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      Loneliness and the letter: Co-developing cross-generational letter writing with higher education students and older people

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      UCL IOE Press

      LONELINESS, INTERGENERATION, LETTER WRITING, QUALITATIVE, VISUAL, METHODOLOGIES

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          Writing Back is an intergenerational letter-writing project that has been matching University of Leeds students as pen pals with older Yorkshire residents since 2014. Working in collaboration with a principal investigator based in the university's School of English, students and older participants have been facilitating conversation about loneliness, home and belonging via their exchange of cross-generational correspondence and their engagement with archival images of the county. This article reflects upon the successes and limitations of using co-productive letter writing and visual methodologies in qualitative loneliness research. In carrying out a narrative analysis of Writing Back's correspondence, it demonstrates how letter writing can be used as an effective methodological tool to generate new understanding of loneliness in multiple age demographics.

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          UCL IOE Press
          2399-8121
          21 February 2019
          : 3
          : 1
          : 59-73
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          2399-8121(20190221)3:1L.59;1- s6.phd /ioep/rfa/2019/00000003/00000001/art00006
          10.18546/RFA.03.1.06
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