Ctrl Alt Delete

Ctrl Alt Delete

By Emma Gannon

This is not a traditional career podcast. It’s a podcast for people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. What does it mean to be a philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Award-winning author Emma Gannon has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead. Named Best Business podcast by Vuelio, Ctrl Alt Delete is a gateway into new ideas – with over 5million downloads and past guests including Alain de Botton, Dame Steve Shirley and Mrs Hinch.

Episodes

#265 Julia Ebner: Going Undercover On The Internet

Today's guest is Julia Ebner, bestselling author and Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she leads projects on online extremism, disinformation and hate speech. She has acted as a consultant for the UN, NATO, and the World Bank. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Prospect and Newsweek, and she was a key contributor to a documentary for ITV on militant responses to Brexit, and a Radio 4 piece on women in the far right. Her first book, The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism, was a bestseller and shortlisted for multiple awards. In this episode, we discuss her new book Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists. We touch on how Julia went undercover into online hate-groups; how to deal with trolls and how to improve education for young people in regards on online extremism. If you enjoy this podcast please do leave a rating or review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2032m 12s

#264 Jess Evans: Classism In Journalism

Hello! Today's guest is journalist and consultant Jessica Evans. She has previously written for the likes of Stylist, Refinery29, Elle and all the top magazines. She is also the founder and CEO of The Freelance Sessions, which is an indie organisation that helps both aspiring writers become freelance journalists and established journalists in their career. The heart behind the one-to-one sessions is to help more northern, working class women break into the elitist world of journalism. I came across Jess when I read a piece she wrote for The Independent called "The journalism industry is abysmal for working class women like me" (link below). In this episode we discuss freelancing, classism, the issue with "Londonising" and how to get more talented individuals into the industry. Jess's piece in The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/class-discrimination-journalism-women-working-class-2020-london-a9264146.htmlMore info on PressPad here: https://presspad.co.uk/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2019m 53s

#263 Emma Jane Unsworth: From Novel To Screenplay

My guest today is Emma Jane Unsworth - the award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her latest novel, ADULTS, a comedy about a thirty-something woman whose life is falling apart and has been described as a "witty" and "virtuoso" satire by The Guardian and "sharp and funny" by The Times. Her previous novel, ANIMALS, was adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019 and Unsworth won the award for Best Debut Screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines. She is currently adapting ADULTS for television.In this episode we discuss novel writing, script-writing, social media addiction, jealousy of other women, postpartum mental health - we cover it all. If you enjoyed this episode, please do rate and review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2036m 41s

#262 Kate Hamilton: What Do We Now Expect From Brands?

Kate Hamilton is my guest today. For five years she worked at SUITCASE magazine and for two of those years she held the position of Editor-in-Chief. She is also Co-Founder and Content Director at Sonder & Tell, a new agency that helps brands find their voice and express themselves. Their practice involves bringing an editorial approach to brand content, applying storytelling techniques to creates work that cuts through the noise. I've worked with Sonder & Tell in the past on the book Comfort Zones that raised money for Women For Women International last year, and they also helped me rebrand my newsletter as The Hyphen which has now expanded into The Hyphen Book Club. In this episode we discuss how brands are responding to Covid-19, crafting a tone voice, storytelling, how to add value and what branding will look like in the future.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2030m 7s

#261 How AI is Changing The Whisky Industry

Today's guest is Angela D’Orazio, master blender and chief nose officer at Mackmyra – a multi-award-winning Swedish whisky distillery, and the producer of the world’s first AI-created whisky. Really excited to bring you a special bonus episode in partnership with Microsoft all about how AI is changing the whisky industry. I loved hearing about how us humans can work with AI to achieve a different kind of creativity. We spoke about how she got into her job as a master blender; AI adds a new layer of creativity to her job; the things she's learned over the years and what she's looking forward to next.Thanks to Microsoft for making this one happen. If you liked this episode, please do rate and review it on your favourite podcast app.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/2019m 30s

#260 Laura Dockrill On Postpartum Psychosis

Laura Dockrill is an award-winning author and illustrator. What Have I Done? is Laura's first book for adults. I have loved Laura's fiction and poems for years, and now this. I can already say it's one of the best memoirs I've ever read on mental health. It's about postpartum psychosis. It's moving, incredibly vivid and well written. Laura made me feel like I was standing in the corner of the hospital room with her when giving birth and then in her living room afterwards as she embarked on her road to recovery. The topic is so so important and it still feels so shrouded in secrecy, until now. I'm so glad this book exists. In this episode we discuss Laura's journey, recovery, what it's like when a raw blog article about your mental health goes viral, and why this book is a love letter to family and friends.If you'd like to read the article on Clemmie Telford's blog that we discuss in the interview, it is here: https://motherofalllists.com/2018/08/13/2018-08-13-postpartum-psychosis/And if you'd like to buy Laura's book 'What Have I Done?' you can do so here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/what-have-i-done/laura-dockrill/9781529110210Thanks for listening, and if you enjoyed this episode please do consider leaving a rating or review! xo  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2037m 19s

#259 Christine Armstrong: The Truth About Work & Parenting

Christine Armstrong is an author, researcher and speaker on the future of work. She is a contributing editor of Management Today, She is known to 'blow up the bullshit about working parenting and dig into the truth about what works. And what really doesn’t.' You might have read her piece in the Times that went viral called 'why working mums are being sold an impossible dream about work/life balance — and how to set the record straight' a piece promoting the publication of her brilliant book The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish. We recorded this episode pre-lockdown, and Christine is now researching our response to working from home en masse and asking what people want to happen next. I really hope you enjoy this episode we got into the nitty gritty of parenting, work and why flexible working doesn't always work - and how we can try and get it right.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2037m 20s

#258 Dani Dyer: Work, Life & Social Media

[This episode was recorded in January 2020.) My guest today is the lovely Dani Dyer who won ITV2’s Love Island with a landslide 80% of the vote and captured the hearts of the nation. Trained as an actor, Dani has appeared in a number of films, as well as making her stage debut in Nativity! The Musical in 2018. Since leaving Love Island, Dani has raised money for Comic Relief, launched her own successful record-breaking fashion range and and has starred in her own hit reality show with ITVBe.In this episode we discuss Love Island, growing up, her bestselling book What Would Dani Do (out NOW in paperback), and her relationship with social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2023m 56s

#257 Gemma Milne: Are We Being Fooled Online & How Do We Spot It?

My guest today is Gemma Milne, the science/tech writer and author of Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It . Her works have been featured in the BBC, The Times and she is the co-founder of Science: Disrupt – a media outlet covering advances in science startups, research processes and industries such as space, energy, health and advanced computing. She works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers, and is also an advisor to the European Commission and Innovate UK, helping them decide which scientific innovations should be funded with government money. So she's pretty impressive basically.Her book is all about the smoke and mirrors of many different industries, and how we can spot 'hype' and 'illusions' especially online. The book encourages critical thinking, the nuance of conversations and why we should be taught to scrutinise things more. I found her book and this conversation super interesting, hope you do too! xo  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2036m 40s

#256 Vex King: How To Have Good Vibes

Vex King is an author, mind coach and entrepreneur. He experienced many challenges when he was growing up and we talk about this within this episode; his father died when he was just a baby, his family were often homeless and he grew up in troubled neighbourhoods. Vex talks about how he has turned his life around through his popular Instagram account (@vexking) which has become a source of inspiration for thousands of young people. His book Good Vibes Good Life has been on the Sunday Times Bestseller lists for weeks now, and the book discusses things like how to ​practice self-care and overcome toxic energy; ​cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation and finding your higher purpose. ​H​ope you enjoy this episode if you did please do leave a rating or review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2029m 23s

#255 Sophie Walker: Let's Change the World Ourselves

Sophie Walker is a feminist activist, founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party, and recently-appointed chief executive of Young Women’s Trust, the charity representing and supporting women who are living on no or low pay. She is passionate about rebuilding society for and with (extra)ordinary women. You can follow her on Twitter under @sophierunning.Today I'm chatting to Sophie about her new book 'Five Rules for Rebellion' which is an inspiring, five-step journey to incorporating activism into our lives. Featuring stories of new and seasoned activists – including Amika George and Jack Monroe – campaigning on a range of issues from reproductive rights and poverty to the environment and access to education; the book shows us how to see activism not as a series of pitched battles but as a positive, lifelong learning experience. It's all about feeling less full of despair, and more able to channel anger, arm yourself with hope, practise perseverance and connect with others compassionately. She teaches us how we can convert our confusion and impatience into a powerful force for change. Hope you enjoy this episode :) If you did please do leave a review!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2032m 43s

#254 Holly Bourne on Writing Teen & Adult Novels

My guest today is the brilliant author Holly Bourne who started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general 'agony aunt' for a youth charity - helping young people with their relationships and mental health. (TW: This episode discusses rape and sexual assault.)Inspired by what she saw helping young people, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling award-winning 'Spinster Club' series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned 30, Holly wrote her first adult novel How Do You Like Me Now?, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark age, and the book became a Sunday Times bestseller. She now has her second adult fiction book out called Pretending. In one review of Pretending a reader says: "the book deals with trauma and sexual violence, there is also heart and humour throughout the pages". I feel like this sums up a lot of Holly's work - dealing with tough subjects through a lighter touch that makes her stories feel more accessible and real.I hope you enjoy this episode- and if you did please leave a lovely rating or review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2037m 19s

#253 Selina Barker: How To Stay Sane When Working From Home

This episode is dedicated to all things Working From Home with the brilliant life coach Selina Barker. Selina is a life design and career change coach, writer, podcast host, co-founder of Project Love and creator of the Goodbye Hello journal. She is someone who gives very practical advice around designing your day and avoiding burn out so I thought she'd be the perfect guest for this week. She saved the day.Right now she is working on her first book - all about how to break out of the burnout cycle and learn how to thrive in a fast-paced modern world. Due to be published by Octopus in early 2021. If you enjoyed this conversation you can also listen to her every week on the Project Love podcast!In this episode, we dig into how to stay sane when working from home; how to set psychological boundaries when our physical boundaries have temporarily gone, and how to get a new routine on the go. I loved Selina's tips: the permission to unplug, step away from Zoom, setting up morning routines, working a shorter day, having breaks, setting boundaries, how to notice when anxiety is triggering old habits, and being kind to yourself.  If you enjoyed please leave a rating or a review - see you next week! :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2029m 44s

#252 Anna Mathur on Reframing Our Anxiety

My guest today is with psychotherapist and anxiety expert Anna Mathur. I wanted to do a special episode on how to deal with anxiety and anxious feelings, especially circumstantially around what is happening right now with Covid-19 and our daily lives looking very different right now.Anna is passionate about taking therapy out of the therapy room and into general accessible spaces, empowering people to use simple techniques that will help them reframe the way that they think on a daily basis, and she has run hugely popular online courses on Reframing Anxiety - so wanted to bring you an episode with some accessible mental health advice during this tough time we're all going through.I apologise about the audio quality of my side of the conversation, it turns out my mic wasn't plugged into properly, and I am still adjusting to this new set up of remote recording, so I hope you don't mind too much as I think it was a valuable conversation and I loved Anna's tips on how staying calm and staying present during stressful times.Anna's book Mind Over Mother, Every Mum’s Guide to Worry and Anxiety in the First Year is out on May 14th), and here is the link to the Reframing Anxiety course that we discuss within the episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2031m 24s

#251: Samantha Clarke: Life As A Happiness Consultant

*Please note this episode was recorded in early March.* My guest today is Samatha Clarke, an author and Happiness Consultant. She is a teacher of Guardian Masterclasses and lecturer at The School of Life and expert on work happiness, culture and relationships.Whenever I speak to Sam, she always says something that makes me reflect on my work life. She has given me amazing advice in the past on setting better boundaries which has therefore grown my business in turn because I'm less likely to burnout when my boundaries are firm.Sam has just released her first book called Love It or Leave It: How to Be Happy at Work, and she wants her readers to find a way to say goodbye to the dread of Monday morning. This guide is full of vital tips and tools that will help you either Love It and find ways to get more out of the job you have or Leave It by working out the skills you have to offer and identify the steps you need to take, whether that's switching jobs, starting a portfolio career or testing a new business idea.Love It Or Leave It has been described being a book for anyone who is...stuck in a job they hate; thinking about a career change; someone who may have landed their dream job but is struggling with a toxic workplace.Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did, please leave a little rating or review on Apple Podcasts. Thank you!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2029m 15s

#250 Sophia Amoruso: On The Evolution Of The #Girlboss Brand

*Just a little note that this episode was recorded back in January 2020*Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Girlboss, a professional network for ambitious women. Her 2014 New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS, chronicled her early life as well as her experience as the founder of fashion empire Nasty Gal — and it was also adapted into a scripted TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2017. Sophia is also the author of Nasty Galaxy and the Girlboss Workbook. She has been featured on the Fortune 40 under 40, Forbes 30 under 30, Inc. 30 under 30, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business lists, and named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women. in 2016 Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy and in an article on entrepreneur.com Sophia recently said: “In a six-month period, I was on the cover of Forbes, my husband of less than a year left me, and my company went bankrupt -- very publicly. At that time, there weren’t any young female entrepreneurs, or very few, who had experienced the level of crisis or anything like I had. It was a very lonely place to be.”I have really admired Sophia’s honesty over the years and her discussion around public success and public failure and what she’s learned from both. In this episode we discuss all sort of things, the evolution of the #girlboss brand, taking risks as a brand builder, and how her idea of success has changed. If you liked this episode please do rate and review ♡  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2035m 25s

#249 Sharon Horgan: On Writing, Producing & Acting

Today’s guest is the brilliant Sharon Horgan. She is a BAFTA award-winning Irish actress, co-founder of Merman, writer, producer and director, and perhaps best known for her multiple award-winning sitcom Catastrophe, which she co-writes and stars in with Rob Delaney. She was nominated for two BAFTA Awards and won two British Comedy Awards for her BBC show Pulling which she co-wrote and starred in. Sharon co-founded the independent production company Merman which shot the first series of Motherland which was co-written by Sharon and aired on BBC Two to great critical acclaim. Today Sharon is on the podcast to discuss the feature film she’s currently in called Military Waves in which she stars alongside Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is inspired by a BBC factual series about a choirmaster who selects and trains amateur singers while their partners are away serving in Afghanistan. It’s a really feel-good film, with some very touching moments too. Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please do leave a rating or review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/2033m 37s

#248 BONUS: How To Make a Self-Care Podcast (with Forever35)

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! When I was in LA earlier this year, I did a little podcast swap with one of my favourite podcasts across the pond called Forever 35 at Kate's house in sunny California. It’s hosted by friends and writers Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer who dive into the self-care practices that we all text our friends about — from which serums they’re using right now to finding a great therapist, navigating the challenges of friendship, and what they’re making for dinner. No topic is off-limits, and Doree and Kate get into it with humour, honesty along with great guests. It’s one of those podcasts I listen to if I’m travelling solo, having a bath or want something comforting on in the background.So I hope you enjoy this little bonus episode. We recorded at Kate’s house and had a natter. We discussed everything from starting a self-care podcast, beauty, feminism and why Kate has decided to quit Twitter. And if you want more, I appeared on their podcast too, so check out my episode on the Forever35 podcast, we discussed everything from making a podcast into a business to solo travel to mental health practices when working freelance.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2027m 54s

#247 Chidera Eggerue: Prioritise Your Pleasure

Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower is the best-selling author of What A Time To Be Alone (Hardie Grant 2018) which has sold over 50,000 copies to date. The book is an empowering call to arms for women everywhere to claim back themselves and focus on the benefits of singledom. In February 2020 Chidera released her follow up book ‘How To Get Over A Boy’ (Hardie Grant 2020) another empowering manifesto and guide to dating men.Chidera is featured in Sunday Time’s 2019 Top 100 Influencers list, Buzzfeed’s ‘Top 30 Black Girls to follow on Instagram’ and the Dazed 100 list. In 2018 Chidera was awarded Cosmopolitan’s ‘Changemaker of the Year’ award.In this episode we discuss her opinions on modern day feminism; how to put yourself first, and how to get the life you deserve by prioritising your own pleasure.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2033m 34s

#246 Frankie Bridge: An Open Book

My guest today is Frankie Bridge, best known as one fifth of 'The Saturdays'. Frankie has been really open about her mental health issues over the years and has been an ambassador for MIND after opening up about her experiences of anxiety, depression and panic attacks, following her hospitalisation in May 2012. Having initially dealt with these issues in silence, Frankie has been keen to support MIND in making sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Recently, she's been a key player in helping to launch the MIND partnership with Heads Together, as well as lending her support to Time to Talk Day. Frankie launched her first podcast series OPEN MIND focussing on mental health in 2019 and which debuted in the top ten podcasts upon release. I hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please do leave a rating or review. <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/2040m 6s

#245 Rana Foroohar: The Rise of Big Tech

Rana Foroohar is an author, Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst, writing and investigating into how today’s biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds. I really wanted to do an episode on Big Tech - aka FANG - Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google). How tech has changed and how it's changed us. Her book Don't be Evil looks into how big tech has lost it's way over the past two decades. Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access to these topics—won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology—Foroohar tells the story of how giddy idealism turned to greed, how a world where “information for free” became one in which we, the users, are the product being monetized, and how the “democratized” internet we were promised can threaten the very fabric of our democracy. In her book she lays out a plan for how we can resist and slightly rebel against tech. I wanted to ask that question: can we rebel against tech now or are we just too embedded? I hope you enjoy this fascinating episode. If you enjoyed, please do leave a rate or review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/2029m 18s

#244 Ann Napolitano: From 80 Rejections To A Global Bestseller

Today's guest is New York Times Bestselling novelist Ann Napolitano. In this episode we are discussing her new novel Dear Edward. Unlike a lot of big new titles publishing in 2020, this isn’t the big debut push. Dear Edward is Ann Napolitano’s third book, her first novel was rejected 80 times, and her second novel hardly sold. And yet Dear Edward is set to be one of 2020’s biggest new novels. I absolutely loved this book. Here's the blurb: one summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 191 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons, bickering over who gets the window seat. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor. Dear Edward depicts Edward's life in the crash's aftermath as he struggles to make sense of the meaning of his survival, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and find his place in the world without his family. I really recommend buying this book and loved chatting to Ann about writing fiction. Please do rate and review if you enjoyed :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/2034m 8s

#243 Ruby Warrington: What Does It Mean To Be "Sober Curious"?

