Daily Telegraph columnist answers the (many) questions as part of Women and Business programme
Stop the press, there’s a story happening here! Eminent national newspaper columnist, Judith Woods, spent a tough day at Kilgraston being quizzed by Fifth and Sixth Form as part of the School’s Women and Business programme.
More used to asking, rather than answering, the questions, the Daily Telegraph journalist gamely spent four hours with the tough young interrogators: “There was no slacking,” she said, “you have some keen news-hounds here, they really put me through my paces!”
Judith Woods is based in London having had a career that has taken her all over the globe.
Born in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, the youngest of five girls, she left home aged 18 to read German at Edinburgh University where she was an active member of the student theatre, appearing in numerous fringe festival comedy shows. During this time she also spent a year living in Berlin.
Judith graduated with a first class degree and joined a local, free, newspaper in Edinburgh, training on the job. She went on to work for the Edinburgh Evening News, speech radio and then The Scotsman, before receiving a call from The Daily Telegraph in London.
A contemporary of the now Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, she used to catch the same bus, as the peer, to work while he too was working at the Telegraph. She noticed that he always sat at the very front of the bus (he does, as we know, like buses!) and didn’t seem to understand how to fold a newspaper, bundling all the billowing pages into a great big ball.
Commenting on an interview with Theresa May MP, Judith told the girls: “Prime ministers are tough but a lot easier than teenagers, let me tell you,” she continued: “At Kilgraston there’s no messing, they get straight to the point and don’t give up until they have the answer they want!”
Head of Kilgraston, Dorothy MacGinty, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Judith. So many fantastic stories, she was such an inspiration to all of the girls.” Swimming with hammer-head sharks, travelling with Peruvian vigilantes, attending star-laced Oscar parties and interviewing teenage ‘influencer’ Zoella were just some of the subjects covered by the journalist. “A real eye-opener,” said Mrs MacGinty, “we were very grateful to Judith for giving up a whole day of her time, it was a a fascinating journey.”
Daily Telegraph article mentioning Kilgraston on 4.10.19
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