Announcing 3 book deal with Penguin Random House ~

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a three book deal with Penguin Random House. They will be publishing my modern-day witchcraft series, Palace of Fires.

Palace of Fires is the new title of what was formerly White Witch Black Witch, which I self published earlier this year. As soon as I realised that there could be interest from traditional publishing, I withdrew the book from Amazon.

So how did this happen?

Well, through various means the manuscript got to Lisa Riley, publisher of the Young Readers division of Penguin Random House. She read it, along with her Commissioning Editor Amy Thomas, and they both loved it.


Lisa Riley, Publisher – Bill Bennett – Amy Thomas, Editor

Lisa told me later that she found the novel “unputdownable.” Amy said she read the whole book in four hours. And then they offered me a deal, not only for that book, but for the next two in the series.

Here’s a synopsis:

Palace of Fires tells the story of a young girl in Northern California who discovers that her mother has been abducted by a clandestine organisation of witches, intent on collecting her mum’s soul to repay an ancestral debt to Satan that goes back centuries. The only way this fifteen year old girl can hope to rescue her mother is to become a witch herself. Accompanied by a Native American shaman boy, they set off to find her before she’s ritually sacrificed.

Penguin Random House see it as a highly commercial series for the Young Adult market, with the potential to cross over into an older readership.

The first book will be published in February 2018, with the next two books coming in six month intervals thereafter.

I’m thrilled to be working with such a prestigious publishing house as Penguin Random House – one of the world’s top publishers. And delighted to be working with Lisa and Amy, who will help me take my story out to the world.


PGS the film – it’s getting closer ~

For those of you interested in the progress of my film, INTUITION IS YOUR PERSONAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM – well, I can now report that the film is now a film.

What does that mean?

As of yesterday, editor Rishi Shukla and I completed this current phase of editing – seven weeks. This is on top of the 9 weeks earlier in the year, making a total of 15 weeks so far.

Where is the film at now?

Well, it’s down to length, at 87 minutes including end credits. And I think it’s looking pretty damn good.

What do I have to do to complete the film?

Well, I have another couple of interviews to do – one in New York, in early November, and another in Dallas Texas shortly after. I also have to shoot some dramatic recreation sequences, and some visual overlay material to cover some of the talking heads.

I also have to incorporate some animation sequences into the body of the film, to help visualise some of the concepts involved in explaining how intuition works.

After shooting this additional material I’ll probably need another 4-6 weeks editing, and then we’ll lock off and begin scoring, sound editing, mixing, and picture post.

Wayne and Libby Pashley, owners of Big Bang Sound (where we’re editing), will be doing the sound post. They have been fabulous supporters of this project right from the start, and I thank them for their generosity and commitment.

Rishi too has worked his heart out, and I thank him as well for his continued dedication to the project, and to me. Also to Aldous Massie, the graphic artist, who is giving the film a magical visual aesthetic.

It’s now very apparent that this is a theatrical feature. And the decisions I’ve been making, both technically and in terms of structure, content and style, have been reflecting this.

I need about $150K to finish the film. I’ll be looking for investment around Australia and in the US, when I travel there in November. To those of you who have already invested, thank you. I could not have got this far without you.

Based on a screening yesterday of the film so far, I’m allowing myself to get quietly excited.

Bill Bennett

Dawn on Ganges, Varanasi



Apologies ~

I’ve been Missing in Action lately – hunkered down in the editing room with my intuition film.

My apologies.

My apologies for not responding to some of your comments here, and especially to Julian, who has argued his case for Christianity with his usual level of scholarship and passion.

I’ll be shutting down the editing at the end of this week. We need more funds to continue, plus I need to shoot some more interviews too. Jennifer and I will be going to the US in early November to begin that shooting, which will last about 3 weeks.

I’ll start up editing again when we land more investment. It’s a stop-go process, this film.

It’s starting to look pretty good though I think.
Then again, I’d be the last person to know.
It’s feeling like the film I’ve wanted to make though.

The cut is sitting at 83 minutes, not including end credits. I’ve had to leave a lot out, given that I shot more than 75hrs of material. I also shot more than 60 interviews, and at this stage I’m only using 24. So a lot has hit the cutting room floor.

But the film now has pace, and it’s compelling.

So that’s why I’ve been Missing in Action. It’s been an intense period, and I’ve not had the brain space for other things, other than watch the Swannies lose in the Grand Final.

Oh well – I love my footy team…


Recent India trip – Guest post by Sue Hansen ~

Last month, Jennifer took Sue Hansen to India.
Here is Sue’s guest post on that trip…


Susan Hansen – India Sept 2016

As I have been a fan of Bill’s blog since I first discovered it in 2013, just before we both did our individual Caminos, I decided to use this forum to thank him for his part in organizing my amazing recent trip to India.

I hope it will be the first of many and cannot say enough good things about his organizational & trip planning skills!