Ruby Warrington is a lifestyle writer and former features editor of the UK's Sunday Times Style. In 2013, she created The Numinous, an online magazine that bridges the gap between the mystical and the mainstream. I wanted to invite Ruby onto the podcast to discuss her bestselling and hugely popular book Sober Curious which has been described as a bold guide to choosing to live hangover-free.Drawing on research, expert interviews, and personal narrative, Sober Curious is a radical take down of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame free, Sober Curious is both conversation starter and handbook essential reading that empowers readers to transform their relationship with alcohol, so we can lead our most fulfilling lives. As you'll see from our conversation there is a nuance to the sober curious movement, it's not that you can never drink again, nor is it a book necessarily for anyone with a problem, it's really for anyone who wants to be more curious about their drinking habits. Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please do rate and review on iTunes!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/2043m 30s

#242 Kiley Reid: When Fiction Does What A Thinkpiece Cannot

CORRECTION: In the intro I said Kiley Reid has written 'a number of novels and stories'. Such A Fun Age is actually her DEBUT novel. Apologies for this error.Kiley Reid is a New York Times Bestselling writer, earning her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a fellowship award and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Kiley has written a book of short stories but her DEBUT novel Such a Fun Age is a very big book for 2020. The story is about a babysitter called Emira and her white employer Alix. This book is about race and the messy dynamics of privilege.Here's some of the press it's picked up already:Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Pick for January 2020The Sunday Times One to WatchA Times Best Book of 2020A Stylist Best Book of 2020A New York Times Book to WatchA Vogue Best Book of WinterA Marie Claire Best Book of Winterif you liked the episode please don't forget to rate and review :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/2029m 17s

#241 Gillian Anderson: TV, Time Out & Trying New Things

My guest today is the wonderful Gillian Anderson. You might remember my episode from two years ago when Gillian came on the podcas as a guest with her friend and co-author Jennifer Nadel; they wrote the bestselling book We: The uplifting manual for women seeking happiness.Today, Gillian is back in the Ctrl Alt Delete studio. She doesn't really need an introduction but I will do it anyway! She is the award-winning film, television and theatre actor who achieved international recognition for her role as ‘Special Agent Dana Scully’ on the AmericanTV series THE X-FILES. Gillian won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for the series. She has tons of other brilliant television credits and earlier this year Gillian starred in Netflix’s hit series SEX EDUCATION and will return to play sex therapist, Jean Milburn in the second series out now. Gillian is currently filming THE CROWN, where she will join the cast in season 4 as UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.Gillian has also collaborated with WINSER. After a successful first collection last Autumn, she has collaborated again with Winser London’s design team again to create her second womenswear capsule collection for the brand, which includes a unique fundraiser jumper featuring a design of her lips with 20 percent of sales going o Gillian's chosen charity, @womenforwomen which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Gillian’s collection is now live online at winserlondon.com.We spoke about turning fan art into charity merchandise, dipping a toe into another industry, trying new things, being a homebody, how TV has changed since the 90s, mental health anxiety, living with chronic pain and the joy of being in bed by 9. I love this quote from the episode:'It should be become so natural for people to talk freely [about mental health] without it making headlines. It's still in the press slightly mocked in headlining it. Ultimately, it should be discussed as easily as what we eat for breakfast. The majority of human beings on this planet do struggle with some form of fear, anxiety, depression and there are constant contributors in our world that are making those numbers grow." I hope you enjoy this episode, I absolutely loved recording it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2035m 6s

#240 Sarah Ellis (Part 2): Confidence Gremlins & Squiggly Motherhood

Today's guest is Sarah Ellis who spent the first part of her career working in Marketing & Corporate Responsibility for brands including Boots, Barclays and Sainsbury's. She co-founded Amazing If - as a side-hustle - with her friend Helen Tupper. They describe their path as being accidental entrepreneurs and they recognise that the world of linear and predictable career ladders are disappearing. Instead, careers are now much more 'squiggly', where changing roles, industries and careers frequently and fluidly is becoming the new normal. Together they wanted to help everyone to develop the skills to succeed in a squiggly career in a way that is useful and relevant for today's world of work. Sarah has an MBA with distinction from Warwick Business School and has studied at both London and Harvard business schools. In this episode we discuss confidence gremlins, getting comfortable with disagreements, and the highs and lows of motherhood. This is part two of our Squiggly Career conversation, check out part one if you haven't already!I deffo recommend getting a copy of the Squiggly Career! It's a fantastically helpful book. You can also listen to their weekly podcast 'Squiggly Careers' - I've also been on as a guest recently. If you liked this episode please do rate or review so others can find it :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/2030m 29s

#239 Sarah Ellis (Part 1): Embrace The Squiggly Career

Today's guest is Sarah Ellis who spent the first part of her career working in Marketing & Corporate Responsibility for brands including Boots, Barclays and Sainsbury's. She co-founded Amazing If - as a side-hustle - with her friend Helen Tupper. They describe their path as being accidental entrepreneurs and they recognise that the world of linear and predictable career ladders are disappearing. Instead, careers are now much more 'squiggly', where changing roles, industries and careers frequently and fluidly is becoming the new normal. Together they wanted to help everyone to develop the skills to succeed in a squiggly career in a way that is useful and relevant for today's world of work. Sarah has an MBA with distinction from Warwick Business School and has studied at both London and Harvard business schools. This part one of our Squiggly Career conversation, check out part two next week!I deffo recommend getting a copy of the Squiggly Career! It's a fantastically helpful book. You can also listen to their weekly podcast 'Squiggly Careers'. If you liked this episode please do rate or review so others can find it :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2026m 56s

#238 Lucy Sheridan: The Comparison Cure: Be Less ‘Them’, More You

Today's guest is with Lucy Sheridan, the world's first and only comparison coach. She has helped thousands of people go from compare and despair to #ComparisonFree, and now she has condensed all of that insight and knowledge into her new book The Comparison Cure. Lucy came on Ctrl Alt Delete a few years back to talk about her passion in breaking down comparison triggers and it was so great to catch up again and to promote her brilliant book. The book is for anyone who has struggled with comparing yourself to others, which of course it a totally human thing, but sometimes it needs a bit of attention if/when it starts to take over your life. Lucy has a three-step tried and tested methodology to help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence (#1 recognise the symptoms; #2 start practising the remedies; and #3 keep your good new habits going), you will soon be able to let go of procrastination and start living a comparison-free life. Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we're living in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2032m 24s

#237 Emma Forrest: Writing & Transcendental Meditation

Today's guest is with Emma Forrest, one of my favourite writers of all time. She has published three novels, an essay collection and the memoir Your Voice In My Head, one of my favourite memoirs on mental health ever. She also recently wrote and directed her feature debut, Untogether. Today we're here to discuss Emma's new novel ROYALS which out now - which was a Radio 2 Book Club Pick and A Grazia Book of the Year.Royals has been described as devastating, dazzling, queer and radical, and a love story between unlikely friends from completely different worlds. It's about the power of art to transform lives and the power of families to destroy them. It's about working out who you are and what you want. It's a tale of giddy happiness, crushing lows and, ultimately, the fragility of lives lived too fast.I loved chatting to Emma about her career and creativity - if you like this episode please do leave a rating or a review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1933m 5s

#236 Rachel DeLoache Williams: My Friend Anna, The Scammer

My guest today is Rachel DeLoache Williams,Vanity Fair photography editor and now author of My Friend Anna: The True Story Of The Fake Heiress Of New York City. One of TIME magazine's must-read books of 2019.This book is the true story of Anna Delvey through her friend Rachel's eyes -- someone you might have read about in the news, the fake heiress whose deceit and elaborate con-artistry deceived the Soho New York scene before her lies were dramatically exposed. This is Rachel's story who is still dealing with the consequences of being so betrayed.The pair met through mutual friends, and became inseparable. But after Anna’s debit card was declined in a Morocco whilst on holiday in a five-star luxury resort, Rachel began to suspect that her increasingly mysterious friend was not all she seemed.This book has been called Catch Me If You Can meets Gossip Girl with Instagram filters. Between Anna Delvey, Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland (Anna even tried to scam Billy) and Elizabeth Holmes, whose start-up app duped the high and mighty of Silicon Valley, 2019 seems to have be the year of the scammer.Hope you enjoy this interview with Rachel and please do leave a rating or review if you did!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1927m 2s

#235 Ayesha Hazarika: on Online Tribalism & Multi-Hyphening

Ayesha Hazarika is a columnist, journalist, comedian and broadcaster who is known for her insightful and witty opinions and observations on current affairs and politics. Having started her career as a stand-up comedian in comedy basements across the country, she then took what she thought was a natural diversion into politics as a Special Adviser for the Labour Party, helping politicians on their speeches, media and policy as well as heading up initiatives on topics such as Women and Equality.  In 2018, she took her new show Girl on Girl – The Fight for Feminism on tour across the UK including a week’s run at the Soho Theatre which followed a successful two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show looked at the current state of feminism with humour and honesty and tackled topics such as Weinstein, #MeToo and Kavanagh as well as looking at the medias obsession with pitting women against women.In 2019, Ayesha took over as Editor of The Londoner, the Evening Standard’s Daily Diary section, plus she writes a popular weekly column for the Evening Standard as well. She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to political service. She was such a brilliant guest, I really enjoyed this conversation - we spoke about refusing to be put in one box, her fascinating career, and how she makes it all work. Please rate or review if you liked it <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1942m 59s

#234 Emily Weiss: On Building Glossier

My guest today is the wonderful Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, who, after cultivating a passionate community on her website Into The Gloss, saw an opportunity to create a new beauty experience that celebrates and speaks to the customer directly. Founded in 2014, Glossier is a digital-first beauty company with a mission to give voice through beauty. Glossier has a "skin first, makeup second" philosophy, Glossier creates modern essentials (skincare, makeup fragrance, body) that intuitive, easy-to-use, and don't hide or cover you up. Since launching, Glossier has introduced 36 products, opened two permanent stores (NY and LA), brought temporary retail to over 6 cities, raised $186 million in venture capital funding, and has welcomed 3 million customers the Glossier community. I recently popped into the NYC flagship store which averages 50K visitors per month and it was buzzing. They have also this year brought temporary retail to Miami, Seattle, Boston, and Austin. Most recently, they've opened Glossier London, on 13 Floral Street in Covent Garden - definitely go and check it out and top on your Boy Brow and Milk Jelly Cleanser!It was a really highlight having Emily on the podcast, hope you enjoy this conversation and her insights! If you did please leave a rating or a review - thanks! x  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1938m 36s

#233 Eva Chen: On Building A Brand On Instagram

Today's guest is one of my most requested — it's Eva Chen! Instagram’s head of fashion partnerships. She's an avid user of Instagram herself with over 1 million followers and works closely with representatives from across the fashion industry to strategise different ways of storytelling on a platform that is becoming absolutely key for fashion labels and retailers.In this episode I chat to Eva about The Instagram Edit pop up shop at Selfridges in London which is open now - I went along after interviewing Eva at Instagram HQ and it was a really fun experience — getting to browse an Instagram feed IRL. The pop-up is a curation of eight loved fashion, jewellery, beauty and homeware brands that were born and built on Instagram — including Amme London, Atelier Stella and The Frankie Shop. As part of this campaign, Instagram has also taken over one of the iconic Selfridges Christmas windows, partnering with a 3D artist Antoni Tudisco.We talk about how Instagram has always been a great place to discover businesses of all sizes and also support smaller independents — after all 90% of people now follow a brand on Instagram.So why not go check out the pop-up? If you can’t get down to Selfridges in person, you can also buy the items featuring in The Edit through the @Selfridges Instagram grid, by tapping on the shopping bag icon on the pictures and videos. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Eva about the future of all things Instagram, why they are trialling hiding 'likes' and Eva's inspiring career backstory.if you liked it please leave a rating/review, it really helps the podcast grow!(ps: this episode was arranged by the team at Instagram, but it is not paid for or sponsored.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1934m 25s

#232 BONUS: How Do We Make Work Better? (with Investors In People)

My guest today is Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People. Paul Devoy has been heading up Investors in People since 2011. Paul led the buyout of the organisation from UK Government ownership into it becoming a Community Interest Company in 2017. In a previous life Paul was Head of Organisational Development at the Scottish Prison Service and during his time there all prisons in Scotland were awarded Investors in People accreditation. This podcast is all about finding a career you love and making pivots along the way, so it was a joy to chat to Paul about the work Investors in People are doing. Their products have made work better for over 11 million people across 75 countries since 1991. They are a community Interest Company, for purpose not profit. Most of us will spend 80,000 hours at work in our lifetime. For something that takes up that much of our time, Investors in People think people should get more out of it than just a pay cheque which I totally agree with. They help organisations put people first by turning them into communities and by bringing brilliant people closer together, it helps retain the talent within the company.Moving away from Government has allowed Investors in People to significantly redevelop and expand their products, and now they offer various accreditations as well as a free platform that supports organisations to focus more on people. In this episode we discuss the problems in the workplace today, what makes us truly happy at work, and what managers and bosses can do to make positive change.To find out more check out investorsinpeople.com/ to find out more on how to make work better. **This is a paid partnership**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/1926m 20s

#231 Elaine Welteroth: On Quitting Your Job & Carving Out A New Path

Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, judge on the new Project Runway TV show and now author of memoir More Than Enough. I quoted her in my book The Multi-Hyphen Method because she is a thriving multi-hyphenate who I often looked to as an inspiration along the way. She was most recently held the iconic position of editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue -- where she in 2017 became the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief and in 2012 had been the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine. She’s now a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of change-makers and she is one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix. In this episode we discuss her career pivots and her brilliant book. if you liked it please rate / review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1934m 23s

