Writing Creativity Social Justice
Welcome to Wind&Bones, a creative project run by Dr. Will Buckingham and Dr. Hannah Stevens exploring the intersections between writing, creativity and social justice.
We run workshops, training and creative events that aim to get to the heart of what it means to write well. We see writing as an end in itself — good writing is its own justification — and also as a means to fostering deeper, richer community. Writing can build confidence, support diversity, open up new possibilities for dialogue, and deepen our capacity for understanding ourselves, others, and the world that we share.
Hannah has a PhD in creative writing. She writes short fiction and creative non-fiction and has published widely in journals and anthologies. Her first book-length collection In Their Absence is due to be published in 2019.
Will has a PhD in philosophy. He writes fiction, non-fiction and for children. He is currently working on his twelfth book, Hello Stranger, which will be published by Granta in 2020.
WHAT WE DO
We run projects that explore the intersections of creativity, writing and social justice.
We run creative writing workshops! Recent projects have included workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester in the UK, classes on writing and activism at the Parami Institute, Yangon, and workshops on writing and ethics at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Indonesia.
We also run training events. Most recently, we worked with a group of language teachers from community education projects in Hpa-An, Myanmar.
Currently we are consulting for Mote Oo education, who provide educational material to post-secondary institutions in Myanmar. We also work with individual writers in developing their craft.
Between us, we have over a quarter of a century of experience as writers, literary activists and workshop leaders.
We set up Wind&Bones out of a conviction that creative writing can be a powerful tool for transforming how we see ourselves, how we see each other, and how we see the world. Wind&Bones aims to harness this creative potential to make the world a better place.
We have worked on projects relating to missing people, set up bilingual philosophy salons in China, run creative projects with LGBTQ+ communities and mental health services, consulted on community-based educational projects, and led workshops in settings as diverse as hospitals, art colleges, universities, cathedrals and schools.
We have taken our name – Wind&Bones – from the famous sixth century Chinese book on creative writing, the Wenxin Diaolong or ‘Carving Dragons and the Literary Mind’ by Liu Xie. Fenggu (風骨) or ‘The Wind and the Bone’ is the title of one of the chapters of his book, suggesting how good writing is born out of a combination of suppleness and structure.
So cultivate the vigour of the wind, and make the bone robust — Liu Xie
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
“Thank you both for being such fantastic, inspiring teachers”
— student on Writing, Myth and Tradition.
“A practical, enjoyable and skilfully delivered program… I found the balance of practicality and idealism impressive and was particularly pleased by the very down-to-earth, realistic advice about a writing career than can only come from two people who have committed their lives to literature and the creative process.”
— student on Writing, Myth and Tradition