A restless soul visiting York has sent a message to its people.
Film maker, writer and traveller Jay Ventress left a message taped to a postbox on Parliament Street in York.
It is part of his ‘Dear Stranger’ project, which has seen him connect with people in cities across the world.
The letter says: “If you feel like a stranger, too complicated to be understood, too romantic for your own good, a true believer in your dreams, a lonely soul wandering around an overpopulated world, I want to say hello friend.
“There’s more of your people out here. There’s one behind this letter. A stranger.”
And he invites Yorkies to get in touch via his Instagram, @Jaytheauthor
Jay, who is originally from Holme on Spalding Moor, began writing the letters when he was stranded in Australia during the pandemic.
He writes: “I started this project on the street, in the gutters of Melbourne, three years ago, when I didn’t know a single soul in the city, when loneliness had its teeth sunk into my neck.
“I started writing these letters to give myself hope. And through these letters, people gave me hope in humanity.”
Since then, has left similar letters in New York City, Brussels, Krakow and in cities across the UK, connecting with strangers everywhere he goes.
He is working in the film industry until October but then “expect the project to hit more countries, more eyes, and more walls over the course of the winter. I am determined to litter the walls of many cities with hope.”
You can see Jay’s YouTube channel here.
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