#230 Jennifer Pastiloff: On Hearing Loss & Listening For A Living

Jennifer Pastiloff travels the world with her unique workshop On Being Human which now also a self-help memoir published by Penguin Random House. Her workshops are a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing aloud, tears, and the occasional dance party. She has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, CBS News, and others for her unique style of teaching. She has taught thousands of women in sold-out workshops all over the world and recently lead a sold-out workshop with previous Ctrl Alt Delete guest Elizabeth Gilbert in Philadelphia. She is also the founder of the online magazine The Manifest Station and @nobullshitmotherhood on Instagram. Jen and I found each other somehow on Instagram and I knew this would be a really interesting and honest conversation because the way Jen lives her life is fascinating and she makes her own rules which I love. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Please do rate and review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1935m 50s

#229 Jamie Bartlett: The Missing Cryptoqueen

Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net, Radicals Chasing Utopia and People vs Tech. He is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. His Ted Talk on the Dark Net is fascinating and definitely worth a watch. He also writes on technology for the Spectator, the Telegraph and for several other publications on how the Internet is changing politics and society. In 2017, Jamie presented the two-part BBC Two documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. And the reason we are speaking today is because I have recently become totally addicted to his new podcast The Missing CryptoQueen, a gripping BBC Sounds podcast that has been at the very top of the iTunes charts for weeks now. Warning: there are spoilers in this episode! So what is the Missing Cryptoqueen about? It is a podcast uncovering the mysterious story of Dr Ruja Ignatova who persuaded millions to join her financial revolution, a new cryptocurrency called One Coin. Then she just totally disappeared off the face of the earth. Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt have made a podcast trying to track her down and present a story of greed, deceit and herd madness. The weekly episodes are addictive and get stranger and stranger. I emailed Jamie one weekend after binging the entire thing asking him to come onto this podcast to chat, and I really enjoyed it! if you did too, please do consider leaving a review, and definitely go and listen to The Missing Cryptoqueen if you haven't already.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1936m 45s

#228 Marie Le Conte: Gossip, Power & Politics

Marie Le Conte is a journalist living in London. She was previously the Evening Standard's political diarist, BuzzFeeds' media and politics correspondent and went freelance in June 2017. Since then, she has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines and has also appeared on the Today programme, Newsnight, Chatham House, and the House of Commons.She was named one of MHP's 30 To Watch, and Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018. Her first book is out now called Haven't You Heard? where Marie looks at the role of gossip in politics - the whispers and tittle-tattle that play out in all areas of politics - from the MPs and their advisers, the press who cover them and the civil servants in the middle of it all. From policy rows which aren't about policy at all and boozy nights with dramatic consequences, to people spinning their way to the top and dark secrets never seeing the light of day, Marie explores in great and entertaining detail the human side of the people running the country against a backdrop of political mayhem.It was really interesting to chat about the way politics is covered in the British media and why people are still so interested in Westminster gossip. Tune in, and please do leave a review if you liked it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1932m 6s

#227 Dawn O'Porter: Is Anyone's Life As Perfect As It Looks?

It's been a Dawn O'Porter themed week! I hosted Q&A event with Dawn at Foyles which was so fun, we then recorded the podcast, and then her launch party!Dawn is the author of 6 books including the award-winning YA books Paper Aeroplanes and Goose, her first adult novel The Cows was a Sunday Times Bestseller and her latest book "SO LUCKY" is totally fantastic. The novel is about three women and how life really isn't as perfect as it looks. Ruby is feeling like she's failing as a mother and woman, Beth is in a sexless marriage and online influencer Lauren is not telling the truth on Instagram.We talk about writing fiction, finding inspiration and the power of saying no and quitting something that is making you miserable. If you enjoyed this chat please do rate/review!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1929m 58s

#226 Scarlett Curtis: It's OK To Feel Blue

Scarlett Curtis is a 23 year old English writer, journalist, and blogger. She is the curator of the Sunday Times Bestseller and National Book Award winning Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & other lies; a collection of essays by 52 women on what feminism means to them, published by Penguin in 2018. She is contributing editor at The Sunday Times Style and has had work published in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue and more. In 2017 Scarlett co-founded The Pink Protest; a feminist activist collective committed to helping young people take action online and IRL. To date they have been a part of campaigns that have changed two laws; a bill to help end period poverty and a bill to get FGM into the Children’s Act. Scarlett’s second book It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue & other lies will be published by Penguin in October 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1934m 50s

#225 Leandra Medine Cohen: Love, Life & Turning 30

Leandra Medine Cohen is my guest today! The author and founder of Man Repeller, a fashion website with a unique voice and concept. Manrepeller's whole thing is about trends that women love and men hate, but it's also the way Leandra combines fashion with humour.I have been following Leandra and her work since 2013 (when she released her first book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls) so I am thrilled to have sat down with her all these years later. I went to the Man Repeller HQ in New York, and I also did an event with her the following day and got to meet some amazing Man Repeller readers. Thank you Leandra, for being so welcoming! Leandra attended College at The New School for Liberal Arts in New York, and then had a fact-checking job at New York Magazine. She then started Man Repeller in 2010. Today, Man Repeller clocks millions of page views a month and she has collaborated with a long list of fashion brands and retailers, including Mango (new collection out now) Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon and others. She really is fascinating, and I hope you enjoy this episode!!!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1934m 24s

#224 Helen Whitaker: How To Find The Time To Write When You're Busy AF

Helen Whitaker is a journalist and author living in London. She was formerly the Entertainment Director of British Glamour. Her day job now is currently Deputy Editor of High Life magazine and she writes books in her spare lunch hours, evenings and any free time she has around parenting. We discuss finding the time to write (or work on any side project) when you just feel like you have NO time. We also chat about her brilliantly observational and funny debut novel The School Run which came out this year, and her new novel that is on the way soon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/1927m 14s

#223 Marie Forleo: Figuring Stuff Out & Dealing With Trolls

Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, writer and online coach. She has been named by Oprah as 'a thought leader for the next generation'. I first discovered Marie's work via her award-winning online show, Marie TV and podcast where she interviews inspiring creatives such as Brene Brown. She is the founder of B-School, an online business school and she has mentored young business owners at the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. MarieForleo.com is one of Forbes magazine's Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs, a fantastic free online resource. Today on the podcast, we are discussing her New York Times bestselling book 'Everything Is Figureoutable' - a phrase and attitudinal discipline that activates your spiritual and emotional strength. It's a rallying cry to tackle impossible tasks, heart-breaking challenges and daring dreams.Everything is Figureoutable will give you the courage to act in spite of your fears, the confidence to start and complete meaningful projects and the conviction to keep going - no matter what. Hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/1941m 34s

#222 Jess Phillips MP: Truth To Power

Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician and MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. An alumna of the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham. Prior to becoming an MP, Jess worked within the charity and community sectors and was selected to be the Victims’ Champion for Birmingham, working with police and support groups. Her new book Truth To Power is out NOW. Her previous works include Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth which was shortlisted for The Parliamentary Book Awards in 2017. In this episode we talk about standing up for yourself, the brave case studies in Jess's book, and why Jess believes silence will not save you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1931m 27s

#221 Susan Wokoma: Life On and Off Stage

Today's guest is the brilliant Susan Wokoma, an actor and writer. Best known for comedies such as Crazyhead on Netflix, Year of the Rabbit and Chewing Gum, Susan can be seen next year in both the feature film Enola Holmes (starring alongside Millie Bobbie Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and Fiona Shaw) and the new Amazon comedy Truth Seekers also starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Susan is also a seasoned stage actress having work in theatres such as the Royal Court, Bush Theatre, Almeida, and The Royal National Theatre. This summer she played the iconic role of Bottom to rave reviews in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Susan will next appear on stage in ‘Teenage Dick’ this December through to next feb at the Donmar Warehouse in London.As a writer Susan is currently developing 3 tv shows and is currently writing a feature film with BBC Films called ‘Three Weeks’ - a comedy drama about abortion. Susan’s short film Love The Sinner (which also stars her longtime friend Daisy May Cooper, co-creator of This Country) will be screened at London Film Festival this month.  Susan is also a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast. She was a member of The National Youth Theatre as a teenager before going on to train at RADA. We discuss acting, stand up, finding yourself and why it's OK to say out loud that you love what you do.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1936m 59s

#220 JP Watson: The Art of Crowdfunding A Book

PRE-ORDER SABOTAGE HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-six-emma-gannon/descriptionMy guest is JP Watson, a writer, editor and the founder of The Pound Project, an independent publisher based in Birmingham. I've been following The Pound Project since pledging for previous books launched on the platform: including Jordan Stephens, Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. JP started the company from a simple premise: is a good story worth something? I am really excited to announce that I have a launched a special limited edition pocket-sized book, with the Pound Project called Sabotage. It's a book all about a topic close to my heart (self-sabotage!) and in the book I investigate my own relationship with it and ask some experts too. Why do so many of us succumb to its temptation. Procrastination, jealousy, negativity, guilt: how can we overcome the obstacles that keep getting in our way? It's the evil stepsister to imposter syndrome and I couldn't find much on the topic so I decided to write something myself.So why did I partner with JP and the Pound Project?JP believes that reading and writing are incredibly valuable, and he set up an affordable, sustainable, democratic platform where content is paid for (starting from just £1) where writers receive an equal share. How does it work? To get involved and back SABOTAGE you pay just £1 if you want to read or hear my piece online. Or, if you would prefer it in print, for a mere £5 we will send you a beautiful pocket-sized book. You can also get signed copies, tote bags, t-shirts and personalised content if you want to invest a little bit more. Importantly, all of the company's output is made using ethically sourced and environmentally friendly materials. The company only produces what it is sells for a limited time while campaigns are live. Nothing is wasted.It all contributes to a movement dedicated to the power of storytelling.For more info and to back the current project, head to www.poundproject.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1934m 26s

#219 Emma Barnett: The Politics of Periods

Emma Barnett is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. By day, she presents The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live in which she interviews key figures shaping our times, from the Prime Minister to those who would very much like to be. By night, she presents the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, on BBC Two and hosts Late Night Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Emma was named Radio Broadcaster of the Year by The Broadcasting Press Guild for her agenda-setting interviews. Previously, she was the Women’s Editor at The Telegraph. She now writes a weekly agony aunt column, ‘Tough Love’ in the Sunday Times Magazine and is a proud patron of Smart Works. 'Period' is her first book and we discuss all the ins and the outs. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1935m 17s

#218 Lotte Jeffs: The Art of Soft Power In A Harsh World

My guest today is Lotte Jeffs - author, journalist and previous acting Editor of ELLE magazine. She writes for a wide variety of publications including The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian covering topics from fashion and style to sexuality and gender to social trends, memoir, and observational humour pieces. As well as writing award-winning columns, she writes colourful and newsworthy celebrity interviews and has in the past two years written cover profiles of Kristen Stewart, Karlie Kloss, Lana Del Rey and Victoria Beckham, to name a few.Her new book How To Be A Gentlewoman: The Art of Soft Power in Hard Times is out now and in this episode we discuss book writing, failure and career pivoting.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1937m 17s

#217 Alain de Botton: Life As A Process

Today's guest is Alain de Botton, which is very exciting, I've been a huge fan of this work for years.He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. He started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love  was published when he was twenty-three and went on to sell millions of copies.He is also the co-founder of the brilliant The School of Life, a platform and in real life space in London dedicated to a new vision of education, emotional intelligence and self-knowledge. It shows us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve. I really recommend checking out the youtube channel, it's an incredible resource of inspiration and I always come away having learned something new. The School of Life's latest book, published on September 2019 is a collection of essays, titled The School of Life: An Emotional Education.I hope you enjoy this episode as I much as I enjoyed recording it - thanks for tuning in each week!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1938m 2s

#216 Rhik Samadder: Life Writing & Truth Telling

Today's guest is Rhik Samadder: a writer, actor and broadcaster. He has a regular column with The Guardian and created their cult ‘Inspect a Gadget ’ feature. He has written for The Observer, Men’s Health and Prospect magazine, as well as being a guest, presenter and host on various radio shows. Rhik studied acting at Drama Centre London and appeared on HBO, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 (credits including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Doctors) as well as a lead role with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this episode we discuss his bestselling debut memoir I Never Said I Loved You which is out now. Please rate and review if you enjoyed it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1926m 36s

#215 Chelsea Kwakye: On Taking Up Space

Chelsea Kwakye is the author of the book Taking Up Space co-authored with author and friend Ore Ogunbiyi. She is also a history graduate from Cambridge University and Taking Up Space tackle issues of accessibility, unrepresentative curriculums, race and discrimination within university spaces. This is the second title from #Merky Books, a partnership between Penguin and Stormzy, who has also announced that he is funding two Cambridge scholarships for black students in the UK. Whilst at Cambridge, Chelsea was the only black girl in her year group of around 200 people studying History, making it a very difficult environment to navigate - this is what we discuss in this episode of the podcast. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for her training contract with a city law firm in London starting in 2020. She is one busy woman. Hope you enjoy this one and as usual please leave a rating or review if you enjoyed it. <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1935m 13s

#214 Sofie Hagen: Comedy + Boundaries

Today's episode is with Sofie Hagen, a voice you many recognise from many of your fave podcasts, including The Guilty Feminist when it first launched. She also hosts her own brilliant podcasts Made of Human, Secret Dinosaur Cult and Comedians Telling Stuff. First and foremost though, she is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author of the book Happy Fat, a fat activist and a blogger. She has been named one of British comedy's most exciting talents, as well as the winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, and her show this year The Bum Swing and has had rave reviews.If you missed her show in Edinburgh, then you can still catch it at The Soho Theatre 10th - 14th September, and the rest of the tour!Go see it and buy her book! Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did, please do rate and review on iTunes :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/1924m 55s

#213 Leah Hazard: Burnout In The NHS

Today's guest is Leah Hazard, bestselling author and a NHS midwife. We recorded this episode on a sunny day in Edinburgh, in a lovely brand new suite in the Market Street Hotel - so a huge thank you to them for kindly letting us use it to record!Leah studied at Harvard and then left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah’s second daughter prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery.Her book Hard Pushed is a Sunday Times bestseller published by Penguin. Her book paints a realistic picture of what happens behind the scenes in labour wards, and informs the reader on the many different roles midwives take on. Leah explains why the midwives we often see on TV or in pop culture sometimes create a simplistic and unhelpful impression of what actually goes on. In this episode we mainly talk about her book and the important topic of burnout within the NHS. Please rate and review if you enjoyed it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1931m 36s

#212 Lauren Mahon: The Story Of Girl Vs Cancer

Lauren Mahon ​is a b​roadcaster, presenter, writer, influencer​,​ charity campaigner​ and founder of Girl vs Cancer. She is a co-host ​of the​ number one iTunes podcast You Me & The Big ​C, a podcast all about ​​'kicking cancer’s arse​'​ on BBC 5Live​ with Deborah James. Lauren won this year’s Inspirational Founder Of The Year award at the Stylist LIVE Retail Awards and the Triumph Award at the Inaugural Stylist Remarkable Women Awards 2019​.​In the last two years, ​s​he has masterminded the design and distribution of a range of boobie emblazoned slogan t-shirts aka TIT-TEES, raising over ​60​,000 for her chosen charities, culminating in a special collaboration with Miss Selfridge. She has featured on BBC Breakfast, Stand Up To Cancer and The One Show, talking to millions of television viewers about her life experiences; from cancer, to dating, to fashion and everything in between. Hope you enjoy listening to Lauren's inspiring story. Check out Girl Vs Cancer here: https://girlvscancer.co.uk/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/1930m 22s

#211 Otegha Uwagba & Polly MacKenzie on Self-Employment, Managing Your Money & Mental Health (Recorded LIVE with NatWest)

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. This episode is a special live recording in partnership with Natwest (#ad). I recently featured in a video with NatWest and Refinery29 looking at the challenges the modern workforce faces, with a spotlight on finances. We discussed mental health, late payments and how to prepare to quit your job. So this time I wanted to ask two very knowledgeable people their thoughts on these topics. Recorded Live with Natwest at RocketSpace in London, Polly, Otegha and I discussed some of the insights from the early stages of a piece of research NatWest and Demos have been undertaking into the financial lives of the modern liquid workforce. The aim of the research is to identify what changes or solutions the financial services industry could make to improve the financial lives of people like myself and I’m sure many of you listening to this podcast. The 'liquid workforce' is an umbrella term for a variety of jobs that don’t fit the 9 – 5 (I hadn't actually heard of it before) consisting of gig-economy workers, partial-freelancers and different types of self-employment. In many ways it's a great time to be going it alone, running a side-hustle or working flexibly, but there's also many challenges we still face as our working lives and working cultures continue to change and evolve. This is particularly true as some sectors are still slightly behind the curve in catering for us, be that childcare services, housing or banking. In this episode I chat to Otegha Uwagba (founder of Women Who and author of forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money) and Polly Mackenzie (CEO of Demos and founder of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems). Hope you enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/1934m 2s

#210 Liz Ward: Do You Want To PIVOT?

