Hello! I'm Dr Will Buckingham. I write, teach, and run projects exploring writing and creativity. I write nonfiction, fiction and for children as well as academically. Originally from the UK, I’m currently based in Bulgaria where I write freelance.
Books & writing
I write fiction, non-fiction and for children. My next book, Hello, Stranger: How We Find Connection in a Disconnected, is due out from Granta in July 2021.
Some of my recent books include the travelogue Stealing With the Eyes (Haus Publications 2018) the middle-grade novel Lucy and the Rocket Dog (Knopf 2017), and the philosophy book, A Practical Guide to Happiness: Think Deeply and Flourish (Icon Books, 2012/2018). My books have been translated into multiple languages including Chinese, German, Finnish, Afrikaans, Korean, German and French. I’ve also written for BBC travel, Aeon Magazine, the i Newspaper, and many other places. I have have had stories broadcast on BBC radio and elsewhere.
For all my writing work, I’m represented by Emma Finn at C+W agency in London.
I am co-director of Wind&Bones, a community interest company exploring the intersections of writing, creativity and social change. With Wind&Bones, I have worked on writing projects with a wide range of organisations including a writers' and activists' café for Greenpeace, workshops for the British Council, Indonesia, educational consultancy with a range of grassroots organisations in Myanmar, and a writing/publication project highlighting the experiences of survivors of domestic abuse with Emprove in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Academic teaching, research and writing
I have a PhD in philosophy and an MA in anthropology. I've previously been associate professor (reader) in writing and creativity at De Montfort University, visiting associate professor at Sichuan University, and visiting professor at the Parami Institute in Yangon. As well as writing for trade publications, I publish academically—from papers and book chapters to monographs.
Looking for Wisdom
My ongoing philosophy project Looking for Wisdom provides free, weekly doses of philosophy by email, and takes a genuinely global perspective on what wisdom is, or what it could be.