The White Feather Diaries is a new online Quaker storytelling project to mark the centenary of World War I.
The real-time story follows five Quakers as the war unfolds, they explore their dilemmas and different choices in a daily blog and Twitter feed. The project will run at incremental periods over three years (2014-2016) up to the anniversary of the 1916 Military Service Act which introduced conscription and recognised conscientious objection. The stories will chart the individuals’ journey of discovery as they find out that opposing war is never easy and being a pacifist is always a brave decision. By using digital media the project is designed to resonate with an audience who are the same age as those called up to fight in 1914. The interactive nature of The White Feather Diaries will create opportunities for discussion and a deeper understanding about the causes of conflict and current peacemaking.