BBC Travel: Wind&Bones's Will Buckingham on how to move 1000 ghosts

The wheels of the publishing world turn slowly. So just as we are settling into life here in Bulgaria, BBC Travel Online have published an eassy from Wind&Bones’s very own Will Buckingham about Myanmar. It is a fascinating tale from the tail-end of Myanmar’s military rule, about the logistics of moving 1000 ghosts from the capital city of Naypyidaw.

This piece was a long time in the making, and like all pieces of writing, there was a lot of collaboration behind the scenes, a lot of talking to friends and contacts and scholars. It was great, as we munched on our Bulgarian breakfast pastries this morning, to see the work finally pay off. And although Bulgarian breakfasts are the best in the world, we feel duty bound to say so are Burmese breakfasts. So reading this, we also felt a little pang of nostalgia for our work in Myanmar, and for the pleasures of Burmese tea, and flat noodle salad, or nan bya thouk.

You can read the article here.

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Parami Institute Residency: Writers of the World Unite!

Last night we came to the end of our seven month residency at the Parami Institute in Yangon. Since late last year, we have been running writing workshops with some brilliantly talented writers from Myanmar and across the world. 

We started out in November with a short story course, exploring how to write powerful, well-crafted stories. Earlier this year, on our Writing, Myth and Tradition course, we went on to explore the myths and traditions that shape us individually and collectively. And most recently, we ran a course called Remaking the World on writing and activism.

Given the huge appetite for change in Myanmar, we were particularly pleased to be doing a course that brought together writing and activism, exploring how writing can be a positive force for change in the world. He we all are at the end of last night’s class (under the watchful eye of the Chinese writer Lu Xun).

Parami Institute Residency: Writers of the World Unite!

We’re looking forward to seeing what the writers from our class do next. Individually and collectively, they are a force to be reckoned with. And we’re excited to do more work at the meeting places between writing and activism during our next assignment in Greece.