Literary Bio

William Ayot is a poet, author, coach, teacher and ritualist. He works with individuals and groups to explore leadership through poetry, performance and ritul. He is currently Poet-in-Residence at Saïd Business School, Oxford University  and sits on the board of Literature Wales. William is a Member of the Welsh Academi, a Fellow of the Guild of Mythodrama Practitioners, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufactures. He lives with his wife, Juliet Grayson Ayot, in a restored Monmouthshire Gentry House near Chepstow, South East Wales.


The Water Cage (chapbook). Sleeping Mountain Press, 1998
Small Things that Matter.  
The Well, OMA, 2003
The Inheritance.
P S Avalon, 2012
E-Mail from the Soul: New & Selected Leadership Poems. PS Avalon, 2013

The Portable Oasis. CD. 2005  

Anthologies, Business Publications, Etc

Leading from Within (Jossey Bass),
Into the Further Reaches (PS Avalon)
Poems for a Liminal Age

Poems also appear in

The X & Y of Leadership (Spiro),
Trust Matters (Jossey Bass),
Discovery (Cyan-Marshall Cavendish),
Writing for Self Discovery (Element) Myra Schneider & John Killick


Re-Enchanting the Forest: Meaningful Ritual in a Secular World. Vala, Bristol, 2015


Bengal Lancer. Haymarket, Leicester & Lyric,  Hammersmith. 1985
Shakespeare’s Ear. Indiana Schools and Libraries tours 2009-present

Awards & Prizes:


Piccadilly Poets Prize (for spoken poetry). 1995
People’s Book Prize – Special Achievement Award. 2013