10 episodes

That's Not My Age has gained a global following for it's honest, in-depth interviews with extraordinary women of style and substance. Now we're letting you listen in to the conversations with a new podcast series. With special guests, we'll chat honestly about getting older, changing careers, finding success and why we wear what we wear. Expect lively conversations, inspiring stories and practical advice for midlife and beyond. The series is hosted by acclaimed fashion editor, author and founder of That’s Not My Age, Alyson Walsh, who strongly believes that it’s not about age, it’s about style. • Producer and sound engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi • Host: Alyson Walsh • Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi • Music: David Schweitzer • Digital assistant: Helen Johnson

That's Not My Age Alyson Walsh

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 36 Ratings

That's Not My Age has gained a global following for it's honest, in-depth interviews with extraordinary women of style and substance. Now we're letting you listen in to the conversations with a new podcast series. With special guests, we'll chat honestly about getting older, changing careers, finding success and why we wear what we wear. Expect lively conversations, inspiring stories and practical advice for midlife and beyond. The series is hosted by acclaimed fashion editor, author and founder of That’s Not My Age, Alyson Walsh, who strongly believes that it’s not about age, it’s about style. • Producer and sound engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi • Host: Alyson Walsh • Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi • Music: David Schweitzer • Digital assistant: Helen Johnson

    Esme Young

    Esme Young

    Esme was seven when she made her first garment at school, a hand-sewn red gathered skirt, and she's had an extraordinary career in sewing and fashion design ever since. In this episode Esme joins me to talk about her career highlights - from launching Swanky Modes in the early 80's which was beloved by celebrities such as Cher and Julie Christie, to creating iconic costumes for films such as The Beach and Bridget Jone's Diary. We talk about how she felt moving into a TV career in her sixties and what's it like to work alongside the hilarious Joe Lycett and TNMA favourite Patrick Grant on The Great British Sewing Bee.

    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Esme Young
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 54 min
    Curtis Holder

    Curtis Holder

    Imagine my surprise when I switched over to Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of the Year (2020) and there was friend-of-a-friend, Curtis Holder. With only one male guest so far on the That’s Not My Age podcast roster, I instantly knew who had to be next. And it was no surprise to see Curtis sketching away on TV, consistently wowing the judges and charming his sitters – he’s a lovely, warm, incredibly talented man. And of course, he went on to win the competition (loud screech of approval from TNMA Mansions) with his stunningly original pencil drawings. Part of the prize included a commission from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to create a portrait of the 47-year-old ballet dancer and director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta. Having grown up on a housing estate in Leicester, to Curtis this felt like the opportunity of a lifetime.
    After many years working in education as a primary school teacher, the 52-year-old has recently reduced his days in order to devote more time to becoming a professional artist. We talk about his creative journey, from early childhood scribbles to latest commissions, race, diversity and the challenges of breaking into the art world. Of course, I wanted to know all about Curtis’ experience on Portrait Artist of The Year, get a male perspective on changing career in your 50s and find out what it was like to meet Carlos Acosta and share a precious, self-affirming moment together.

    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Curtis Holder
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 59 min
    Orsola De Castro

    Orsola De Castro

    Orsola de Castro is the global creative director of Fashion Revolution a not-for-profit organisation formed in response to the Rana Plaza factory disaster in 2013. We first met at London Fashion Week a year earlier, when Orsola was managing Esthetica the showcase for sustainable designers - and I (very superficially) stopped to ask her about the fabulous gold trousers she was wearing. A leading pioneer in the sustainable fashion world, 54-year-old Orsola created the label From Somewhere in the late 1990s, making upcycled clothes and items from off-cuts and end-of-roll fabric from factories in Italy. Now, a fully fledged fashion revolutionary, together with Carrie Somers, she leads a global movement calling for change in the fashion industry. Orsola de Castro is a leading speaker on sustainability and an author. Her first book Loved Clothes Last (How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act) has just been published by Penguin. Full of practical tips on how to lengthen the lifespan of your clothing and reveal your inner craftivist, it also contains staggering facts and figures on the impact fast fashion has on the workforce and the planet.


