Dr William L (Bill) Randall is Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. A graduate of Harvard University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Toronto, as well as a member of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he has helped to pioneer a unique approach to the study of aging known as Narrative Gerontology.
Author or co-author of over 60 publications, including 8 books, on this approach, he has given keynote speeches, academic presentations, and interactive workshops for professionals, practitioners, and the general public in Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Norway.
Among the topics he is passionate about are:
- The Poetics of Growing Old
- Narrative Openness & Narrative Resilience in Later Life
- Biographical Aging as a Spiritual Process
- Life Stories as Sacred Texts
- Ordinary Wisdom & Autobiographical Learning
- Creativity & Aging
- Spirituality & Aging
- Reading & Writing our Lives
- The Art of Storylistening
- The Importance of Narrative Care
- The Narrative Complexity of Ordinary Life
“Fairy Tale Wisdom contains the personal reflections of three sensitive and intelligent people on a few of the great stories. They put themselves into the tales, or put the tales in them, and offer ways to both appreciate important narratives and make sense of your life, especially as you grow older. I like most the sincere probing that goes on in the reflections of these extraordinary authors.”
— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Soul Therapy
In depth quality of presentation. Dr. Randall was down-to-earth, practical and humorous-very easy to listen to.
I appreciated the clear presentation, with an unpretentious presenter who has mapped out well a framework for thinking about story listening, and for telling.