Liz Ward is a personal/business coach with over 12 years experience developing and mentoring high performing individuals, from entrepreneurs in the start up world to people in corporate management roles. With a background in brand, digital and business development, her career history includes the rebrand of the Millennium Dome to The O2, then London 2012 Opening Ceremony campaigns and global digital strategy for spirits giant, Bacardi-Martini. After a case of severe burnout, Liz pivoted her career in 2013 and left the 9-5 corporate world. She led marketing and product strategy for disruptive tech startups and then launched Slick Pivot in 2016, a new mission to help people to pivot their careers and businesses for more happiness and growth. Liz now helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs get good at change and supports their pivot journeys through one to one coaching, team workshops, and events. Whether that is quitting that 9-5, starting that business and developing the right mindset for success. "The common theme for these pivotal moments is that they all started with a feeling of pain or something needing to change."We have ALL had those moments where we realise we want to make a change, for me it was quitting my job three years ago to write my books and do this podcast, but it can be really hard to make such big decisions and craft a plan.I loved chatting to Liz and hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/1932m 54s

#209 Jehane Noujaim: On Her Netflix Exposé of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

This week's guest is Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, who alongside her husband Karim Amer, directed the new Netflix documentary THE GREAT HACK which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It's out now, and the Guardian has already given it five stars.The documentary uncovers the dark world of data exploitation online. It follows the personal stories of some key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Carole Cadwalladr from the Guardian who has spend years investigating, Brittany Kaiser who went from interning on the Barack Obama campaign to working on the Cambridge Analytica Trump campaign. It's informative, entertaining with some pretty scary revelations. Even if you know a bit about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it's fascinating to see the people behind it, and their individual motivations. Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. People and companies everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we click the yes box on the T&Cs on social media apps? It is available to watch now on Netflix, I recommend a viewing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1924m 48s

#209 From The Archives! Alice Levine from My Dad Wrote A Porno

While I am on a very short podcast hiatus, I hope you don't mind that I will be re-posting some of my favourite episodes from over the three years. This is A VERY old episode!! (I'm back with a bang in August!) Alice Levine is one third of the MEGA hit My Dad Wrote A Porno, author, and television/radio presenter. In 2013, Alice joined BBC Radio 1 to host a weeknight slot and in 2014 she left to present a solo weekend afternoon show as well as being cover presenter on weekdays for shows such as Greg James and Scott Mills. She is also one of the co-presenters of incredibly successful podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno which has reached 150 millions people, as well as releasing a book of the same name which came out this year. Levine hosted Big Brother’s Bit on the Side as well as occasionally being one of the actual voices of ‘Big brother’ herself, which included talking to housemates in the diary room and announcing tasks and news to the housemates. She was voted “Best On-Screen Female” at the National Student Television Awards in 2008, and has presented backstage coverage at The BRIT Awards. She is also one half of the food duo Jackson & Levine hosting supper clubs in London, has a food column in ELLE magazine and her food book came out in 2017. LOVE HER. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/07/1927m 20s

#208 From The Archives! Lucy Sheridan: On Social Media Comparison

While I am on a very short podcast hiatus, I hope you don't mind that I will be re-posting some of my favourite episodes from over the three years. (I'm back with a bang in August!) This episode was a popular one, with Lucy Sheridan: the world’s first and only Comparison Coach.Lucy is an author and life coach who specialises in her helping her clients get over the ~compare and despair~ that can be heightened via social media (*cough* Instagram)She has a new book coming out called the Comparison Cure, and it is out in December 2019 so get pre-ordering. it's packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this empowering book is the necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we're living in.The Times’ calls Lucy “one of the UK’s most successful coaches”, she was also recently listed in the Sunday Times Style in an article called “Meet The New Wellbeing Coaches”, and she’s been featured on Oprah’s ‘Life Class’ series multiple times.In this episode Lucy and I discuss what our own personal comparison triggers are, what to do when *you’re* the trigger for someone else’s comparison, online mental health, and setting your own personal and professional boundaries. I’m proud to be sharing this very honest episode on comparison, and I hope you enjoy it!You can find Lucy Sheridan here proofcoaching.com or on Instagram @lucysheridan <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/1932m 0s

#207 From The Archives! Will Young: On Setting Boundaries

While I am on a very short podcast hiatus, I hope you don't mind that I will be re-posting some of my favourite episodes from over the three years. Here is my episode with the brilliant Will Young. We all know Will from this Pop Idol success back in the noughties -- I was a fan then and I am now too -- but now for a different reason: his new podcast with his friend Chris Sweeney called HOMO SAPIENS. They describe it as “two gay guys talking to people we think are interesting” and were heavily inspired by BBC’s Woman’s Hour. Each weekly episode tackles a diverse mix of LGBTQ+ subjects He’s been nominated for an Olivier Award and was also nominated for the Guardian Pride Power List 2017.Subscribe to Homo Sapiens on iTunes or Acast. Hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/1945m 37s

#206 Elizabeth Gilbert: The Weather Forecast In Our Minds

My guest today is the incredible Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my biggest inspirations​ of all time​. I turn to her work whenever feeling a bit lost. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic and The Signature of All Things (plus many others). Big Magic is the book I recommen​d​ to anyone struggling with a creative project. It is really practical, fun and helps creatives understand how to work alongside fear.Elizabeth's NEW book is already a #1 bestseller and is called City Of Girls, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person. We discuss all sorts: the weather forecast in our minds; how being a relaxed women (not a strong women) is a radical move; why we should check in which people more often; how creativity changes everything (and us) and how to break the habit of negative self talk. Hope you enjoy this one :)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/1934m 58s

#205 Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley: How To Let It Go

Dame Stephanie Shirley ​is tech pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She also goes by the name "Steve" which she used to sign business letters to potential clients when they were not responding to her.​ If you haven't already, go and watch her Ted Talk it is funny and moving and super interesting to hear what it was like being a woman in tech during the 60s.In 1939 ​Steve arrived in ​B​ritain unaccompanied​, a​s child refugee during the war, and​ when she was 29​ she started what became her multimillion-pound IT software consultancy, from which she made a £150m fortune - on her dining room table with £6 in 1962​. ​She retired in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropic work, since then she has given away at least £65 million via her charity Shirley Foundation. She continues to give to a range of causes including autism research, a cause she was drawn to through her late son Giles who had autism.​ Her Damehood in the Millennium honours was for services to IT.​She was awarded the Order of Companions of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2017.Aged 85 she remains married to her first husband Derek.In this episode, we talk about her brilliant memoir Let It Go. In this episode we talk about workplace misogyny, making money, resilience, giving back, and why it's importance to keep learning.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/1923m 59s

#204 Scott Harrison: From Nightclubs To Social Entrepreneurialism

*Please go to charitywateruk.org/emma*My guest today is Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Thirst.Really excited for you to hear Scott's story behind setting up this incredible charity that has now raised more than 360 million dollars, provided over 9.5 million people with clean, safe drinking water.and funded over 35,000 water projects in 27 countries.Scott set up Charity Water in 2006, having seen the effects of dirty water firsthand. The organisation set out on a big mission, to bring clean water to every person living without it, and an even bigger vision - to reinvent charity with an innovative 100% model and radical transparency, proving every single water project funded.And I'm SUPER excited to also share that I am doing a Charity Water fundraiser for my 30th birthday. I am 30 this week!so if you enjoy this podcast, I'm asking you for a small gift for my birthday, to go to charity water...it would absolutely amazing if you could do this one small thing and donate to my fundraiser. You can give anything. Go to charitywateruk.org/emmaWhy am I asking you to do this?​  Over 600 million people in the world are still living without clean water. Every day, about thousands of children die from diseases caused by unsafe water. It's not okay. But we can all do something to help.What I love about charity: water, is that 100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, they will send us photos and GPS ​link so we can see the exact community we helped and the water points they build.Just a reminder that it's charitywateruk.org/emmaHope you enjoy listening to this episode and thank you so much in advance!!!​  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/1942m 3s

#203 Dustin Lance Black: On Storytelling & Building Bridges

Dustin Lance Black is my guest today! Lance has been named as one of the 50 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in America for the last decade. He is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker, writer, and social activist. He won the Oscar and two WGA Awards for his screenplay MILK, the biopic of activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn. He was also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia. Lance's memoir MAMA’S BOY is out now, an absolutely incredible book, aboutgrowing up in a conservative Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas. The book is about his relationship with his mother, Anne, who sadly contracted polio when she was two years old and endured many surgeries throughout her life. Lance came out to his mother at twenty-one, and Mama's Boy explores what it took to remain a family despite such division of belief. Mama's Boy is the story of building bridges, of family, foundations, turmoil, tragedy, elation, and love. It is a story needed now more than ever. There is so much more I could say about Lance, but most of all, he was so lovely, and warm and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and going to his home in London to record. <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/1936m 37s

#202 Jess Pan: Living As An Extrovert For A Year

My guest today is Jessica Pan, author of Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously. This is an incredibly funny and frank book all about how Jess decided to drastically change her life for a whole year. An introvert by nature, she decides to live like an extrovert for a year with the help of some experts and mentors along the way. She embraces some horrors. She takes on a series of challenges: improv, a solo holiday, public speaking and talking to strangers on the tube. Jess reports back, and it's laugh out loud, but also rather inspiring.We talk about getting out of our comfort zones, how talking to strangers actually makes us happier, how at a certain age we lose friends and how to make new ones and much more. Hope you enjoy this one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/1936m 5s

#201 Emma Dabiri: Don't Touch My Hair

Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer. She has been listed as one of the BBC’s broadcasting stars of the future, and one of The Observer's 2019 rising stars. ​​She is also a columnist for The Dublin Inquirer and is one of the BBC's Expert Voices. She has also had work published in a number of academic journals and newspapers​ and her​ work crosses African Studies, art, sociology and history. She is​ also​ a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS.Today we are discussing her debut book Don’t Touch My Hair published by Penguin​. A book about why black hair matters.​ Stylist magazine recently said "Pulled together with meticulous research, Don't Touch My Hair is an unmissable read by a writer who's set to become a household name​." We discuss body image, beauty standards, colourism, growing up and why she wrote her book.​I hope you enjoy this episode and please don't forget to leave a rating or a review on iTunes - it really helps!​  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/1937m 52s

#200 Poorna Bell: In Search Of Silence, Not Self-Help

Poorna Bell is award-winning journalist of 15 years and a digital expert having worked as UK Exec Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for Huffington Post. She currently writes for Grazia, The iPaper, The Guardian, Red magazine, and Stylist. She was recently named one of Balance magazine’s top 100 wellness personalities, a Stylist magazine Rising Star, a judge for the Mind Media Awards and British Book Awards, plus so much more.Her debut non-fiction book Chase The Rainbow (Simon & Schuster) came out last year; a moving memoir about how Poorna's life was affected —but not defined—by the suicide of her husband Rob. Ariana Huffington said about the book: ‘Chase the Rainbow is a game-changing book. Poorna Bell’s moving account of the pressures on modern men could be a life-saver." Poorna's second book In Search Of Silence is out now, all about her deeply personal journey which asks us all to define what 'happiness' truly means to each of us. In this episode we discuss the inspiration behind this second memoir, her wariness of self-help books, and what she's learned along the way.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/1946m 0s

#199: Philippa Perry: The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

Philippa Perry is an author, psychotherapist, factual presenter for radio and television and someone I've been a fan of ever since I read her book called How to Stay Sane back in 2012. After volunteering with the Samaritans, Philippa trained as a psychotherapist and worked in the mental health field for several years before writing her graphic novel, Couch Fiction which lays bare the process of psychotherapy, published in 2010. Philippa is also an agony aunt for Red Magazine and contributes to The Guardian. She has presented several documentaries including The Truth about Children Who Lie for BBC Radio 4, Being Bipolar for Channel 4 and How To Be A Surrealist with Philippa Perry for BBC Four.Her most recent book, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), was a number one Sunday Times bestseller - a book all about what really matters and what behaviour it is important to avoid - the vital dos and don'ts of parenting.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1932m 44s

#198 Rachel Cargle: Instagram, Activism & White Privilege

My guest today is the hugely inspiring activist, writer, and lecturer Rachel Cargle. I recorded this episode at The Wing in New York, which was fun. I first came across Rachel's work on Instagram. She was recently on Red Table Talk a US roundtable show streamed on Facebook and hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith and Rachel's clip on white privilege went viral, and I really wanted to spread her message on this podcast. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms now have a community of over 250k people which have grown pretty quickly since one of her signs at the Woman's March in 2018 went viral.  Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world. She is one busy woman, currently teaching and attending Columbia University where she is studying anthropology and women's studies. I am thrilled we got a chance to sit down and talk, hope you enjoy the episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1933m 0s

#197 Elizabeth Day: The Myth Of Shiny Success

Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She has written 4 critically aclaimed novels, including The Party which was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick. Elizabeth is a currently columnist for You magazine on the Mail on Sunday and a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the Observer, Vogue, Grazia, Elle, The Pool and Vanity Fair. Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right. Every week, in a one-on-one interview, a guest discusses what they have learned from failure. Interviewees have included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lily Allen, Alastair Campbell and Dolly Alderton. Her book How To fail, based on the podcast, is out now, a brilliantly honest memoir about celebrating the things that go wrong.We talk about personal writing, success 'triggers', fertility, friendship, failures and why your own definition of success is super important.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1939m 56s

#196: Candice Carty-Williams On Writing and Promoting "Queenie"

Candice Carty-Williams is an author, culture writer and journalist based in London. Her book Queenie came out recently in the UK and US, about a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London called Queenie Jenkins, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. Oprah has called it 'brazenly hilarious" and it's been called The Black Bridget Jones. She writes regularly to i-D, Refinery29, BEAT Magazine, and more, and her pieces, especially those about blackness, sex, and identity have been shared and read globally. Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, before moving to Vintage Books. We discuss writing Queenie, the universal topics within it, how to get published and why you should proactively ask for criticism, however hard that might be.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1934m 16s

#195 Anna Newton: How To Streamline Your Life (LIVE in Brighton)

My guest today is the brilliant Anna Newton (aka @TheAnnaEdit) who is an award-winning online content creator and author. Her first book, the life organisation manual ‘An Edited Life’, was published in January 2019. She is the Millennial Marie Kondo in my eyes. She resides by the sea in Brighton, and this episode was recorded at the Komedia as part of Brighton's First Podcast Festival. It was really fun to record with a live audience with a local Brighton resident! She has fronted her blog and YouTube channel ‘The Anna Edit’ since 2010. Her blog is ranked as the 5th biggest in the world in the lifestyle category and she’s been featured in Grazia, Stylist, YOU, Metro and The Guardian. She co-hosts the chart-topping podcast, At Home With… , alongside fellow blogger Lily Pebbles and has collaborated with brands such as Space NK, Estée Lauder and Selfridges. We chatted about how to streamline your life online and offline; why it pays off to have less stuff; how to say no more and how to make day-to-day life that little bit more manageable.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1928m 47s

#194 Mrs Hinch: How To Hinch Yourself Happy

Today's guest is Mrs Hinch (real name Sophie Hinchliffe) who became an overnight sensation by sharing her cleaning tips and tricks on Instagram last year, growing from 1k to 1m followers in six months. She's now at 2 million with no sign of slowing down. Her witty and entertaining Instagram Stories are part advice, part entertainment and absolutely brilliant.  Sophie coined the term 'Hinching' making cleaning genuinely a lot of fun, and she's opened a conversation about how cleaning can be quite relaxing and much needed 'me time'.Her book Hinch Yourself Happy is out today (on the day of this podcast release) and is packed with lots of tips to help shine your sink and soothe your soul. Hope you enjoy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/1929m 29s

