Fashion-designer and judge from the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee, Esme Young discovered sewing aged 7, and a passion was born.

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As a teenager, she made her way to London and Central St Martins. Living in a squat with other young creatives, Esme made the most of the '70s and '80s: watching Notting Hill Carnival with David Bowie and starting a New Romantic clothing line called Swanky Modes, before moving into the film business and making costumes for films such as Bridget Jones's Diary. She tells her remarkable life story with warmth and wit. 

A celebration of a creative life lived differently, Behind the Seams is a reminder that it's never too early, too late or
too soon to pick up a needle and start stitching in a new direction...

Chaired By Claire Malcolm 

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Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March.
  • Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.
  • Hearing loops are available.  Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).

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