Welcome to WillBuckingham.com. I am a philosopher, anthropologist and writer across multiple genres, from fiction to creative non-fiction, and from philosophy to children’s books. I am interested in the places where stories intersect and philosophies cross-pollinate, those points of cultural encounter where new and surprising possibilities emerge.
Previously, I have been Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University, Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University, and Visiting Professor of Humanities and Global Cultures at the Parami Institute, Yangon. I am now working freelance. Along with Dr. Hannah Stevens, I run the Wind&Bones project, exploring the meeting-places between writing, creativity and social justice.
As well as a dozen books, I have written essays, reviews and articles for a wide range of publishers including Aeon magazine, BBC Online and Dorling Kindersley. For all my writing work, I am represented by Emma Finn at C+W agency in London. I’m always open to talking about new, fun projects, so do get in touch.
My latest book is Stealing with the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia.
A beautifully written evocation of a journey into the village communities of eastern Indonesia, and a remarkable meditation on the uneasy business of travelling to foreign lands in search of stories. Tim Hannigan
I run all kinds of classes and events, Here’s some feedback from students and participants.
Tonight’s philosophy salon in Chengdu was amazing! Thanks for hosting
Will is a great communicator and will take time to help students out, no matter how simple or difficult the problem may be… He keeps his workshops interesting with humour, wit and enthusiasm.
Will is a fantastic workshop leader. He is clearly passionate about his craft. His exuberance and wit made the first part of his talk, a brief history of the I Ching, all the more entertaining.
I’m delighted to have an essay published in the wonderful collection Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy edited by Karyn Lai et. al. The essay is on Liu Xie, cultivation, and the arts of writing. I’m also hard at work on my next contract, this time for Granta, for whom I’m writing a study of our relationships with strangers called, unsurprisingly, Hello Stranger.