#193 Sarah Thompson: Taking On The Male-Dominated Skate World (California Innovation Tour #6)

My guest today is a slightly different one. It’s with Sarah Thompson, a 21 year pro-skater in Huntington Beach who I interviewed on International Women’s Day 2019. She campaigns for helmet safety and raises awareness of head injury after two serious consecutive concussions in 2017. No one had warned her about it or told her what to do if it happened. In the male-dominated skate community it's not "cool" to wear a helmet so Sarah wants more people to make sure they wear one. A few weeks before this interview Sarah also broke her pelvis and is recovering before a skate competition in Sweden.You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes but I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one!For more information on things to do Huntington and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and surfcityusa.com, both have loads of information and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes!Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1917m 34s

#192 Caroline Kepnes: On Writing 'YOU' (California Innovation Tour #5)

My guest today is bestselling author Caroline Kepnes. I first met the amazing @carolinekepnes in 2016 when I first interviewed her about her books YOU and Hidden Boddies aka "the Joe books". In 2017 we met up again and the casting had began for YOU to be a TV show on Lifetime! Then, Netflix wanted it too and now 40 million people have now watched it. I chatted to her about this crazy year, her books, her career and her life in LA.You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes that I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one!For more information on things to do LA and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com, both have tones of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes.Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1930m 25s

#191 Erica Williams Simon: How To Avoid Activist Burnout (California Innovation Tour #4)

Today's interview is with Erica Williams Simon (we recorded it at The Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood). She is the host of one of my favourite interview podcasts The Call, hosted currently on the Man Repeller website. She is a full blown multi-hyphenate: head of the Creator’s Lab at Snapchat, podcast host, author of the forthcoming book You Deserve the Truth, published in May, which unpicks the lies we are constantly told. Prior to that, she worked in politics in Washington, leading Generation Progress among other roles, and was named one of POLITICO’s youngest Top 50 To Watch. We talk about why California is a great place to be an activist, what she knows about burnout and how her family have shaped her.Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete.You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes but I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one!For more information on things to do West Hollywood and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com, both websites have tones of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes.Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1928m 58s

#190 Taylor Jenkins Reid: A Hollywood Special (California Innovation Tour #3)

This episode is with Taylor Jenkins Reid, recorded at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood, all about her new book Daisy And The Six (one of the most hotly anticipated book for 2019). It's a novel all about the rock-scene in California in the 70s. Excitingly, Reese Witherspoon's company @hellosunshine is turning it into an Amazon TV show. We talk about her love for Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, how she defines success, how she writes a book a year, how she went from casting assistant in Hollywood to author, how her friends inspired her to write after reading her funny long emails, and how our career shouldn't be the only definition of success.I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests.Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers andpioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one!For more information on things to do West Hollywood and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com both websites have tons of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes!Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1949m 14s

#189: Dr Megan Jones-Bell: How To Invest In Yourself (California Innovation Tour #2)

This episode is with Dr Megan Jones Bell, the Chief Science Officer at Headspace. I went to go to the Headspace HQ in Santa Monica and it was just as cool as I’d imagined. Megan's work is all about making mental healthcare more effective, more affordable, and more accessible while changing the culture around mental health and wellness. This conversation is about why she moved to California and all the exciting stuff Headspace is going, plus tips on welcoming more mindfulness into your life.This episode is in collaboration with Visit California. I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one!For more information on things to do Santa Monica and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, it has really in-depth travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes.Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1927m 32s

#188 Ruth Whippman: What *Actually* Makes Us Happy? (California Innovation Tour #1)

I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special mini-series for Ctrl Alt Delete. I first started working with Visit California a few years ago, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series which we’ve called ‘The California Innovation Tour.”There is something about the place that keeps drawing me back: the positive mind-set of the people who live there, the laid-back lifestyle, the incredible diversity and beauty of the landscape and so much more. For years California has been the inspiration for songs, films, and novels, as well as the birthplace of emerging trends, from the tech world and fitness and health. So together with Visit California I got to meet a handful of incredible minds to cover these topics. Megan Jones-Bell from Headspace, bestselling thriller author Caroline Kepnes, happiness expert Ruth Whippman on happiness, activist Erica Williams Simon - just to name few.If you’ve been following my Instagram (@emmagannonuk) you’ll see that I spent the first two weeks of March road-tripping around California. I started in the Bay Area with a few days in San Francisco and Oakland, where I met some of the series’ guests that you’ll hear from, before travelling down the coast to LA and then onto Huntington Beach for International Women’s Day. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series.This episode is with Ruth Whippman, and we recorded it in a room at Hotel Zephr on Fisherman’s Wharf. The Sunday Times has called Ruth: "A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson"and she is a writer and cultural critic from London, now living in the California. She writes for the New York Times. She is the author of America the Anxious (US edition) /The Pursuit of Happiness (UK edition). Her book is about when Ruth moves to California, and notices that there is an American obsession with finding happiness - and she unpicks why this is and why chasing constant happiness might not be the answer.For more information on things to do San Francisco and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, it has really in-depth travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration.Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcastThanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes!*This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1932m 10s

#187 Jameela Jamil: A Revolution Against Shame

My guest today is the brilliant Jameela Jamil ​who first ​burst on to the broadcast scene in 2008 as co-host of Channel 4’s Freshly Squeezed and T4. In 2013 she became the first female solo presenter of Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show​ and was an award-winning columnist too.​In 2016 Jameela made her move to the US, where she was cast​ to​ ​play the role of Tahani on NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE. The show has won both an AFI Award​, ​a Critics Choice Award​ and even nominated for a Global Globe.In 2018 she launched a movement and social media platform called @i_Weigh which encourages people to feel empowered​, refuse to be shamed​ and be appreciated beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognised by both media outlets and has almost half a million followers on Instagram. It's growing rapidly and she is turning it into a company.Hope you enjoy this episode. I really love following Jameela online for her apologetic campaigning while also taking time to listen and learn from those around her. Do follow @i_Weigh on Instagram for more info - they've also just launched a brilliant new IGTV interview series with the first guest Sam Smith. See you next week!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/1947m 14s

#186 Steve Bartlett: Business, Brands & Burn-Out

Steve Bartlett is the 26-year-old CEO of Social Chain Group - a global, social-first marketing agency and production house. He first built his business from his bedroom in Manchester after dropping out of university and he now runs the group’s two flagship companies - Social Chain and Media Chain which continue to grow, now with an office space of almost 300 people.​ He is also as a speaker, investor and hosts the podcast 'Diary Of A Ceo'.We chat about the influencer world,​ how marketing can shrink your soul, ​how to grow a business from scratch, what to do if your parents don't get what you do/ if your family don't support you, the problem with the 'you can do whatever you want" mentality, and why millennials are burning out.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1937m 44s

#185: WIRED's Vicki Turk: On Digital Etiquette

Vicki Turk is a senior editor at WIRED magazine, working across print and digital. She has just written a book called Digital Etiquette all about modern manners. It's described as 'an indispensable guide to minding our manners in a brave new online world.' In this episode we discuss how to email better; how our friendships have changed and the future of technology. Digital Etiquette is out now, published by Penguin, in all good bookshops.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1932m 4s

#184: Aminatou Sow (Part 2) Shine Theory And Why Do Men Not Listen To Female Podcasts?

This episode with brilliant Aminatou Sow was recorded live with an audience at WNYC's The Greenespace event space in New York. This episode includes the recorded audience Q&A in which Aminatou explains what 'Shine Theory' is (and how she came up with it); why men don't seem to consume female podcast content, and why reading the Harvard Business Review is a feminist move. ICYMI: make sure you check out part one (episode #183) which is the FULL interview! <3  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/1917m 15s

#183 Aminatou Sow: On The Future Of Tech & Imposter Syndrome (LIVE from The Greenespace in New York)

Thrilled to bring you today's guest, one of my favourite New York-based podcasters, Aminatou Sow! She is a true multi-hyphenate: a digital strategist, writer, influencer, co-host of wildly popular podcast 'Call Your Girlfriend' and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. She was recently named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in tech. This episode was recorded live at WNYC's The Greenespace in New York City! Huge thank you to the team at WNYC for making this happen: Clemency Burton-Hill, Cameron Thompkins, Chase Culpon and Jennifer Sendrow and everyone at New York Public Radio. I had such a brilliant evening! Part two will be uploaded soon, which includes the audience Q&A. What a special evening. We discuss tech, mental health, imposter syndrome and how we all need to get better at rooting for ourselves (and we should trust nobody.)Quotes from this episode that I love:- "The truth is, no one knows anything."- "Patriarchy is a scam. Whiteness is a scam."- "Everybody lies about being an expert."- "You should trust yourself more, and other people less."- "Your podcast doesn't need to be perfect."- "Young people are idiots. We live in a culture of 30 under 30, or 5 under 5 or whatever."- ​"​There is no shame, there is truly no shame in needing help.​"​​- "We've never at a president who's been open about mental health. you have the worst job in the world and you're telling me you don't get a little bit depressed?"- "I hope we can get to a point where the people who represent us in politics actually understand how technology works. They're still figuring out how to attach pictures to email, and the rest of us are getting eaten by robots."- "Instead of saying 'why does that person have that??' think 'how do I get that for myself?"  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/1949m 43s

#182 Sara Tasker: On Building A Six-Figure Business At Home

My guest today is Sara Tasker. Photographer, writer, business coach and author. She left her NHS day job six years ago to take a leap into the unknown to turn her passion for the Internet into a business. Now, three years on, she's been awarded runner up for Natwest’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and won Content of the Year in the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards in April 2018. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, Buzzfeed, Stylist Magazine, Mother & Baby and on BBC Radio 4.She has a podcast called Hashtag Authentic, and now she also has a book with the same name, out now, with so many incredible pieces of advice on how grow and build your own online platform with specific tips on Instagram.She lives in rural Yorkshire with her husband and her daughter, Orla. Her website (meandorla.co.uk) is her online journal; a record of thoughts, revelations, recipes, shopping lists and opinion pieces.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/1926m 27s

#181 Felicity Jones: On Playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today's guest is the brilliant actor Felicity Jones, known for her previous roles in The Worst Witch, Spiderman 2, Rogue One and The Theory Of Everything which won her an Oscar nomination. Her newest role is playing the "Notorious RBG" Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex which is out now.As the Guardian said recently on RBG: "At 85, she remains one of the few progressive hopes on what’s set to become an increasingly Trumpian supreme court and after the documentary RBG was a surprise box office hit this summer, timing couldn’t be better for its narrative counterpart."Ginsburg was one of the few female lawyers at Harvard and her professors were awful and sexist to her. She worked so hard and then became one of only female justice on the Supreme Court and the gender-based laws she has changed means we can live the lives we do, so many parts were deeply moving: her relationship with her daughter, her supportive loving husband. She has spent her life fighting for social radical change and demanded laws be updated. I definitely want to try and channel even 0.1% of her levels of determination. The script was written by RBG's nephew Daniel Stiepleman and it was directed by Mimi Leder. I recommend you going to see it immediately!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/1924m 8s

#180 Ellen Page: On Speaking Out & Standing Up For Yourself

Today's guest is the brilliant actor and activist Ellen Page. She first acted age ten, and at 17, she was cast in the 2005 movie Hardy Candy. It won praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year." She has appeared in X-Men, the 2007 film Juno (in which she was nominated for an Oscar), Inception, and the amazing LGBT movie Freeheld, starring alongside Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, and many other films. Ellen is now starring in the Netflix Original Series 'The Umbrella Academy'. The eccentric new series is set in 1989, where 43 women around the world suddenly find themselves 9-months pregnant and immediately give birth. The inexplicable phenomenon piques the interest of an eccentric, reclusive billionaire named Reginald Hargreeves, who sets out to adopt as many of these babies as possible. He ends up gettingseven of them—seven children with extraordinary abilities who form a family of superheroes.THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY will be released globally on February 15th in the UK.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/1929m 28s

#179: Dolly Alderton: On A Very Busy And Exciting Whirlwind Year

Dolly Alderton returns to Ctrl Alt Delete, again! 2018 was quite the year for Dolly with the release of Everything I Know About Love, which stayed in the Sunday Times bestseller chart for 32 weeks. She also won the Specsavers National Book Award Autobiography of the Year Award was one of six authors shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award. Her book is out in paperback today (go buy it!), and she is celebrating the opening night of the launch with book tour, starting at the London Palladium, performing to an audience of more than 2000 people. It also sold out within 24 hours. She’s a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, and her own podcast The High Low and Love Stories continues to grow in popularity.Dolly has been on this podcast twice before and I am thrilled to have caught up with her again for this episode reflecting on her whirlwind year. We talk about how to carve out time to write; online dating; supporting other women and the crazy success of her book.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1940m 47s

#178 Sarah Knight: How To Give Less Of A F*ck

My guest today is Sarah Knight, the New York Times Bestselling author of the "No Fucks Given Guides". Before writing and releasing her own books, she spent 15 years as a top editor, working with authors such as Gillian Flynn and Jessica Knoll. In her books, she gives tough love and honest advice on setting goals, boundaries, mental health, making big decisions, and getting organised. Her book was called The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck, then Get Your Shit Together, then You Do You. Her fourth book, all about dealing with anxiety called Calm The Fuck down.We talk about her decision to quit her publishing job, why she moved to the Dominican Republic, how to say no, how to stop comparing and why you shouldn't care what about people think.Some favourite quotes from the episode:"Marie Kondo's books are about unburdening yourself from ~stuff~ - I thought, 'I could do this for your mind.'""I just don't care if people don't like me. I think I'm pretty awesome.""I'm the pied piper of not giving a fck""I'm not out here advising anyone to be assholes or sociopaths, I'm just saying it's OK to live your life the way you want to live it.""If you are choosing to punch yourself in the gut each morning by looking at stuff [online] that makes you feel bad about yourself, then stop doing it. I have very little patience for that kind of self-sabotage."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/1930m 20s

#177 Richard E Grant: On His Career, Spice World & The Oscars

Today's episode is with the brilliant Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant. He is best known for his roles in Gosford Park (2001), Withnail & I (1987) and Hudson Hawk (1991) and my personal FAVE Spice World: The Movie (1997). He has worked with some of America's greatest directors, such as Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.He will appear in Star Wars in 2019 in a currently undisclosed part. In this episode, we chat about Richard's part in the fantastic film Can You Ever Forgive Me? where he plays the real-life character Jack Hock alongside Melissa McCarthy which has earned him an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as winning a New York Film Critics Circle Award. The film is based on the book of the same name by Lee Israel and well worth a read.Apologies that this episode is a little shorter than usual, but I hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1917m 35s

#176 Poppy Jamie: On Being Happy, Not Perfect

My guest today is the brilliant Poppy Jamie, a wellbeing entrepreneur, TED speaker and founder of two popular brands Happy Not Perfect and Pop & Suki. This episode was recorded LIVE in London as part of #HereForYouLive with Twinings to celebrate the Twinings SUPERBLENDS range. I’m so pleased to be partnering with Twinings, my favourite tea brand! Thank you to everyone who attended the live event #HereForYou LIVE on 21st Jan in London’s Marylebone, and for contributing to the Q&A. I had a wonderful time and hope you did too. In this episode we discuss mental wellbeing, the power of small breaks, how to deal with Internet overwhelm and how to stay more grounded and grateful each day, with lots of practical tips from Poppy. Hope you enjoy this episode. *This episode is sponsored by  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/1930m 36s

#175 Bella Mackie: Why You Should Jog On

​Bella is a freelance journalist from London. She has written for The Guardian, VICE and Vogue among other publications. In 2017, she wrote a brilliant piece on being happy being single at the age of 30 for Vogue. This year, she wrote the hit bestseller "Jog On: How Running Saved My Life" and she married BBC breakfast host Greg James.In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This book will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track – no matter how small those first steps may be. We discuss running, mental wellbeing and how to help a friend who is struggling.Hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/1938m 16s

