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William Shepherd was born a British citizen in 1946, and brought up an Anglican Christian in the south of England. In 1989 At the age of 43, William Shepherd's worldly experiences and his academic learning led him to conclude that the scientific evidence for a supernatural order 'apart from' the natural order was overwhelming. Whether we label this divine reality 'God' or 'Nature' or 'The Life Force' or 'The Holy Spirit' is of much smaller significance than our recognition of a spiritual realm and of its mysterious nature. In short, William Shepherd recognises the inalienable sovereignty of The Human Spirit...and the need to approach Our World with a profound sense of mystery and wonder. This insight has inspired his work over the past 12 years. Here is what he had to say about himself in the spring of 1991.
William Shepherd acquired his academic knowledge of Life, the Universe and Everything from studies in the Mechanical Sciences, the Liberal Arts and the Work & Wealth Accounting of the modern world at Christ's Hospital School, Sussex; Churchill College, Cambridge; the University of East Africa in Nairobi; Stockholm and Uppsala Universities in Sweden; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA; and Wheelock College for Teachers in Boston.
William Shepherd's worldly experiences have been gained working and living in the city regions of Stockholm, London, Nairobi, Blantyre, Muscat, Luxembourg, Boston and Los Angeles; and the rural small town environments of Kenya's Rift Valley, New England's Martha's Vineyard, the Mississippi River town of Muscatine in Iowa, and Canterbury in The Garden of England.
William Shepherd took a Swedish wife in 1969 and was married to her for fifteen years, their marriage being blessed with a daughter in 1973 and a son in 1975. Since setting out into the world once again as a single man, William Shepherd has been graced with two long and loving relationships, with a Jewess of Polish extraction from St. Louis in Missouri; and with a devout Catholic from Bogota in Colombia; but otherwise has preferred to devote his time and energy to scholarship and to the callings peculiar to The Poet.
Since his return to the UK from America in November 1987, William Shepherd has lived in a small studio apartment on Kungsholmen in the centre of Stockholm, and within walking distance of evensong at Canterbury Cathedral. In August 1990 William Shepherd opened an office in Rye, Sussex and formerly declared himself the first scholar of The Cinque Ports Academic Inn.
As he gazes across the rooftops of the Old Benedictine Monastery towards the rolling Sussex downs beyond, he dreams of the day when he and other Academic Inn Scholars will tend their gardens, sing their songs, and cross the sea in boats to meet with their friends a day's sailing away (with a good southwesterly) at the other end of the Ancient Water Trails across The English Channel.
to be continued...the gods willing...
Cinque Ports Academic Inn 2002
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