    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Orsola De Castro
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Arit Anderson

    Arit Anderson

    My guest on today's podcast is the wonderful garden designer, writer and TV presenter, Arit Anderson. Who I'm sure you recognise from BBC Gardener's World and Garden Rescue. The 52-year-old grew up in North London and worked in fashion for 25 years before discovering horticulture in her mid-40s. It was moving into a new house that, er, sowed the seeds of a new gardening career and while continuing as a freelance consultant, she studied for a diploma in garden design at Capel Manor a specialist environmental college. Swiftly going on to win several awards, including one at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, and a Gold Medal for her conceptual garden highlighting the impact of climate change and the need for renewable energies, at RHS Hampton Court in 2016. Today, as well as broadcasting, writing and investigating ways to make landscaping more eco-friendly, she runs her own successful garden design practice.
    In this podcast, Arit Anderson explains her career trajectory from fashion retail and events, to finding happiness in horticulture. We talk about how being in nature can restore our mental health, what makes a good garden and what she's doing to stay positive during the pandemic (clue: it's much more adventurous than sourdough). I'm sure you're going to love this episode. Now that we're recording the podcast using an app, I don't actually meet (or even see) the guests - which can feel a bit awkward at times - but it has to be said that Arit was warm and friendly and an absolute dream to chat to. I'm hoping that when all this is over, we'll be able to meet up IRL and I can pick her brains about my balcony. In the meantime, I've offered to email her a photo...

    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Arit Anderson
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Amelia Bullmore

    Amelia Bullmore

    Serendipity on the cycle path last week. Out for my daily exercise when someone behind me in the bike lane called my name. It was the multi-talented actor and writer Amelia Bullmore. We met several years ago at a local Pilates class and even though Amelia has appeared in some of my favourite TV programmes: Coronation Street (Steph Barnes),  I’m Alan Partridge (girlfriend Sonja) and Twenty Twelve (Kay Hope)  - I didn’t recognise her. Sharp, brilliant and funny, she's also very low-key and modest. We always had a good chat and discovered that we were both students in Manchester at the same time, but while I was propping up the bar at the Hacienda, Amelia was touring the country with playwright Helen Edmunson and the women’s theatre group Red Stockings...
    But that was then. Now she's busier than ever, filming the second series of Gentleman Jack and writing the script for the second series of her crime drama Traces. Set in Dundee, Traces focuses on the work of three female forensic scientists and is enjoyable to watch ( Mondays at 9pm on BBC1, all episodes are available on iPlayer). Amelia very generously found the time to record a That's Not My Age podcast. Together we discuss writing, the pressures on women actors as they age, costume - if you're interested in design and styling Amelia recommends the YouTube channel Costume CO which has a couple of films on Gentleman Jack. And of course we talked about style. Eulogising over the French actor Camille Cottin who stars in Call My Agent (new series coming soon), whose name we couldn't remember. That IS Our Age.

    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Jan De Villeneuve
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jan De Villeneuve

    Jan De Villeneuve

    In the 1960s, model Jan de Villeneuve regularly appeared on the cover of Vogue and was photographed by all the greats, including, David Bailey and Norman Parkinson. An architecture and design graduate from Ohio, she was discovered in her early twenties while visiting a friend in New York. This super-cool fan of vintage fashion was refused entry to a restaurant in San Francisco in 1971 for ‘being too mod’. In a feature called ‘What we really wore in the 70s’ she described her outfit to the Telegraph, ‘I had on a long Liberty-print skirt, a white peasant blouse and a cardigan. Strangely enough, a lady wearing a skimpy two-piece leopard-print outfit with midriff showing was allowed in – I had to borrow a trench coat.’ 
    Over 50 years later, Jan's modelling career is going through something of a renaissance and she's back on the cover of magazines. Jan still loves vintage fashion and spending time with her family - her daughters are the illustrator Daisy and model-turned-photographer Poppy de Villeneuve – she lives in Kent with her partner the rock and roll drummer Andy Newark and her dog Charlie.


    Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
    Host: Alyson Walsh
    Guest: Jan De Villeneuve
    Music: David Schweitzer
    Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
    Digital technician: Tom Hole at Stirtingale
    Coordinator: Helen Johnson 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Futurefamer16 ,

Incredible!!

What an amazing podcast. I did some research and recommended this to an aunt of mine a few months back and she has thanked me on multiple occasions for sending it to her. Just sent it over to my mom who is nearing the age of 50 as well and am hoping for her to receive the goodness and love that Alyson is providing for her audience!

heidimakeshats. ,

I’m so thankful I found this.

I adore this podcast! It’s just what I’ve been looking for. The interviews are so interesting and feel extremely relevant. I’ve learned so much and been inspired to be a better version of me.

Henriette's Table ,

Simply smart, interesting and chic.

I am new to the TNMA circle but feel I have just hit a jackpot! Thank you so much for your authentic conversations with such incredible women. Really looking forward to season 2!!

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