#174 Rachel Khoo on Cooking & Confidence

My guest today is the lovely Rachel Khoo - chef, food writer, broadcaster and founder of Khoollect which she describes as "a creative studio based in London and online community celebrating inspiration found in unlikely places".At 26, Rachel left her London job working in PR to move to Paris and learn to bake and follow her gut (and heart). According to The Times, she contacted Penguin with the idea for the Little Paris Kitchen cookbook in 2012, which has since gone on to be translated into 12 languages, which also led to a BBC Two series, pulling in almost 2million viewers. She's just released her sixth cookbook, called The Little Swedish Kitchen and Rachel is currently filming her eighth television series. She co-hosts Zumbo’s Just Desserts which aired in during summer 2016 and is now screening around the world on Netflix.In this episode we talk about her interesting career path, why she loves living in Sweden, her newest cook book The Little Swedish Kitchen and why it's OK to be proud of your work and be different.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/1930m 33s

#173: Caroline O'Donoghue on Reclaiming The Word 'Chick-Lit'

Caroline O’Donoghue is an Irish author, musician and podcaster living in South London. In this episode we chat about her brilliant novel Promising Young Women. She is a Contributing Editor for The-Pool.com where she has also worked previously as a writer and social media editor, and is now a columnist for The Times Ireland, and has written for Glamour, Grazia and Buzzfeed, among others. She also co-hosts the podcast School for Dumb Women and her new podcast called Sentimental Garbage which is a show dedicated to discussing romance fiction or commercial women’s fiction. Caroline’s debut novel, Promising Young Women, was published by Virago in 2018 to rave reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018 for 'Newcomer of the year'. The paperback of Promising Young Women is coming out on March 7th this year so make sure you pre-order your copy now.In this episode we talk about novel writing, #MeToo, the importance of nuanced conversation, how she presented the internet within her novel and why thinks it's important that we all reclaim the term 'chick lit'.Her second novel will be published in 2020. Having followed her work online for years it was so nice to sit down and chat. Hope you enjoy this one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/1944m 45s

#172: Joanne McNally: On Comedy, Political Correctness & Storytelling

The comedian Joanne McNally is one of my favourite new discoveries from the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She burst onto the Irish comedy scene in 2014 and in less than a year became the co-host on RTÉ 2’s flagship comedy show Republic of Telly, co-wrote and starred in the stage show Separated At Birth a comedy about her adoption and performed sold out solo stand up shows all over Dublin. She's been nominated for multiple Dublin Fringe Festival awards including Best Performer and Best Production and been a guest on many late night TV shows.Now, she's signed with famous comedy management Off The Kerb, and moved to London! We sat down in her offices to have a chat about everything, from how she got into comedy, how she finds inspiration for her shows, how to handle tough crowds, and her struggles from body image to break ups.I love this episode and hope you do to!Quotes:"i don't want to be very PC. I'm not a worthy comic. I'm not trying to make a massive point about anything. I just want to have a good time, and I want my audience to have a good time.""I have earnest fatigue." "i don't want to be one of those tragedy tourists who are just constantly rolling out their sad stories to get likes."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/1941m 14s

#171 Bruce Daisley: How To Fall Back In Love With Your Job Again

Bruce Daisley is the European Vice-President at Twitter and host of the business podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat.  He has been one of the Evening Standard’s 1,000 Most Influential Londoners for four years and is one of Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain. according to Campaign magazine Bruce is ‘one of the most talented people in media’. He's just written a book 'The Joy Of Work: 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again' comes out in January on Blue Monday.He is obsessed with making work better. He's dedicated his last few years to chatting to the leading experts in workplace culture - and using evidence to find a way to improving it.It's a practical, uplifting, helpful book all about making the workplace a bit better, which is important considering we spend so much time there.We discuss:- The story behind 'Love Where You Work' signs inside Twitter HQ- The power of laughter at work- Why 'crisp Thursday' is genius- Why you should cut all meetings in half- We discuss this piece "Why ‘Do What You Love’ Is Pernicious Advice https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/08/do-what-you-love-work-myth-culture/399599/ - The importance of boredom when it comes to creativity Quotes:'I'm convinced people don't read books, so I made 30 things. If all that happens is that someone is rips out one chapter and gives it to their team then it's been successful. Arm people with facts.""In truth, most people in work are probably more exhausted than they'd like to admit."'if you look at the science, if you are stressed, you can't be creative.""Unlike the iPhone, no one is going to unveil the new version of work""50 hours a week is all that human brain can do."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1853m 10s

#170: Deborah James: F**k You, Cancer.

The amazing Deborah James is a campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, which takes listeners through every twist and turn, showing how you can still live your life and be yourself with cancer.Deborah was a deputy head teacher before at the age of 35, being diagnosed with bowel cancer and her life with her young children and husband was thrown upside down. She’s had 4 major operations including bowel and lung resections and multiple rounds of chemo – and is still undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden. She started a blog called 'Bowel Babe’ to debunk the myth that young women don't get bowel cancer and writes a weekly column for the Sun online, "Things Cancer Made Me Say". She campaigns alongside major UK cancer charities, writes and presents the popular podcast ‘You, Me & the Big C’ for BBC’s Radio 5 Live, and has a built up a strong following on Instagram, please follow her: @bowelbabe.Debora's book 'F**k You Cancer' is out now, an inspiring cancer guide that encourages you to shout #F*CKYOUCANCER.I found this episode so inspiring and moving and informative and I hope you do too.You can find Deborah on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bowelbabe/Her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Cancer-face-still-yourself/dp/178504205XPodcast 'You Me & The Big C": https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0608649  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1846m 56s

#169 Selina Barker: Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

My guest today is the brilliant Selina Barker who is a life design coach, author of the Goodbye Journal, and co-founder of Project Love - a mission to help busy women to create lives and relationships they love.Over the past 12 years she has coached the brightest minds and talent from Google, Apple, UN Women and MySpace, A-list musicians and leaders in the creative and music industries, helping them to create lives, careers and businesses that they can thrive in.Over the past 5 years her focus has been on Project Love with her business partner, Vicki Pavitt. It is a go-to platform for people looking for heartfelt, practical guidance on love and life. they offer a mix of online courses, coaching and life design tools, including the Goodbye Hello journal. with is one of my favourite journals and we discuss it in detail on the podcast. It helps you reflect and look ahead in the best possible way.Through a series of questions and exercises, you’ll be guided to get clear on the life you want to live in 2019, the dreams you want to bring to life and a simple plan for how you’re going to make it all happen. Your Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 will then become your guide for designing a life you love in 2019, with quarterly check-ins to help you keep on track throughout the year.Hope you enjoy this episode with Selina.Here's all the links you need to stay in touch with Project Love!https://loveprojectlove.com/https://thegoodbyehellojournal.comhttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/project-love-podcast-show/id1131056164?mt=2https://www.instagram.com/loveprojectlove/I love this quote from Selina: “Designing your life is about putting yourself as a top priority, not always THE most important thing, but a top priority.”Whether you’re a first time listener or OG listener please take a few seconds to rate and review – means I can carry on making this as it boosts me in the charts etc!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/1838m 16s

#168: Alex Loizou (Cofounder, Trouva) On Shopping Small

Today's episode is with the brilliant Alex Loizou, co-founder of Trouva. Trouva is one of my absolute favourite online sites that helps you to shop independently and access a huge range of brilliant shops all over the UK. Trouva helps independent fashion retailers find online customers and drive them to physical stores. Thank you to iZettle for sponsoring this episode!With Black Friday having just happened and Christmas just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to celebrate independent shopping and chat to Trouva about the future of retail.According to an interview in the Evening Standard Trouva is an "antidote to chain-dominated, identikit high streets and busy, hard to navigate websites". The team curates unique gifts, fashion and homewares only found in independent shops. In this episode we discuss future of shops and tech, how the high street isn't dead, the importance of sustainability and the power we ALL have as consumers.This episode is brought to you by iZettle, their mission is to help and fight for small independent businesses in a world where the giant businesses are taking over. iZettle cuts down the barriers of entry to take part in the economy by offering innovative, easy-to-use and affordable tools to meet small business needs. You should definitely check them out.So, here is the episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1827m 25s

#167 Daniele Fiandaca: On Masculinity, Diversity & Creativity (Dropbox Series Part 4)

I am very excited to bring to you a mini series of four episodes in partnership with Dropbox around the topics of creativity and collaboration. As you know on this podcast I interview interesting creatives about the internet, their work, and how to get more done in less time. Dropbox is a collaborative platform for teams, enabling creativity through their product suite of tools which helps team's all over the world stay in flow and move work forward.In these four special episodes, I interview the co-authors of Creative Superpowers, a book published by Penguin about re-learning key traits often forgotten from childhood, such as adaptability, curiosity, empathy and fearlessness by the authors Laura Jordan Bambach, Scott Morrison, Mark Earls and Daniele Fiandaca. Each author shared some fascinating stories and anecdotes with me, and have some seriously wise advice about how to live a more creative and fulfilled life. I felt super inspired after chatting to each of them and I hope you do too.In this episode I speak to Daniele Fiandaca - we discuss gender diversity, being the 'token man', building inclusion in the workplace, how to make sure you are connecting with people outside your social bubble, how to connect with others and the tools used to build a new initiative.*This episode is sponsored by Dropbox*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1829m 11s

#166 Mark Earls: How Creativity Can Solve Difficult Problems (Dropbox Series Part 3)

I am very excited to bring to you a mini series of four episodes in partnership with Dropbox around the topics of creativity and collaboration. As you know on this podcast I interview interesting creatives about the internet, their work, and how to get more done in less time. Dropbox is a collaborative platform for teams, enabling creativity through their product suite of tools which helps team's all over the world stay in flow and move work forward.In these four special episodes, I interview the co-authors of Creative Superpowers, a book published by Penguin about re-learning key traits often forgotten from childhood, such as adaptability, curiosity, empathy and fearlessness by the authors Laura Jordan Bambach, Scott Morrison, Mark Earls and Daniele Fiandaca. Each author shared some fascinating stories and anecdotes with me, and have some seriously wise advice about how to live a more creative and fulfilled life. I felt super inspired after chatting to each of them and I hope you do too.In this episode I speak to Mark Earls how creativity can solve difficult problems. We discussed tips and tricks on rewiring your brain to get you look at things differently, plus tools and practical tips from Mark’s long and successful career as a creative.*This episode is sponsored by Dropbox*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1825m 11s

#165: Scott Morrison: How To Lose The Ego And Make Great Things (Dropbox Series Part 2)

I am very excited to bring to you a mini series of four episodes in partnership with Dropbox around the topics of creativity and collaboration. As you know on this podcast I interview interesting creatives about the internet, their work, and how to get more done in less time. Dropbox is a collaborative platform for teams, enabling creativity through their product suite of tools which helps team's all over the world stay in flow and move work forward.In these four special episodes, I interview the co-authors of Creative Superpowers, a book published by Penguin about re-learning key traits often forgotten from childhood, such as adaptability, curiosity, empathy and fearlessness by the authors Laura Jordan Bambach, Scott Morrison, Mark Earls and Daniele Fiandaca. Each author shared some fascinating stories and anecdotes with me, and have some seriously wise advice about how to live a more creative and fulfilled life. I felt super inspired after chatting to each of them and I hope you do too.In this episode I speak to Scott Morrison. We discuss how to collaborate with others in an authentic way, how to lift up others in your team, why removing ego is crucial when being creative and the tools Scott uses when on the move.I liked this quote from Scott: "Always hire people smarter than you."*This episode is sponsored by Dropbox*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1826m 24s

#164 Laura Jordan Bambach: How To Get Those Lightbulb Moments (Dropbox Series Part 1)

(Dropbox Series Part 1) I am very excited to bring to you a mini series of four episodes in partnership with Dropbox around the topics of creativity and collaboration. As you know on this podcast I interview interesting creatives about the internet, their work, and how to get more done in less time. Dropbox is a collaborative platform for teams, enabling creativity through their product suite of tools which helps team's all over the world stay in flow and move work forward.In these four special episodes, I interview the co-authors of Creative Superpowers, a book published by Penguin about re-learning key traits often forgotten from childhood, such as adaptability, curiosity, empathy and fearlessness by the authors Laura Jordan Bambach, Scott Morrison, Mark Earls and Daniele Fiandaca. Each author shared some fascinating stories and anecdotes with me, and have some seriously wise advice about how to live a more creative and fulfilled life. I felt super inspired after chatting to each of them and I hope you do too.In this episode I speak to Laura Jordan Bambach about how creativity isn't something that happens to you at your desk. How to get good ideas, why you should keep a dream diary, how diversity is still an urgent matter, how to gather all sources of your creativity, and how to not take things too personally as a creative.I liked this quote from Laura: "You didn't get here by accident. That doesn't mean you should be pig-headed, but your ideas have value."*This episode is sponsored by Dropbox*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1817m 47s

#163 Naomi Alderman: How To Tell If You Have A Great Idea

Welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete! My guest today is one of my favourite authors, the incredibly inspiring force of nature that is Naomi Alderman! She is the multi-award-winning novelist of Disobedience and The Power. Disobedience has been adapted into a film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel of the same name by Naomi and stars both Rachael McAdams and Rachel Weiz. It is out in cinemas now. And The Power is one of Obama's favourite books! No big deal.Speaking of cinemas: I'm excited that this episode is in partnership with Curzon Cinemas. http://bit.ly/2P1WwKZFor nearly a century, Curzon has been pioneering ways to bring audiences exclusive access to a brilliant selection of award winning, classic and contemporary independent films from around the world. I'm excited to tell you about Curzon Home Cinema. By registering you get access to a selection of the latest cinema releases available now to watch from the comfort of your own home. I love going to the cinema but I also love staying in (especially during this dark winter months). So wherever you are in the UK and Ireland, you can watch new films at home! So the choice is yours: watch your films at the cinema, or instantly at home, Curzon offers you both choices. Why not try out watching Disobedience at home?So, a bit more about the iconic Naomi Alderman. Her literary début came in 2006 called Disobedience, a well-received yet slightly controversial novel about a North London rabbi's lesbian daughter living in New York, which won her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers, the 2007 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and a feature as one of the Waterstones 25 Writers for the Future.Her other novel, The Power, won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2017. The Power was THE book of the year last year, an incredible sci-fi/dystopian novel about gendered violence and the fetishisation of power. The premise of the book is that women are more powerful than men. God becomes a “she”; and men are frightened to walk alone at night.We discuss life as a polymath, what it's like having Rachel Weisz ring you up and want to turn your book into a film and how to know whether something is a good or bad idea when it comes to creating stuff. Thank you, Naomi. Such an inspiring episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1834m 19s

#162: Hari Nef: How To Survive The Dark Side Of The Internet

My guest today is the wonderful Hari Nef: model, actress, activist and first trans woman signed to IMG Worldwide​​, one of the biggest model management firm​s in the world. ​She has grace​d​ the cover​s ​​​of​ publications such as Elle UK, Love Magazine and Interview, and has appeared in editorials in Vogue and Wonderland Magazine, among others. She may be currently best known for her ​role ​in the  Emmy award-winning series TRANSPARENT. ​​ ​Hari currently lives in LA and ​is currently starring​ in the Gucci Bloom fragrance campaign alongside Dakota Johnson and Petra Collins. Most recently Hari has starred in black comedy thriller Assassination Nation ​(also starring Suki Waterhouse) which ​i​​​​s out now in UK cinemas​. It is about ​​a group of best friends live in a world of selfies, emojis, snaps and sexts. But when their town of Salem is besieged by a massive data hack, resulting in half the citizens’ private info spewed into the public view, the community descends into anarchy. ​The Times have called it "The Crucible for the Instagram era​" and critics at The Guardian have said it "feels like the product of a one-night stand between Spring Breakers and The Purge."In this episode we chat about the film, dealing with internet storms, how to follow your gut when choosing which projects to work on and why she loves working on thrillers that centre around social media. Hope you enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1825m 17s

