniversary of this romance, captured in his tenderly-worded love letters.”
Anna Seward lived in Lichfield for much of her life and her box is in Conduit Street( WS13 6JR), with Thomas Hardy’s close to his Dorset cottage, in Cuckoo Lane, Higher Bockhampton (DT2 8QJ) and Robert Burns’ is in Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway (KA7 4PQ), his Ayr birthplace.

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