Bill Williams

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Bill Williams

I married Gail, the youngest of the Medbury girls. We have two kids. Jacqui is a journalist with that inestimable journal, The Canberra Times. Ollie is a perennial student. The kids still live at home in Canberra with their mum, not two kilometres from where she was born. 

I live in a shack at Rosedale with the dog, on a cliff above a marine sanctuary at 35 degrees south. My closest friends are the dolphins, the whales when they travel north and south, Monica the magpie, Monty the diamond python and the black cockies who only come for the summer and think that they own the place.

I was a lawyer, a high priest in the temple of reason, until the light saw me. I escaped with my life, just.

Now I surf a mean break below my house and read and write.

Some people ask what I really do. My muse Mary Oliver has the answer. 

Am I no longer young,
and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still
and learning to be astonished.

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