Will Buckingham

Developmental Editor, Editor, Writer, Content Strategist, Copy Editor

Writing about travel, culture, society, education and well-being.

I have written books for major international publishers including Knopf, Scholastic, Icon books, Granta, Hachette and Bloomsbury. I contributed to Dorling Kindersley's globally bestselling "The Philosophy Book". Also words for the BBC, Aeon magazine etc. My interests range from philosophy (in which I have a PhD) and anthropology (my MA), to travel, culture, education and well-being.

Previously, I was Associate Professor at De Montfort University, Visiting Professor at the Parami Institute Yangon and Visiting Associate Professor at Sichuan University. I am particularly interested in projects that cross between cultures.

I am currently freelance and based in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I co-direct a project exploring the intersections of writing, creativity and social justice. My next book is "Hello Stranger: Stories of Connection in a Divided World" (forthcoming 2020, Granta UK).
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Staffordshire University, PhD in Philosophy
University of Durham, MA Social Anthropology
Sofia, Bulgaria|English
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Books

9
dk.com
Ebook
The Philosophy Book

I was a contributor to DK's globally bestselling "The Philosophy Book", for which I wrote the chapters on modern and contemporary philosophy (from Nietzsche to Žižek).

January 17th, 2011
press.uchicago.edu
Ebook
Stealing with the Eyes

I am the author of Stealing With the Eyes, a book about art, anthropology and the power of storytelling in East Indonesia. The book has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement: “Buckingham writes compellingly about cultural appropriation and the power imbalances that so often colour anthropological endeavour. . . . Stealing with the Eyes is powerful. Buckingham has a wonderful eye for detail, and the tale he has woven is gripping.”

July 1st, 2018
dk.com
Ebook
Philosophers: Their Lives and Works

I was consultant for CobaltID, working on the Dorling Kindersley book "Philosophers: Their Lives and Works." I was responsible for revising the suggested content to account for more global audiences, as well as for writing chapters on a number of non-Western philosophers.

iconbooks.com
Ebook
A Practical Guide to Happiness (Paperback)

A book on philosophy and happiness for a general readership. Also to be published in Chinese.

August 2nd, 2018
routledge.com
Ebook
Snapshots of Museum Experience

I was editor and co-writer for this posthumous academic book, bringing the late Dr. Elee Kirk's important research on children and museums to a wider audience.

June 20th, 2018
shop.scholastic.co.uk
Ebook
The Snorgh and the Sailor

I wrote a picture book text for Scholastic in the UK. The book is about storytelling, friendship and adventures. It has been translated into Turkish, Chinese, Afrikaans, Finnish and German.

April 2nd, 2012
earnshawbooks.com
Ebook
Sixty-Four Chance Pieces

A novel in sixty-four stories—moving between fiction and non fiction, storytelling, philosophy and travel writing—based on the ancient Chinese book, the I Ching. Published by Earnshaw Books in 2015.

July 2nd, 2015
hachette.com.au
Ebook
Complete Write a Novel Course: Your complete guide to mastering the art of novel writing

A commissioned book for Hachette. A comprehensive guide to writing novel-length fiction from the first ideas to publication.

January 13th, 2015
penguinrandomhouse.com
Ebook
Lucy and the Rocket Dog

Lucy and the Rocket dog is a middle-grade book published by Penguin Random House. It is about dogs, science and the here, there and everywhereness of space.

August 15th, 2017

Articles and Book Chapters

17
heated.medium.com
Article
This Muslim Family Invites Strangers for Dinner to Combat Islamophobia
January 15th, 2020
bbc.com
Article
What happened to Myanmar's ghosts?

A piece I wrote for the BBC on a military operation in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital, to move 1000 ghosts.

November 13th, 2019
southeastasiaglobe.com
Article
No place like home

A piece in the SEA Globe about Yangon, gentrification, witchcaft, and the trouble with foreigners.

October 25th, 2019
humanparts.medium.com
Blog Post
The Art of Staring Into Space

A piece commissioned by Medium in-house publication Human Parts on creativity and the art of staring into space.

September 10th, 2019
PDF upload
Article
The Birth of Philosophy (Aquila Magazine)

Article on Greek Philosophy for Aquila children's magazine.

aeon.co
Article
The uncertainty machine

An article on the Chinese Yijing or Book of Changes, and the nature of creativity.

October 11th, 2013
bloomsbury.com
Article
Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy

A book chapter for Bloomsbury on the Chinese thinker Liu Xie, writing, and well-being. My contribution is chapter 14 of the book.

December 13th, 2018
timeshighereducation.com
Article
Hanif Kureishi is wrong about students

An article for the Times Higher Education on talent, writing and pedagogy.

March 13th, 2014
medium.com
Article
Serendipity: Cultivating the Art of Creative Luck

A piece I wrote for The Startup on Medium.com. The best writers are the luckiest writers. But creative luck can be learned and cultivated.

July 16th, 2019
aeon.co
Article
Isaac’s gift

An article for Aeon Magazine on art and anthropology in Indonesia.

March 8th, 2013
PDF upload
Article
Let's Debate Pets (Aquila Magazine)

A piece for Aquila children's magazine about the ethics of keeping pets.

lowestoftchronicle.com
Article
Precious Treasure Chicken (Lowestoft Chronicle)

A piece I wrote for the Lowestoft Chronicle, about an encounter in the Chinese city of Baoji, or Precious Treasure Chicken.

July 1st, 2011
unmappedmag.com
Article
Tanimbar Medicine

A piece on alternative medicine practices in the remote Tanimbar islands of Indonesia.

December 10th, 2014
unmappedmag.com
Article
The domed heaven, the domed earth

A travel piece on a little-known sufi shrine in Pakistan.

asianreviewofbooks.com
Article
Will Buckingham’s “Stealing With the Eyes”, an excerpt

An excerpt from my book Stealing With the Eyes (Haus publications 2018), published in the Asian Review of Books.

July 24th, 2018
unmappedmag.com
Article
Flesh and stones

An article on travel in the north of Pakistan.

wiley.com
Article
Coffee - Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate

I wrote a chapter for Coffee (Grounds for Debate): Philosophy for Everyone, published by Blackwell Wiley. My chapter, "Three Cups: The Anatomy of a Wasted Afternoon" is about ethics, coffee drinking, and the social spaces of cafes.

April 14th, 2011

Email Courses

4
gohighbrow.com
Email Newsletter
The philosophy of happiness

I wrote a course on philosophy and happiness for Highbrow, the wonderful email-based educational platform. The course explores philosophies of happiness from the ancient world down to the present.

September 5th, 2019
gohighbrow.com
Email Newsletter
What is wisdom: An introduction to philosophy

An email-based course for Highbrow, introducing philosophy from the ancient world to the present day.

gohighbrow.com
Email Newsletter
Women in philosophy

An email course on women in philosophy for the Highbrow platform.

medium.com
Article
Want to be more creative? Cultivate more laziness.

A piece I wrote for The Startup on Medium.com. Feeding your creativity by cultivating more laziness. Some timeless advice from 13th century China.

August 19th, 2019

Audio

1
bbc.co.uk
Script
The Philosopher

A story commissioned by BBC Radio4 in conjunction with the Birmingham Book Festival.

March 26th, 2008
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