#161 Pandora Sykes: On Choosing What To Share

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast. Pandora is a former colleague of mine; we were part of the launch team of the now defunct website The Debrief back in 2014. She was the fashion editor, I was the social media editor. She then went on to hold the iconic position of Fashion Features Editor and Wardrobe Mistress columnist of The Sunday Times Style magazine.Now, Pandora is now doing many different things; she is a journalist, brand consultant, podcast co-host and speaker. She is a Contributing Editor at Man Repeller and ELLE, she has written for titles including The Guardian, Marie Claire, Vogue, Red magazine, i-D, The Cut, Vogue Australia, The Spectator and The Sunday Times.Pandora is the co-host of an iTunes No.1 weekly culture podcast, The High Low (one of my faves) which she created with author and journalist, Dolly Alderton which has a major cult following.We discuss sharing, multi-hyphenate careers, career evolution, writing, authenticity and sticking to what feels right for you. This is Pandora's Manrepeller piece about online sharing that we discuss: https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/09/maintaining-selective-privacy-online.html    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1834m 31s

#160: E.Lockhart on How To Write A Novel

E. Lockhart is a New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including We Were Liars, which was a New York Times bestseller and Zoella Book Club pick, and the novel Genuine Fraud, soon to be a film produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of HBO series Girls.In this episode we talk about writing, writing writing! The art of writing novels, how to keep your momentum when writing, how to study the books you love and how to manage your ego and ignore reviews, good and bad.Favourite quote from the episode:"The me who can write a novel is not the same me who goes to the grocery stores and swimming pool and does things with my family. That person doesn't know how to write a novel."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/1831m 47s

#159 Scott Harrison & Joshua Coombes: On How To Do Good

This episode is with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water and Joshua Coombes, founder of Do Something For Nothing. I had the best time getting to know two amazing entrepreneurs last week when I hosted a master class called "Passion to Purpose" at the WeWork Creator Awards in London. Scott has the most interesting story and has helped millions get access to clean water. Joshua is probably best known for the haircuts he offers to homeless people all over the world and whose stories he shares shares their stories to encourage people to connect with others. These two guys essentially created their own opportunities in social entrepreneurialism using cultural norms like water and grooming to serve marginalised communities. I learned a lot and I hope you find this episode as inspiring as I did. Thank you to WeWork for having me host this.  If you're an entrepreneur, you're going to want to know more about the Creator Awards pitch competition -  check out the WeWork London Creator recap  to learn more.  In the episode I mention the WeWork London Economic Impact Report which has a ton of interesting stats surrounding entrepreneurs.  Stay up to date with WeWork on IG and Twitter.      See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1841m 12s

#158 Estée Lalonde: Catching Up On Life

Estée Lalonde is a returning guest! Estée is a U.K.-based lifestyle vlogger, author and fellow podcaster, who shares her beauty and fashion expertise with more than 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel every week. She has served as a brand ambassador for the likes of Lancôme, Garnier, and Adidas, and last year, she launched a podcast called The Heart Of It, in which she explores subjects that close to her heart — including feminism, travel, and tattoos — alongside guests. This year she launched a new podcast called On The Line, and she has also brought out a jewellery collection with DAISY London. We catch up on life, work, dates, crystals and everything in between.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/11/1827m 47s

#157: Jodi Picoult: A Spark Of Light

Jodi Picoult ​is the bestselling author​ of 25 novels.​​ Her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into​ almost 50 languages.​In this episode -- (recorded live at Foyles Charing Cross as part of Jodi's UK tour) -- we discuss her newest book A Spark Of Light, which centres around women, choice and abortion rights in America​. It unravels backwards, with characters held hostage in an abortion centre in Mississippi. As the novel goes on, you start to realise what brought all the different characters there.Jodi has always centred her novels around important topics. In her novel Nineteen Minutes, she wrote about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, and it was her first book to debut at number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Her book Change of Heart, published on March 4, 2008, was her second novel to debut at number 1 on that list.​ One of the books she might be also best known for is My Sister's Keeper, which was made into a film starring Cameron Diaz. In her book, Small Great Things​, she tackled racism and white supremacy.In 2016, Jodi joined the advisory board of Vida: Women in Literary Arts, which is a "non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals."Quotes from the episode:"When women don't tell their stories, narratives are written for us. And they are narratives of blame and shame.""Women's rights are universal rights.""We have to reach across the aisle. We have to speak to people who think differently to us. Instead of judging and talking, you have to sit back and listen, and hope they will give you the grace to do the same thing."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 41s

#156 BONUS Episode: Should We Be Able To Vote Online?

This episode is with Areeq Chowdhury, founder and chief executive of the voluntary, youth-led, think tank WebRoots Democracy. I wanted to do an episode of Ctrl Alt Delete all about online voting. Can it happen? Will it happen? When will it happen?Other countries are already experimenting with online voting and we do everything with our phones, so I wanted to explore the pros and cons for this conversation. We discuss the benefits (research says online voting would make more people more likely to vote) and the push-backs, including security concerns, privacy and hacking and clicktivism. One thing that stood out from chatting to Areeq was that the people who would benefit the most from this would be people living with disabilities. For a lot of people, it's not a case of 'can't be bothered' it's a case of 'can't physically get there'.Areeq Chowdhury was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation. After graduating in 2013, he moved to London and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the London Assembly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and KPMG.At the age of 21, he founded WebRoots Democracy which has been leading the campaign for online voting and has been working with politicians, charities, thinktanks, and technology companies on researching the benefits and challenges of a digital democracy. He has authored and edited two reports on the topic: Viral Voting (2015) and Secure Voting (2016).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 36s

#155 Katherine Ormerod (Part Two): Is Social Media Ruining Your Life? (Recorded Live At Waterstones)

This is the second part of this interview, recorded live, which focuses on the audience Q&A! Katherine Ormerod is a journalist, influencer and author. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade, starting her career as a fashion assistant at Sunday Times Style, moving to Grazia to become Senior Fashion News & Features Editor then on to Glamour where she was Fashion Features Editor at Large. Prior to her career, she graduated with a MA(Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh and went on to get a Master's in Fashion History & Theory from the London College of Fashion. Katherine has written for the FT, the Telegraph, Harper's Bazaar and the Mail on Sunday.In January 2017, she launched workworkwork.co, an anti-perfectionism platform where high-profile social media stars and women with aspirational careers share stories from their 'unedited' lives.​She's now written a book 'Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life' a no-holds-barred, no-filter look at what social media is doing to us as a society, and how we can deconstruct the online fantasy to change our own attitudes about modern womanhood.Quotes from the episode:​"​S​ocial media takes all the WORK out."​ ​'Social media has to be ONE of the ​pans frying in our general life, it can't be the only pan frying. It can't be every part of the way you validate yourself. It can't be the only way you promote your career."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1820m 51s

#154 Katherine Ormerod (Part One): Is Social Media Ruining Your Life? (Recorded Live At Waterstones)

Katherine Ormerod is a journalist, influencer and author. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade, starting her career as a fashion assistant at Sunday Times Style, moving to Grazia to become Senior Fashion News & Features Editor then on to Glamour where she was Fashion Features Editor at Large. Prior to her career, she graduated with a MA(Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh and went on to get a Master's in Fashion History & Theory from the London College of Fashion. Katherine has written for the FT, the Telegraph, Harper's Bazaar and the Mail on Sunday.In January 2017, she launched workworkwork.co, an anti-perfectionism platform where high-profile social media stars and women with aspirational careers share stories from their 'unedited' lives.​She's now written a book 'Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life' a no-holds-barred, no-filter look at what social media is doing to us as a society, and how we can deconstruct the online fantasy to change our own attitudes about modern womanhood.Quotes from the episode:​"​S​ocial media takes all the WORK out."​ ​'Social media has to be ONE of the ​pans frying in our general life, it can't be the only pan frying. It can't be every part of the way you validate yourself. It can't be the only way you promote your career."   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 52s

#153: BONUS Episode: Let's Talk About Periods

This is a special live recording of Ctrl Alt Delete focused on​ all things​ periods, from cramps to menstrual mishaps, bloody good anecdotes, mind-boggling facts and incredible stories as we delve into a raw discussion about all aspects periods around the world.This was recorded at Hoxton Square Bar & Grill in collaboration with Project Period, a campaign bringing together activists to maximise momentum on efforts to put period poverty onto the global agenda.On the panel were three brilliant women talking about periods: gynecologist and Instagram influencer Anita Mittra “The Gynae Geek”, period poverty activist Holly Bantleman, and social entrepreneur Tasha Bishop of “The Pants Project’.The aim of this conversation is to raise awareness (and money) for women affected by period stigmas and the lack of access to sanitary products and relevant information related to menstruation around the world. We want to change perspectives and attitudes on periods, and drive any one listening to take action to end period poverty and put stigmas to an end.Want to take action?We are uniting our voices under www.thisisourperiod.org. Please click the link and sign the period promise, where you can find out more about organisations and activists working on the issue. You can follow recent events and projects by signing the period promise and following the latest on Instagram @thisisourperiod.**100% of proceeds from the live recording will support Juliana's project in Kenya; a hub to create jobs for women and ensure a steady supply of sanitary pads in rural Kenya**  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 20s

#152 Amy Thomson: Why It's Okay To Be Moody

My guest today is the incredible entrepreneur Amy Thomson​. She was the founder of SEEN, a global marketing agency working with brands such as Nike, Microsoft and RBS. She is also the co-founder of a business school for future female leaders called Future Girl Corp (alongside Sharmadean Reid, another Ctrl Alt DElete guest), which has a simple mission to inspire the new generation of female leaders. Now, she, alongside her team, has ​launched the Moody Month App. ​The mission ​of the app i​s to empower every woman to harness their moods through understanding their hormonal and emotional selves. The Moody Month App will allow you to track your monthly moods and cycle, along with plugging straight into your calendar and giving you mood forecasts for your month. ​The message behind the app is that being moody is your biggest asset, it's what makes you human not a robot. By having more awareness of your moods, means you can optimise your happiness. Let’s all re-connect and embrace the things that make us humans​.​​​​​Amy has shared her story and inspiration behind the app so honestly and openly in this episode. In 2015, when​ her periods stopped due to ​stress, she ​start​ed​ a diary, and began to see patterns linking her bad moods and her hormonal imbalance.​ ​​She then sold her agency, broke up with ​her boyfriend and set out on a mission to build this​ new​ technology​ which has turned into ​Moody. The​ site​ and app​ offers advice, from books recommendations, t​o articles ​to superfood tips. There’s an online shop, too​. I found this conversation SO inspiring and I hope you do too.​My favourite quote from the episode:"I'm getting Ubers, I'm ordering food, I'm using Nike Plus to track my running, but I'm a writing an analogue diary for my periods??"  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 29s

#151 Helena Morrissey: How To Invest In Your Future

Helena Morrissey who is one of the best-known women in the City.She handles billions of pounds worth of assets for many years and is now Head of Personal Investing at Legal and General Management, a new role aimed at engaging the nation to save and invest more.In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative to achieve better gender-balanced UK company boards. She wrote a book earlier this year called A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System. The Ft said about her book "At its heart is a conviction that diversity in any workplace will lead to a better, fairer and more prosperous society". She was named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She has twice been voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cambridge University in 2016. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to the role of women in business. In 2017, she was made a dame.Helena is married to a Buddhist meditation teacher and they have nine children, six girls and three boys whose ages range from 8 to 26.In this episode we talk about the importance of investing your future in this episode, how you don't have to be like a man to be successful and what it's like having 9 kids and making your career work.Quotes from the episode:"You don't have to be formidable to be a successful business woman.""I have a Dame-hood, but actually I'm no better or worse a person than before that. I want to use any influence I have for good."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 12s

#150: Chloe Milligan: How Do You Become An Online Florist?

Chloe Milligan runs a florist company called MUD Urban Flowers. Unlike a traditional florist, MUD operates solely online and this innovative, contemporary take on the trade soon became a great success. MUD Urban Flowers has now expanded into Edinburgh and has plans to continue growing UK wide via franchises from early 2019.In a landmark year celebrating 100 years since women were granted the vote, I teamed up with Royal Bank of Scotland to bring together Scotland’s most inspiring, like-minded and motivated women at a series of four networking events across the country to encourage businesswomen to connect, support one another and thrive together. The events were held in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The events come on the back of a report commissioned by Royal Bank of Scotland that revealed the challenges facing women in business and what they do to overcome them.*This episode is part of a paid partnership with Royal Bank Of Scotland.*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1824m 40s

#149: Farrah Storr: Find Your Discomfort Zone

Farrah Storr is the award-winning editor-in-chief of the UK's Cosmopolitan magazine. She took over the brand in 2015 where she was tasked with reimagining it for the millennial woman. The October issue of Cosmo magazine has model and body-positivity advocate Tess Holliday on the cover. It was celebrated across the internet by many who lauded the magazine for championing body positivity and embracing larger bodies but it was also battled out on Good Morning Britain (by Piers Morgan) arguing that it glorifies obesity. Over her 17-year career as a journalist Farrah has done everything from undercover investigations in the world of cut-price cosmetic surgery to reporting from inside some of the world’s most luxurious fashion houses. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of Women’s Health magazine – the most successful women’s magazine launch of the decade.In 2017 Farrah was cited as one of only 36 BAME leaders in The Guardian UK’s 1000 Most Powerful list.Her first book is out now called The Discomfort Zone all about the power of discomfort, published by Piatkus, which we discuss a lot in this episode.Quotes from the episode:"Being vulnerable is what you have to do as a writer, that is your job.. sometimes that means putting yourself up for scrutiny from other people, but that's what makes the best writers.""You can have it all....ish. It's naive to think you can have everything.""True heroes are never that popular.""Most of success is the climb; the grind to actually get to success. The grind should be the enjoyable bit."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 54s

#148: BONUS episode: How Connected Will We Be In The Future?

This episode of Ctrl Alt Delete is in collaboration with CityFibre, talking all about connectivity and the future of tech. I wanted to do an episode on the future of work, tech, modern cities and Internet connection. Chatting to me on these topics is Laura Osborne who works with CityFibre. Laura’s background is in public affairs, government communications and more recently consumer campaigning. She was Which?’s first Head of Corporate Affairs, working with businesses to improve the banking, energy and telecoms markets for consumers.Now she is helping to lead the campaign calling on the Advertising Standards Authority to change the rules on how “fibre” is used in broadband adverts, so that consumers are no longer misled. In this episode we talk about the impact of smart technology in our homes, online doctors, digital assistants who can pick up on your mood and health data, how the internet connection you have matters, how connectivity affects or can improve the way we work and lots more. We also discuss how in 2016, only 5% of engineering modern apprenticeships were taken up by women, and how only 24% of those in digital technology jobs in the UK are women and what can be done about that. We discuss the future of modern connected cities too, as in cities like Tallinn, people engage with their government effortlessly via digital platforms that enable them to sign contracts, file their taxes, and vote. Can the UK follow? In general, we discuss what’s in store of the future of our technology as we become more and more connected. For more info on the campaign to change the broadband advertising rules visit www.coppersaurus.com. #ad  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1832m 54s

#147 Fearne Cotton: On Motherhood & Her Multihyphenate Career

Fearne Cotton is a TV presenter, podcast host and author. Fearne has been presenting live TV since the age of 15 when she was spotted by ITV’s ‘Disney Club’ Her warmth, natural interview skills and ability to make presenting live TV seem effortless and has given her the opportunity to present a variety of shows over the years.In 2005 she joined Radio 1 where she spent 10 incredible years, initially co-hosting morning shows with Reggie Yates and then moving onto the UK Top 40 show before taking over the prestigious weekday morning slot in 2009; here she mixed big celebrity interviews with exclusive acoustic performances in the Live Lounge. The show attracted over 4 million listeners and in 2012 she won a Sony Gold Award for the show.An enthusiastic cook, Fearne released her first cookbook in June 2016. She is also the author of Calm, Happy, Yoga Babies and Hungry Babies.Fearne is a mother of two and continues to find time to support a range of charities with seemingly no challenge too big for her, whether it be climbing Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, or trekking the Inca Trail for Breast Cancer Care. Fearne is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and also a patron for Post Pals, Tyler’s Trust and Coppafeel!, the latter of which she curates the charity’s music festival, FESTIFEEL.In this episode we talk about Fearne's multi-hyphenate career, being a mum, mental health, writing and how social media can help further positive conversations.Favourite quotes from the episode:"There are less taboo subjects these days and if there are taboos there's definitely someone out there trying to break them." "Sometimes I feel like I'm nailing it, and other times it's all falling apart." On juggling multiple projects and being a mum. "in my twenties [success] was purely work-based - that's all I cared about. It was about being on a big TV show and being seen. Whereas now, that really doesn't factor into what I'm doing." "When I left Radio 1, I'd had a second child and literally had no work lined up, I was quite scared at that point."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 4s