A little background…I was signed up to go on his Mother Ganga Tour last year, but chose to cancel for medical reasons, with the plea that he and Jen do another similar tour in the future, for which he could sign me up for.

This was scheduled, however, plans changed and it ended up being just me on the list! I was willing to go it alone, but Jen wanted to go regardless (or was just being nice- I will never really know!) so a trip for two was born and was a tremendous success.

I met Jen in Delhi after spending a few days on my own traveling to Agra for the Taj Mahal.  Bill arranged for my airport pick-up, driver and tour guide in Agra and all went smoothly.  The Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset…need I say more?

Upon my return to Delhi, I had a day and a half to tour around with Jen and spent time with their driver- friend Naveen and filming-friend Ratchit who couldn’t have been nicer. Though Delhi is a different sort of place, it was special because of the people I was with.

From Delhi Jen and I traveled to Varanasi, Amritsar, Dharmsala, and Mumbai and experienced amazing energy as we visited four of the most spiritual pilgrimage sites for the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim religions culminating with the Hindu celebration of Ganpati in Mumbai!

It would take me far longer than this short blog to explain (if I even could) the special and magical moments we shared and experienced in each location and will let some of my photos try to convey these feelings.

I will be forever grateful to Jen, my fantastic travel companion and new, age-old, friend for showing me the ins and outs of India and sharing many laughs, long discussions, spiritual incite and of course we can’t forget to mention the FANTASTIC shopping opportunities!!!HAHAHA!!!

With the amount of India we covered in a short 19 days, I was so happy (and frankly a little surprised) at how everything went so smoothly and without a single hitch.  The hotels were lovely, the drivers excellent and the flights much nicer than most of my Stateside experiences!

Bill was in constant contact (though missing Jen may have had something to do with that!) and ready to tackle any unforeseen problems that may have popped up- but none ever did!

Again, I need to express my heartfelt thanks to you, Bill for making my first (and definitely not my last) trip to India so special.


Note: Sue has taken some wonderful photos of the trip, which I will put up on this blog separately. In the meantime, here is a selfie of the two of them, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.


Between Darkness and Light

The way Steve McCurry uss natural light is nothing short of brilliant…

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The shadow is that place between darkness and light.

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We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,
the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates…
Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
–  Junichiro Tanizaki

Kampala, Uganda Kampala, Uganda

The loveliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and
change and fade away…”
– Charles Dickens

Angkor Wat, Cambodia Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
– T. S. Eliot

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
– Gottfried Benn
Translated from The German by Michael Hofmann

New York City, USA New York City, USA

Afghanistan Afghanistan

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be…

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Let perfection find you ~

A lot of people try to find perfection in their lives.

What about if you let perfection find you…

It means letting go.
Letting go of the struggle.
Letting go of the need.


Become still.

Perfection can only find you if you’re still.
It can’t find you if you’re scrambling around, trying to find it.

Go inside.
It will come.
Don’t seek, just ask.

It will come to you through your intuition.


My problems with religion ~

As those of you who frequent this website know, I have in the past expressed my antipathy towards structured religion.

I was reading Paul Selig’s I AM THE WORD yesterday and I came across this passage that eloquently expresses my concerns:

Excerpt from I AM THE WORD
by Paul Selig

Religion has been created as a manifesto individually for different groups to make changes in consciousness. Ultimately, the focus of all religions in truth, and the true religions, the religions that benefit spirit, are to bring up the frequency of those who engage in it.

But the level of distortion that religion has received through acclimation to agendas, to politics and the use of fear to control those who would benefit from a shift in consciousness has gotten to the point where we must make this distinction.

This is not about religion. The world does not change because of a doctrine. A doctrine is a set of rules, if you think about it, and this is not a set of rules, it is a set of instructions that will align your frequency to the Christ vibration. The Christ vibration does not belong to Christians. Period. Do you understand this? The Christ vibration does not belong to one little group of people who believe the same thing.

It is a frequency of consciousness that was manifested in form by Jesus and by others in different names over this time of history, over the last thousands of years. That is the truth. Now when one group of people claims to have any answer that precludes other people from knowing something, you better watch out.

If this book were to tell you that if you don’t read this book, something dreary would happen to you, you’d better get another book very, very quickly, because that would be terrible instruction. And if any man tells you that the way to salvation, for lack of a better word, is their way and their way alone, run in the other direction today. And we say this with great seriousness. Run in the other direction today. Because that man is actually invested in control.

There is no “my way or the highway” in consciousness. The high road is a wide road and anybody is welcome to their consciousness at this frequency. It does not preclude them from having religion. Religion can be wonderful and on a personal level often is.

The personal level that God exists in man is remarkable and truthful, and religion can give you the opening to an understanding of this, and then the individual experience is wonderfully transformed. So we are not knocking religion as a pathway, only the way religion can be and has been distorted over the millennium. Period.