Billy Connolly writes moving letters to grandchildren as he battles Parkinson’s

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Author: Almaz OhenePublished: 5 November 2015

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The Scottish comic – who is living with Parkinson’s – has revealed he writes intimate letters for his grandchildren to read after his death

Billy Connolly has revealed more about how he tackles life with Parkinson’s disease: he shares his life experiences and wonder at the world with his grandchildren by handwriting intimate letters to them.

Alluding to his worsening tremors caused by the condition, Connolly said: “I still write with a fountain pen. But I was saying to my daughter maybe they won’t be able to read cursive with the ways things are going.”

He said that the world “astounds” him and he wants to share his love for it with letters to his grandchildren, Walter, 14, and Barbara, 12. However, he does not expect them to be opened and read until after his death.

“I’ve been writing to my grandchildren since they were born, long before they could read. They haven’t read the letters yet. They probably won’t read them until I’m dead,” he said in an interview while on the Canadian leg of his world tour, ‘High Horses’.

“I don’t fancy sitting in a church hall on a Wednesday night talking about it [Parkinson’s disease].

“The thing is, it’s there so I might as well talk about it. I like to get it out of the way early because it’s kind of obvious, I think.

“Then it’s just comedy after that. I don’t want to be defined by it but I don’t want to hide from it.”

Connolly said that he has no plans to retire from comedy; at the start of his tour the comedian said he was “excited” by the challenge of performing with Parkinson’s.


For a full list of Billy’s tour dates, please visit his website

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