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    Athol Williams added new listing Bumper Cars in Poetry
    An energy pervades this book, a raw, shocking energy. In an age when intellectual robots are in danger of taking over the world of poetry, here's something hauntingly different,...
    An energy pervades this book, a raw, shocking energy. In an age when intellectual robots are in danger of taking over the world of poetry, here's something hauntingly different, something savage...
    An energy pervades this book, a raw, shocking energy. In an age when intellectual robots are in danger of taking over the world of poetry, here's something hauntingly different, something savage and visceral and human, a cry we cannot ignore. The 41 poems in Bumper Cars explore the possibility of peaceful societies by probing the causes of conflict. A central theme is "how we see each other determines the nature of the society we create." Ultimately, the poems are hopeful, believing that "with love we all will rise." The poems in Bumper Cars contain my reflections upon the human condition and the state of our global society.  These poems are influenced by my actual experiences, as all poetry is, but is also influenced by my academic study in political philosophy.  I believe that humanity has greater capacity for love than hate, and that with structural change to our societies and awakening of our greater selves, we can make strides toward a more peaceful world. "Athol Williams's writing is viscerally engaging. It brings the reader into the sensory configuration of the world he inhabits with his metaphors like living members of an extended family.  I was struck by the virtuosic skill inherent in the frontal simplicity with which he expressed the absurdity and hopelessness of the blind man's guile in The Blind That See - Version 1 - a rare poetic gift for incisive and acerbic observation."  Eugene Skeef (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)
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  • Athol Williams added new listing Cover Contest 2017: Pushing Boulders in Cover Contest 2017
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid...
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid South Africa....
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid South Africa. Born into poverty in an old, converted police station in 1970, Athol Williams overcomes an endless series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, what he calls ‘boulders’, to become one of the first people to undertake master's degree study at five of the world's top universities – Harvard, Oxford, MIT, LSE and London Business School. Athol goes on to establish a highly successful corporate career in the US, UK and South Africa and for a period enjoys a lifestyle that would be the envy of even the privileged, yet at the height of his success he foregoes wealth and status to pursue his passion to use education and his writing to enable and inspire others to thrive. His poetry wins numerous awards and his inspirational children’s books are distributed to tens of thousands of children in South Africa through the non-profit that he establishes. Drawing on his breathtaking experiences, Athol reminds us that though life requires us to push enormous boulders at times, life is not about the boulders; life is about the dreams that wait on the other side of the boulders. This book will make you laugh and cry but most of all it will lift your spirit. It will show you that even your most outrageous dreams are possible, and leave you energised to begin pursuing them. It is an absolute must-read for young and old.
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  • Athol Williams added new listing First Lines Contest 2017: Pushing Boulders in First Lines Contest 2017
    They thought I was either an arms trader or diamond dealer. This was how my neighbours in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Morningside saw me. A neighbour explained to me that...
    They thought I was either an arms trader or diamond dealer. This was how my neighbours in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Morningside saw me. A neighbour explained to me that they had settled...
    They thought I was either an arms trader or diamond dealer. This was how my neighbours in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Morningside saw me. A neighbour explained to me that they had settled on diamond dealer because it was ‘classier’ than an arms trader.
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  • Athol Williams added new listing Pushing Boulders in Biography & Autobiography
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid...
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid South Africa. Born...
    PUSHING BOULDERS is a rare story of unlikely success as it follows the life of a descendant of slaves growing up during the most intense period of racial oppression in Apartheid South Africa. Born into poverty in an old, converted police station in 1970, Athol Williams overcomes an endless series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, what he calls ‘boulders’, to become one of the first people to undertake master's degree study at five of the world's top universities – Harvard, Oxford, MIT, LSE and London Business School. Athol goes on to establish a highly successful corporate career in the US, UK and South Africa and for a period enjoys a lifestyle that would be the envy of even the privileged, yet at the height of his success he foregoes wealth and status to pursue his passion to use education and his writing to enable and inspire others to thrive. His poetry wins numerous awards and his inspirational children’s books are distributed to tens of thousands of children in South Africa through the non-profit that he establishes. Drawing on his breathtaking experiences, Athol reminds us that though life requires us to push enormous boulders at times, life is not about the boulders; life is about the dreams that wait on the other side of the boulders. This book will make you laugh and cry but most of all it will lift your spirit. It will show you that even your most outrageous dreams are possible, and leave you energised to begin pursuing them. It is an absolute must-read for young and old. Athol Williams is a South African poet and social philosopher. He has published three poetry collections, the most recent, Bumper Cars and edited a poetry collection at Harvard. He was awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2015 and his poems have been published in New Contrast, New Coin, Clare Market Review and Popshot. He has written two children’s books which have been distributed to 30,000 children through Read to Rise, the NGO he founded to promote youth literacy. Athol holds five degrees including masters from Harvard, MIT and LSE, and is currently studying Political Philosophy at Oxford University.
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  • Athol Williams added new listing Athol Williams in Authors Directory
    Athol Williams is the chairman of Read to Rise, the youth literacy non-profit that he founded after many years as a business strategy advisor. He is an award-winning poet with three...
    Athol Williams is the chairman of Read to Rise, the youth literacy non-profit that he founded after many years as a business strategy advisor. He is an award-winning poet with three published...
    Athol Williams is the chairman of Read to Rise, the youth literacy non-profit that he founded after many years as a business strategy advisor. He is an award-winning poet with three published collections and is the author of the Oaky series of inspirational children's books. Athol grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa and has been educated at Oxford, Harvard, MIT, LSE London Business School and Wits University.
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