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Jodi Ann Bickley

Past Event: Jodi Ann Bickley

One Million Lovely Letters

Wednesday 2 April, 7pm, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham

Tickets from £5.00

Guidance: Booking advisable.

Cultures Season, Reading and Writing

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“None of us thinks that out of the blue, something very bad might happen. Something that will tip your entire life upside down, inside out and doesn’t even leave you with a map to navigate around this topsy-turvy world you thought you had figured out. But in an instant, everything can change, just like that. And in an instant, everything did”.
When Jodi Ann Bickley was five, her beloved Nan died, and struggling to cope with the way it made her feel, her mum suggested that she writer her a letter, saying that the postman would deliver it to heaven.
Unbeknownst to Jodi, this would become the first Lovely Letter. Growing up, the impulse to write letters grew. Jodi began leaving notes everywhere she went, stuck down the side of Birmingham bus seats, left on tables in fast food restaurants and in the back of school textbooks, like a secret good Samaritan, cheering people up on their way to work or in the middle of a boring lesson at school.
By Summer 2011, Jodi was a performance poet, having already performed at Glastonbury and a number of other festivals. That September, Jodi performed at Camp Bestival on the Isle of Wight. It was only a week later, writhing in pain on the doctor’s surgery floor and unable to put the pain she was suffering into words, that she found out that she had been bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection, and would go on to suffer a mini stroke that would change her life forever.
Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In an effort to help her recover, Jodi set up a blog, vowing to write letters to strangers all round the world, to give them a lift and tell them not to give up hope when they were at their lowest ebb.
One Million Lovely Letters tells Jodi’s inspirational story, and is a witty, uplifting testament to the power of words to heal heart and mind. Jodi has now written more than 1000 letters, and her words are changing lives around the world.
Jodi began writing letters aged five. In 2011, to help her recover from serious illness, she started writing to strangers facing their own struggles to tell them not to give up hope. Jodi’s inspirational story is an uplifting testament to the power of words to heal heart and mind. Now aged 25, Jodi has written more than 1000 letters, and her words are changing lives around the world. She lives in Birmingham and One Million Lovely Letters is her first book.

You can hear a bit about One Million Lovely Letters at Jodi Ann’s TEDxBrum talk in 2013:

Part of The Library of Birmingham's new season for 2014 - the Cultures Season - celebrating human creativity in its widest, most fascinating and sometimes unexpected forms, from the earliest days of print to the latest digital technologies.


Apr 2014
Wed 2 7:00pm Library of Birmingham, Studio Theatre Book Online


Map to venue

Library of Birmingham

Address: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND

Tel: 0121 242 4242 (Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm)

Opening Hours

Monday and Tuesday  11am - 7pm
Wednesday to Saturday  11am - 5pm
Sunday  Closed
Wolfson Centre for Archival Research (Floor 4)

Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm 

Getting here

Train: the Library is about 10-15 minutes walk from New Street Station and 15-20 minutes from Snow Hill Station. Moor Street and Five Ways are further away but still within walking distance. For more information call National Rail on 08457 11 41 41. If you are using a text phone, dial 18001 first to activate Typetalk.
Bus: Many bus services stop close to the Library on Broad Street including: 1, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29A, 120, 126, 127, 128, 129, 140, 141. For journey planning please call Network West Midlands on 0871 200 22 33 (Bus and Metro only). Lines are open Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 8pm and on Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Cycle: there are plenty of cycle racks in front of the Library on Centenary Square. For information on cycle routes in the city, visit or
Car: Birmingham is easily reached via the M5, M6, M40 and M42. Follow signs to Birmingham City Centre and the ICC. From the South-West (M5), leave the motorway at Junction 3, follow the A456 towards the city centre. From the South (M40), South-East (M6) East (M69), or North-East (M42) follow the M6 to Junction 6, then the A38 towards the City Centre. From the North-West (M6) or West (M54) follow the M6 either to Junction 7 then the A34 towards Birmingham City Centre.
Parking: there is no parking available at the Library – public car parks can be found nearby at Cambridge Street and the NIA.
Disabled parking: there are two bays for Blue Badge holders on Cambridge Street directly behind the Library on The REP side. Access to the front entrance is along the covered walkway on the east side of the Library leading onto Centenary Square. Further bays are available in the Paradise Circus multi-storey car park on Cambridge Street.
Taxis: There is a taxi rank across the road outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Broad Street. 

