Wind&Bones

We offer mentoring for writers, interactive workshops, talk series and bespoke projects on creative writing, social change, communication & storytelling with power!

Wind&Bones is co-directed by Dr. Hannah Stevens and Dr. Will Buckingham. We’re a community interest company (CIC) registered in the UK, which means we reinvest all our surpluses into working for the public good.

Writing is transformative: it can revolutionise how we see ourselves and each other, help forge community, and give us the tools to imagine and to build a kinder, wiser and more just world.

We take our name from Liu Xie, the sixth century Chinese writer. For Liu, good writing requires a combination of liveliness (wind) and rigour (bone).

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蔚彼風力,嚴此骨鯁

— 劉勰

So cultivate the strength of the wind, and make the bone robust

— Liu Xie

What we do

We run projects and events that explore the intersections of creativity, writing and social change. We’re originally from the UK but work globally.

Since 2018, we’ve run projects in the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Myanmar and Indonesia. Currently we’re based in Bulgaria where we’re running writing classes, working on projects with local activist organisations and community groups, and running a weekly café for writers and activists in collaboration with Greenpeace.

Training

We provide bespoke storytelling, writing, communication and creativity workshops and training events for community groups, voluntary sector organisations, creative practitioners and academic institutions.

Consultancy

We reimagine your goals, provide fresh perspectives, and find new approaches to communicating with your audiences.

We have worked with a wide range of partners: from major international publishers, to think-tanks, to grassroots educational organisations.

Writing

As experienced writers, editors and content providers, we offer writing and editorial services for creative and professional projects.

Who we are

Dr. Hannah Stevens

Hannah has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Leicester. She writes short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction. Hannah’s short story collection, In Their Absence, will be published by Roman Books in 2020.

Hannah’s first short story collection, Without Makeup and Other Stories, was published in 2012, and her stories have been anthologised in award winning books from Valley Press (High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories) and Unthank Books (Unthology 10), and published in a wide range of literary journals.

Hannah has taught creative writing in universities, colleges, schools, the community and for NGOs. For ten years Hannah worked in the voluntary and charity sectors where she was a trustee for a sexual health charity. She has substantial experience of working on projects relating to gender, equality and LGBTQ+ issues.

You can find out more about Hannah on her website.

Dr. Will Buckingham

Will is a writer with two decades of experience running workshops in writing, philosophy and creativity. He has a PhD in philosophy from Staffordshire University, and a masters degree in social anthropology. He has been Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University, visiting professor at the Parami Institute, Yangon, and visiting scholar at Sichuan University. He has also worked on a wide range of grassroots and community-based projects. He writes fiction, creative non-fiction and books for children.

He has published extensively. He is currently working on a book for Granta called Hello, Stranger: How to Welcome the World, about finding creative ways to respond to living in a world of many strangers. His other books include a children’s novel, Lucy and the Rocket Dog with Knopf (2017), the creative nonfiction book Stealing with the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia (Haus Publishing, 2018), and a manual for novelists (Teach Yourself: Complete Write a Novel Course). He was also contributor to Dorling Kindersley’s globally bestselling The Philosophy Book. There’s more information about Will’s work on his  personal website. Will is represented by  Emma Finn at C+W Agency  in London.

What are people saying?

Katie Juilian

Curriculum Manager at Mote Oo Education, Myanmar.

I cannot recommend Wind&Bones more highly. Aside from their proficiency in bending words to their will and whim, they are also delightful people to work with: warm, witty, caring, with dollops of high-level professionalism. You will not regret time spent working with Hannah and Will.

Konstantinos Achile

Youth Development Lead at Refugee Trauma Initiative.

We worked together (Refugee Trauma Initiative) in a creative writing workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece with young displaced people. They were amazing, extremely professional and most importantly they knew what they were doing. I highly recommend them!

Thank you guys. From the whole RTI team.

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