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Tony Williams – Author Visit – Stories behind the Storyteller

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May 9 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Monday May 9, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia

Please join us for an interesting conversation with author Tony Williams and Leanne on Monday 9th May at 2.30pm in our Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room.

Tony now lives as a single gay man on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Now retired, he loves riding his bike, swimming in the ocean, keeping fit with yoga and meditation, and painting in his studio. He has been a potter in the past, travelled both in Australia and overseas, and loves the bush and the vibrant colours and spirit of the inland and coast of Australia.

He has ceramic work and paintings in collections in Australia, Great Britain and Canada. Tony grew up on the edge of the wild Colo region west of Sydney, and spent many years in the Blue Mountains. Most of his adult life he lived and worked in the Inner West of Sydney.

Tony has been a teacher and school counsellor, and has had a private psychology counselling practice for the past 24 years. He started writing a journal about 15 years ago and this book grew out of that. This was an attempt to make sense of the events and influences in his life. Writing the book, The Way Life Is, has been a very rewarding experience. Writing has been a big part of Tony’s professional life but this is the first time he has published writing. Tony has two wonderful adult sons and two beautiful grandchildren. This book is for them.

The Way Life Is : A Memoir by Tony Williams

What are the events, experiences and ancestors that affect and shape our lives? How do we carry these experiences and influences throughout our lives? How do they shape who we are? What are the effects of these experiences? Why do we turn out the way we do?

In this memoir, Tony, a psychologist for many years, asks the big questions that arise from the effects and experiences of life. He gives us an insight into how our past experiences shape our very lives and what we bring to our relationships with significant others and with ourselves. What are these “big” issues, life influencing events and outcomes? Tony explores how we survive these challenges and emerge a stronger, better, more independent and assertive individual. Tony explores the “big” issues of growing up different, exploring among other things, the influences and effects of family, trauma, of bullying, of an emerging and accepting of gay sexuality, of manhood and marriage and children, financial difficulties, of travel and higher education, of work and relationships.

“We had to ride our bikes on hot summer days up the dirt track all the way to school and back again, about five kilometres each way, day after day, alone or with any of the local kids doing the same trip; the red-tailed black cockatoos calling from the bush arrkk! arrkk! as we passed. We walked for hours on warm spring days over the hills, around the swamps teeming with bird life, and along the creeks exploring the rocks and the bush, abandoned houses on old farms, learning to avoid snakes and goannas; watching the wrens and water birds; never getting lost; going as far as we liked as long as we were home in time for dinner.”

Life is a huge mix of experiences, events and relationships. As Tony makes clear, life is not all straight-forward and idyllic, but in the end life turns out The Way Life Is.

 

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