About the Book
As the title Curriculum Vitae suggests, this is not primarily a family affair, joys and sorrows being recorded elsewhere in photo albums, letters and living memories. Our life and activities, from leaving the job in the Kings’ School in 1964 and starting the Pre-University Course in Venice, and moving from living in London to living in Italy, are already recorded in the two books Gondolas and Grapes and A Venice Record 1965 – 2015. Here follows the remaining earlier period, from before school in World War Two to National Service in the Cold War, then University and then teaching in a Public School, showing the way we lived then - an entirely different world.
THE VENICE COURSE- WHAT IS IT ? Put simply, the Course is a nine-week introduction to some of the most thought-provoking achievements in the Western world, from the Classical Past to Today. Conducted through on-site visits and a series of lectures by a team of world-class experts chosen for their charisma and ability to communicate, the Course includes not only Art - painting, sculpture and architecture, but also music, world cinema, some global issues, literature, history. It is an exciting and enriching experience for everyone. Additionally, we offer brilliant practical classes in studio life drawing and portraiture, photography, cookery and Italian language. The Course was started in 1965 by John Hall in the context of the English educational system, where it is common for students to take a Gap Year before starting university. Going to Italy after leaving school is a tradition established centuries ago and is as alive and relevant as ever.