Shirley Billing is an international journalist, a writer of books and articles mainly based on her experiences sailing 65,000 miles around the world with her husband Peter. Shirley has lived in England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cyprus and Shanghai and, of course on their 35' Endurance ketch CLYPEUS in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Her father always had boats and his company was Yacht Holidays Ltd.
Married to Peter for 58 years they have three children and seven grandchildren. They had been sailing dinghies and cruisers for 30 years before setting off.
On leaving school Shirley attended St James' Secretarial College in London which enabled her to find work and enjoy the local people wherever she has lived: Harrods, Ascot Race Course, Taipei American School, Shanghai University, etc. A passionate Keep Fitter and Leader ensured she was in good shape to start their world circumnavigation.
Peter, a qualified electronic engineer was working himself to death when a car accident made them re-evaluate their lives. His former American employers pursued him and offered positions to start up design and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, Singapore and Shanghai.
Buying a house on the banks of Milford Haven in 2000 has enabled Shirley to study and gain an M.A. in Creative Writing in the winters whilst still sailing the Mediterranean in the summers. Shirley also had her play "Remind Me" performed at the Hay Festival.
Now they give power point presentations to various clubs around the country and being lecturers on Cruise Ships keeps their voyage fresh in their minds. Settling in Pembrokeshire both did voluntary work:Peter delivers Meals on Wheels and Shirley worked in the Oxfam Shop. She belongs to Pembroke Dock Writers Group, the W.I., Tangent and Soroptomists, volunteers at the local theatre, enjoys aqua aerobics and is just starting Zumba and enjoying every minute.
Shirley's books: SEIZE THE DAY (the decisions, preparations and voyage from London to Singapore),
RED SEA PERIL (On their way from Singapore to Cyprus when sailing up The Red Sea they were arrested and held for a month in Eritrea under suspicion of spying.) PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE (from Cyprus to home through the Mediterranean and French Canals, but with the added trauma of Peter having a heart attack on board in Paris.)