W. J. (Billy) Williamson is the author of numerous articles which have been published in The Scots Magazine, Practical Wireless, Engineering Technology etc. He is registered as an Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council and has passed Highers, the Scottish equivalent of A Levels, in Norwegian and Russian.
He worked for twelve years for the Highlands and Islands Film Guild giving film shows in village halls in Shetland, then for H. Williamson & Sons carrying out repairs on a variety of marine electronic equipment. Later he worked for Shetland Islands Council.