William Ayot was born in rural Hertfordshire. Having worked in London’s casino industry, he underwent a personal transformation, rejoining the world as a poet, teacher and ritualist. He has worked in rehab, prisons, and men’s groups, led rites of passage and taught in board rooms and business schools around the world. Writing includes the play Bengal Lancer, three collections of poetry including E-mail from the Soul, which won the People’s Book Prize. His latest book is Re-enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World. William is a member of the Welsh Academy, and lives in a restored Monmouthshire gentry-house with his wife, psychotherapist Juliet Grayson.