Walker, Audrey (7 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Tape 4 (F15804) Side A: Description of AW's difficult long-term relationship with a painter, remarks on living independently ever since. Story about resigning from her teaching job, illustrating children's books and bluffing her way through a job in the children's books department at the Oxford University Press. Brief description of AW's part time teaching post at in Highbury. Description of becoming Head of Art in one of the first comprehensive schools, Parliament Hill School (PHS), Highgate, London. Remarks on AW's support for the comprehensive system. Description of teaching in a comprehensive school, her disillusionment with the system and exhaustion after seven years. Story about making a nativity scene with the Beatles serenading Jesus. Story about AW visiting Margaret Kay's exhibition and being converted to textiles. Description of AW's first textile piece, a sunburst. Remarks on being too tired to stand and paint in the evening and enjoying sitting and stitching. Mentions attending embroidery evening classes. Description of visiting the Festival of Britain, remarks on excitement and optimism of the time.

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