Have You Come Far?: A life in interviews

Have You Come Far?: A life in interviews

by Vaughan Grylls


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We have all squirmed at an uncomfortable interview. Vaughan Grylls has squirmed at more than most. Having had more interviews in his lifetime than anyone should reasonably expect, Grylls, with exemplary powers of recall,
recounts hilarious and often poignant years of painful interviews. They range from childhood interviews for schools, and then for colleges, for university jobs, for newspapers, and even for the sack. But Grylls has been on the other side of the desk as well, as a teacher and finally as the director of an art college, and this experience gives him a perspective on these excruciating rites of passage. In this entertaining and enlightening expose of the interview room, Grylls shows us all, at whatever age, what not to do.

Both an entertaining account of the life and work of a successful artist and educator who has held senior posts (and been interviewed for others) in both Ivy League and Cambridge Colleges as well as more modest institutions,
and also a self-help book for anyone anticipating or planning for an interview. The life lessons are gently imparted with humor and sensitivity,
while the critique of educational practice and the decline of the educational ideal is coruscating and vivid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912242146
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.30(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vaughan Grylls is an artist and writer. He was educated at Goldsmiths and at the Slade and has taught at Reading, Cambridge and Williams College in the US, at several other colleges and universities in the UK. He was Director of two British art schools but is now retired. He has published a number of photographic books and an account of his life in British art schools ‘I Brought this in Case: the 1960’s, Four Art Schools and Me’.

Table of Contents

St Paul's Cathedral Choir School, 1951 9

Skegness Secondary Modern School, 1955 17

Driving Test Office, Newark-on-Trent, 1960 21

Magnus Grammar School, Newark-on-Trent, 1961 25

Nottingham College of Arts & Crafts, 1963 31

Leicester College of Art, 1964 35

Goldsmiths School of Art, 1967 39

The Slade School of Fine Art, 1968 45

Undergraduate Tours Ltd, 1969 49

Maidstone College of Art, 1970 55

Falmouth School of Art, 1970 59

University of Reading, 1970 65

Newport College of Art, 1970 71

Homerton College, Cambridge, 1971 75

London College of Printing, 1973 83

Belfast College of Art, 1974 87

West Hall College of Education, 1974 91

West Hall College of Higher Education, 1983 97

Massachusetts College, 1984 103

West Hall College of Higher Education, 1984 115

Massachusetts College, 1988 117

Kennington College of Art & Crafts, 1988 121

Walsall Polytechnic, 1989 127

Edinburgh College of Art, 1990 143

The Pratt Institute, New York, 1990 147

Kent Institute of Art & Design, 1996 155

London Institute of Law, 2005 163

Time Out in a Hackney studio, 2009 169

Sunday supplement visits Kent, 2012 173

Enfield University, 2013 179

Great Ormond Street Hospital, 2016 185

Coda, 2017 191

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