Will Buckingham

Hello, Stranger

County Buildings & Online
In person & Online event
Wed 22 Sep
19:00 UK
£0.00 to £5.00

For this live audience event, the interviewer will be in the venue with the speaker joining by video link. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Special offer: £5 tickets will be redeemable against a copy of the book when purchased during the event.

Take a deep dive into our need to interact with strangers — as potential allies, companions, and friends. Following the death of his partner, Buckingham realised that opening up to others would help him steer a path through grief and became immersed in the rich tradition of hosting and meeting strangers. He’ll share his insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature, to explain how our traditions of meeting the ‘other’ can mitigate the issues of our time — including the forced solitude of the pandemic — offering a powerful antidote to our increasingly atomised world. 

About the author: Will Buckingham is a writer, academic, and traveller with a PhD in philosophy and an MA in anthropology. He’s written fiction, philosophy, and books for children.

Hello, Stranger is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of wigtownbookfestival.com with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Full Terms and Conditions for attending this year's Festival in person can be found on our website.

Asking questions
On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or by clicking the 'ask a question' box below the stream on the homepage of the website and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

Buy the books
Browse our online bookshop, which will stock all our speakers’ latest titles.

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