was born in the United States in 1947, and migrated to Australia in 1972. After several years working as a high school teacher, he spent four years at Papunya Aboriginal Settlement in the Northern Territory where he collected stories for use in a bilingual reading programme. He helped found the Poets’ Union of Australia. His first book of poetry, Singing The Snake (Angus and Robzertson, 1990), was hailed as a modern-day classic. Billy also wrote for television (co-creator/writer of Stringer), and made several documentary films. He is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and a former member of the Playwrights’ Studio (National Institute of Dramatic Art). In July 1984 he attended a lunch at the Rozelle house of ex-New Zealand poet Nigel Roberts, along with many other friends and poets, to honour Lauris Edmond, visiting New Zealand poet. Nigel is a friend of Papunya too. John Tranter was there and took some photos: here they are.