Facilities and Access

Getting around

The Library of Birmingham is designed to be highly accessible to all. Getting around the building is easy, with a step-free entrance and lifts to all floors, in addition to ramps, escalators, travelators and stairs.


Toilets are available on every floor.

Toilets for people who are disabled

These are marked on the floor plans, which indicate whether the toilet is positioned for transfer from wheelchair to seat from the left or the right.

Changing Places

A Changing Places facility is available on the lower ground floor.

Parent and baby

Parent and baby rooms with changing and feeding facilities are available on the lower ground floor. Changing facilities are also available on levels 1 and 3. The Library is breast feeding-friendly throughout. Comfortable seating is available on every floor in the lounge areas.

Prams and buggies

Prams and buggies can be parked in the designated area on the ground floor. Please note that for the safety of your child and others, we do not allow prams and buggies on the escalators or travelators. 
For their safety, children should be accompanied by a parent or carer whilst in the building, including in the Children’s Library.


Lockers are available on every floor - £1 coin required.


WiFi is available throughout the building. This is free to use, with access to additional resources for Library members.

Induction loops

Induction loops to amplify speech for people with hearing aids are fitted at all staffed information desks in the building and in the Studio Theatre. If requested in advance, we can also provide induction loops in our meeting rooms.  

Eating and Drinking

The Library Café on the ground floor serves a range of quality eat-in and takeaway food made from British ingredients, simply prepared and changing seasonally. Extra seating is available on the mezzanine level, overlooking Centenary Square. The Discovery Café on floor 3 is also open during peak times, with a selection of freshly prepared deli sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the Library, but we ask you please only to consume these in the Lounge areas on each floor. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are also available in the Lounge areas.
Please use the recycling bins provided for your rubbish. This helps us to keep the Library clean and tidy for the comfort of all our visitors. 


The Library Shop on the ground floor offers a range of quality, unique gifts and souvenirs of your visit to the Library of Birmingham and the city, at prices to suit all pockets.

Events and Exhibitions 

Look out for our programme of events, exhibitions and activities. Details of what’s on at the Library of Birmingham and how to book are available by clicking on What's Happening above and in the Library. 


The BOX is open 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday (10am -6pm when there is no evening performance) for booking and collecting tickets for Library events and shows at The REP.

Library Rooms and Spaces for Hire

We have a varied range of meeting and event spaces available for hire, from the 300-seat Studio Theatre and meeting rooms, to the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room and Middle Earth, our children’s activity rooms. Click on the link for everything you need to know about Room Booking.

The Green Library

The Library of Birmingham has an important role to play in cutting carbon emissions in the city and the building has been designed to minimise the impact on the environment.
Environmentally friendly features include the use of low carbon technology for heating and cooling, low energy lighting and water conservation systems.
The Library recycles all used materials including paper and plastic – please use the special bins provided.
The two elevated garden terraces – the Discovery Terrace on level 3 and The Secret Garden on level 7 – provide green spaces in the heart of the city. They are planted with a variety of species to provide colour and interest throughout the year. This includes fruit, vegetables and herbs on the Discovery Terrace to provide a focal point for learning about where food comes from and encouraging ‘grow your own.’
In front of the Library, around the Amphitheatre in Centenary Square, an annual wildflower meadow has been planted (part of a wildflower trail in the city centre’s Westside). The best time to enjoy the wildflowers is between July and October. Together with the brown roof (covered in rubble from the construction of the Library), these features provide new habitat for wildlife.
The Library of Birmingham was awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ status in 2013. BREEAM is the national standard against which the environmental sustainability of new buildings is measured.


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