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Celia Pym: The Art of Visible Mending

Celia Pym: The Art of Visible Mending

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In her book On Mending Celia Pym collected ten stories of damaged garments that she mended in the last fifteen years: who the item belonged to, how it was damaged, how it was mended and where it is now.

For this year's Folkestone Book Festival Celia talks about the art of visible mending, and its implication for fashion, slow fashion, and emotional sustainability.

Celia will be in conversation with Leah Thorn from a:dress, a Folkestone-based creative action group tackling the fast fashion industry.

Click here for more info about Celia Pym and the art of mending

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Folkestone Book Festival is our annual celebration of books, ideas, reading and writing in its many magical forms. This year's festival has been curated by Jen Thatcher and James Harkin. Curating the festival for the first time, Jen and James have been inspired by Folkestone and how we can all come together through inspired discussion about global ideas, global thinking and possible futures.


This year's festival is for everyone and we want to make it possible for more people than ever before to be able to come together and enjoy a packed festival. To make this possible we have introduced a £5 ticket. This is a no questions asked ticket for those that may be struggling to afford events and performances.


We would like to thank our Principal Sponsor Saga, our Education Partner Canterbury Christ Church University, Le Shuttle and our Travel Partner, Southeastern. Creative Folkestone is also supported by Arts Council England, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£5 Cost of Living

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