#146 Yasmin Khan: When Passion Leads To Burn-out

Yasmin Khan is an award-winning author, campaigner and cook.In 2013, after suffering a debilitating burnout and having to step back from her human rights work, Yasmin switched careers and turned to food as a tool through which to share people’s stories. She ran a Kickstarter to write a book that would offer a window into Iran, the result of which is her best-selling debut book The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen (Bloomsbury, 2016). The book was chosen by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC Food Programme as one of the best cookbooks of 2016.Yasmin’s second book, Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen was published in July 2018 and immediately became a number 1 best-seller on Amazon. The book is a collection of recipes and stories gathered from her travels through Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and was heralded by the late, great, Anthony Bourdain as “A moving, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book”.In this episode we talk burn-out, Kickstarter, career changes, micro-communities and how to manage multiple projects.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 42s

#145: Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower) on Cancel Culture + Problematic Faves

Chidera Eggerue​ aka The SlumFlower, a bestselling ​author & activist. ELLE magazine recently ​called Chidera a ‘millennial mastermind’​. ​ After her recent appearance on ITV’s This Morning, Chidera has managed to drive a new conversation regarding the way we view women’s bodie​ - creating the saggy boobs matter. ​​She scooped up Cosmopolitan’s ‘Highly Commended Disruptor/Changemaker of the Year 2018 Award’ and ​was placed on the #DAZED100 list. Her recent BBC Newsbeat documentary on hair loss in young people has reshaped the way we view hair loss and she’s on a trailblazing path to encouraging us all to be comfier in our flaws.Chidera’s debut book, ‘What a time to be alone‘ is already a top 10 best seller. In this episode we talk about the power of being alone, 'cancel culture', problematic faves, how to deal with Internet trolls and how to reflect on your actions in a positive way.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1835m 0s

#144 Justin Myers (The Guyliner): From Anonymous Blog To Book Deal

Justin Myers is a journalist who for a long time wrote under his pseudonym The Guyliner.​ I first started reading his hilarious writing back in 2012 when his blog posts started getting published on the Huffington Post.​ He has written for Gay Times, GQ and the Guardian. His first novel, The Last Romeo, was published by Little, Brown in Spring this year. We talk about writing non fiction and how his fiction has some similarities to his journalistic career.His book The Last Romeo tells a story of the character James -  his long relationship with Adam ends, decides to try out the dating scene for the first time, writing about his exploits for a small, loyal audience under a secret identity: the Last Romeo. An account of a date with a closeted celebrity boosts the blog’s popularity, not to mention its notoriety, and soon James finds himself reluctantly internet-famous, and dealing with the associated perks and pitfalls; the fans, trolls, and haters, who all want to know one thing: who the hell is Romeo?We talk about what it's like coming out as your real self from behind an anonymous blog and how to use your experiences for a novel. We also talk about age and I like this quote from Justin: "There is no new rule that once you hit 35 or 40, you are suddenly no longer interested in new things around you or new stuff."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1834m 26s

#143 Sharmadean Reid: On Productivity & Distraction

Sharmadean Reid founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009 – now it is a huge global well-known business.In this episode I chat to Sharmadean about productivity and distraction. She has a brilliant Guardian column called Bossing It where she answers modern work questions.She wrote two WAH nails books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE for services to Beauty.So now she is building a new way to book beauty online with her new company Beauty Stack.We talk about what she’d learned from starting businesses. Sharmadean’s also working on a new campaign with NatWest which is all about helping small businesses be the best they can be. A big focus is on helping small businesses do more with less and improve their productivity through the NatWest Productivity Blueprint.The medium article I reference in the opening section of the interview is called “Growing Up Too Fast — Or Why I Closed WAH Nails Topshop”.Soundbites I love from this episode:“Why not write a completely new rule for how we determine success?”“Create your own pic ‘n’ mix from other people’s successful bios”“You can’t copy someone else’s path”“Being productive doesn’t mean being chained your desk the whole time.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 14s

#142 Clemmie Hooper: How To Stay Sane On Instagram

Clemmie Hooper is a mid-wife, author and shares her guidance to over 500k followers.Now over a decade after qualifying as a midwife, Clemmie also a writes a successful blog (www.gasandairblog.com), has over 500k followers on Instagram and works with local women’s groups to provide information and guidance on pregnancy and post-natal care. She is the author of two books How To Grow A Baby And Push It Out and How To Grow A Baby Journal.Emma interviewed Clemmie live at Wilderness Festival, to a tent of 800 people! It was a fantastic experience, thanks Wilderness. They discussed being multi-hyphenates, why Clemmie quit Instagram for a bit, the influencer world, anxiety and organisation and what Clemmie has coming up. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1825m 58s

#141 Charly Cox: On Poetry, Success and Mental Health

Charly Cox is a 22-year-old writer, producer, poet and author of She Must Be Mad.Her writing focuses on destigmatizing mental health and the coming-of-age of a young woman surviving the modern world. In January 2017, she published her first poem on Instagram, showing her internet followers her poetry for the first time; since then she’s been asked to be Virgin Radio’s poet in residence, she’s been published on Refinery29, hosted poetry nights to raise money and awareness for MQ Mental Health and been named by ELLE magazine as one of their 20 power players to watch out for in 2018. She Must Be Mad is Charly’s first book.She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body.We discuss writing, success, mental health, how as a poet, people might worry they are "fodder" for your work, the insanity of being alone for long periods of time when writing, crying for two weeks over book covers and the importance of the phrase "I have a mental illness but I have really good mental health".    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 3s

#140 Gemma Arterton: On Escaping And Creating

My guest today is the actress Gemma Arterton.We spoke about the new film she's in called The Escape, which she also executive produced. Her breakthrough role was in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, which won her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She played the lead role in the film Their Finest (2017). She was the title star of the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009). She is known for her roles in the fantasy films Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Byzantium (2013), and as the character Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). She played Joan in Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan at Donmar Warehouse, December 2016.The Escape is an intimate portrait of a married woman who seemingly has it all. Married young, shehas all the trappings of a successful life: a house, a husband, children and a nice lifestyle. But she is unhappy and yearns for more, something that she is unable to put her finger on.We discuss escapism, acting, social media, relationships, improvising on set and why the topics in this film are close to her heart.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 45s

#139 Rose Cartwright: On Turning Her Book On OCD Into A TV Series

​So excited to interview ​Rose, a writer & creative director and author of PURE.​This episode was recorded at the BFI Southbank for my live mini series there called ​From Book to Screen.I first came across Rose’s work in 2014 when I pledged for the book on Unbound called PURE – about Pure ‘O’ a type of OCD – in Rose’s case she would get intrusive sexual thoughts.Pure is the true story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts – a rampant but little-known symptom of the disorder. It tracks her journey from when she was first seized by graphic mental images to her eventual recovery through therapy, acceptance and love.At its core, Pure is about uncertainty and insecurity- it’s about finding beauty in greyness, and embracing the unfathomable weirdness of the human mind.I wanted to ask her about the process of how her book PURE is being turned into a TV show as part of this mini series I'm doing called #FromBookToScreen. It is being adapted into Channel 4 adaptation of her memoir on the story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts. It’s produced by Drama Republic (who have made Mad Fat Diary, The Honourable Woman, Doctor Foster) and adapted by the very talented Kirstie Swain) and airing on Channel 4 soon.​She has fingers in pies, currently ​writing a film for FKA Twigs. Past projects include the relaunch of Channel 4’s Random Acts; writing the world’s first OCD chatbot; and developing This Girl Can – Phenomenal Women. Rose used to publish under her mother’s maiden name, Bretécher. Hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 26s

#138: Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené​: How to SLAY IN YOUR LANE

My guests today are authors and best friends Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené​.​ They are the authors of SLAY IN YOUR LANE.SLAY IN YOUR LANE is the long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives.It was​ included in top Elle’s 12 addictive books of 2018, Metro’s best new books in 2018 and BBC’s hotly anticipated debut authors for 2018.Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené searched for a book that addressed the​ ​challenges​ ​for young black women and​ ​they realised none existed. So Slay in Your Lane – the lovechild of exasperation and optimism – was born. From education, to work, to dating, to representation, money and health,​ ​this is an ​ ​inspirational, honest and provocative Black Girl Bibl​e​ – the book​ ​offers advice and encouragement​ ​from the authors and​ ​interviews with dozens of the most successful black women in Britain – including Charlene White, Jamelia, Denise Lewis, Malorie Blackman and Dawn Butler MP.Yomi​ ​is an award-winning journalist and senior writer at The Pool. She writes about race, feminism, popular culture and how they intersect, as well as class and politics.Elizabeth is a​ ​former​ ​Marketing Manager​ ​and has a degree in​ ​Politics and International relations degree and specialises in creating marketing campaigns that are both culturally progressive and commercially relevant.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 2s

#137 Amika George: On Being A Teen Activist

Amika George is an 18-year-old student from North London. She started the #FreePeriods campaign, which calls on the government to give free menstrual products to children from low-income families​.This episode was recorded at #SheInspiresMe Live, a feminist festival put on by Women For Women International. Sorry that it's a bit echoey, it was a really large room and the mics sadly weren't perfect for podcasting.Women for Women International are a charity passionate about empowering the world’s most marginalised women. For 25 years, we’ve worked with women in countries affected by conflict, equipping over 472,000 women with skills, confidence and connections to advocate for their rights and make their voices heard.The first #SheInspiresMe Live Feminist Festival aims to capitalise on recent momentum around women’s rights, and get more people involved and empowered to build a more equal future. Women for Women International is built on solidarity and sisterhood. They are committed to strengthening and connecting this global movement, and want every woman, everywhere, to know she can be a part of it.I hope you enjoy this episode, we talk digital activism, how to maintain a campaign online, how to use your voice and how to juggle multiple projects.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 18s

#136: The Queen's Young Leaders Ft. Nicola Adams OBE & Caspar Lee

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast – this is a very special one! I got to record a very special episode at the Queen’s Young Leaders Ceremony from Buckingham Palace…(and I got meet the Queen!)I was there to celebrate the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. It’s a real honour to be there for the final ever Queen’s Young Leader Award ceremony and celebrate the amazing work these young people are doing all over the Commonwealth. Collectively, they’re tackling a huge range of issues, from climate change, to mental health stigma, to gender based violence. These guys really show just how important young people are to tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.I chatted to Siposetu Sethu Mbuli from South Africa. Siposetu is developing new ways to end the stigma of albinism in South Africa. Growing up with albinism herself, and mindful of the misconceptions that still exist around it, Siposetu co-founded Love, This Skin. I also chatted to Harry Phinda, who promotes the rights of women and girls through education. He is the co-founder of Youth for Change (YFC), which is a global youth led organisation that works in partnership with organisations and governments to tackle gender-based violence and to create positive change. You will also be inspired by Alexia Hilbertidou, who is inspiring young women in New Zealand to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (also known as STEM), leadership and entrepreneurship.In the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, I chatted with YouTuber Caspar Lee, Nicola Adams OBE and some more of the Queens Young Leaders themselves.The young people dedicated to changing the world received a Queen’s Young Leader Award from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. This year’s group of Award winners are from 38 Commonwealth countries and work across a wide range of issues and are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.Now in its fourth and final year, the Programme has created a powerful network of 240 Award winners who have incredible leadership potential and passion to make the world a better place.The now complete Queen’s Young Leaders network is a lasting legacy to Her Majesty The Queen, as they connect, collaborate and continue to change lives for years to come.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1822m 10s

#135 Adam Kay: This Is What Being A Junior Doctor Is Like

Adam Kay is a best-selling and award-winning author, script writer and performer.We recorded this episode as part of Independent Book Shop Week in Lutyens & Rubenstein in Notting Hill to a live audience, thanks to everyone who came along!He writes extensively for TV and film. He is author of the number one bestselling and multi-award-winning book "This is Going to Hurt", about his former career as a junior doctor, which was an instant Sunday Times number one bestseller, topping the charts for five months. It has been translated into 20 languages.Adam first achieved success as frontman of Amateur Transplants, with 20 million hits (including the iconic London Underground Song), and as a solo performer has had multiple sell-out Edinburgh Fringe and West End seasons as well as sell-out international tours.Hope you enjoy this episode!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1824m 57s

#134 Esther Perel: On Being A Therapist and Modern Relationships

My guest today is Esther Perel, a psychotherapist of 35 years, and New York Times bestselling author.Esther Perel is recognised as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she has a therapy practice in New York City and is an consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity which became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins) is also a New York Times bestseller . Esther is also an exec producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin? It is an incredible podcast where you can listen into live therapy sessions. Learn more at EstherPerel.com or by following @EstherPerelOfficial on Instagram. Favourite quotes from the episode:​"Today you don't choose between 2 people in the village, or 6 people at school, you choose between ​1,000 at your fingertips. That swiping culture gives you a dizzying level of options.""How do I know I've found ~the one~? You're going to delete your dating apps.""The burdens of the self have never been heavier. Today all the big decisions are on us.""Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships. You cannot be friends with someone that isn't friends with you. You can love someone who doesn't love you back, but friendship is a reciprocal relationship.""We can't only use longevity in relationships as a marker of success."On her podcast Where Do We Begin: "It's so raw and intimidate, it's almost scary."On giving advice to friends: "What works for me, might not be what works for you."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 43s

#133: The Slumflower and Louise Troen: On Carving Your Own Path

This is a special live episode recording live at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road as part of my Multi-Hyphen Method book tour.I spoke to the amazing Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower, author of WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE, viral sensation and inspirational speaker who makes the Internet a better place. We were also joined by Louise Troen, VP of International marketing at Bumble (one of the sponsors of my UK book tour!) In this episode, I discuss topics from my book The Multi-Hyphen Method - we discuss confidence, self-promotion, new definitions of success, creativity in the workplace, flexi-hours and how to foster diverse thought at work. I absolutely loved recording this episode, and hope you enjoy listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 24s

#132 Abbie Bergstrom: I Ask My Literary Agent About Her Side Hustles

What's your side-hustle? I chat to my literary agent Abbie Bergstrom (head of Gleam Titles) about her side hustles. I ask Abbie her thoughts on each section of my new book The Multi-Hyphen Method (success, motivation, money, life) as a bonus episode of the podcast. Abbie worked at the publisher Simon & Schuster for 5 years before launching an exciting literary agency called Gleam Titles. Normal author/guest interviews resume next week! The Multi-Hyphen Method is available to buy now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1817m 40s

#131 Emma Gannon (me!) On My New Book, The Multi-Hyphen Method

A special one-off episode where I AM THE GUEST on my own podcast! I am interviewed in this episode by my literary agent and head of Gleam Titles, Abigail Bergstrom, about my new book.We talk about my brand new book The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more and design your own career.The first question on the back of my book is: world of work is changing – so how do you keep up?In this episode we talk about multi-hyphenate careers, the new definitions of success, flexible working, the work-life blend, talking about money, unconventional careers and how to design your own career.If you’ve been itching to convert your craft into a career, or your side-hustle into a start up, then The Multi-Hyphen Method is for you.The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever and allows us to design our own working lives. Forget the outdated stigma of being a jack of all trades, because having many strings to your bow is essential to get ahead in the modern working world. We all have the skills necessary to work less and create more, and The Multi-Hyphen Method is the source of inspiration you need to help you navigate your way towards your own definition of success.Listen to the podcast below and pre-order the book HERE.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 54s

#130 Sam Conniff Allende: Why We Need To Rewrite The Rules

Sam Conniff Allende is a multi award-winning serial social entrepreneur, acclaimed public speaker, consultant and author of Be More Pirate.Be More Pirate (or How To Take On The World and Win) is out now by Penguin Random House and is a manifesto for radical action and change based on the true and untold strategy and success of the Golden Age of Pirates as agents of change, leadership and social innovation. Sam is a brilliant public speaker on a range of topics and has worked with clients ranging from Netflix to PlayStation, Facebook and Google.He is on board of Livity, a youth-led creative network and has helped thousands of young people across the world.In this episode we discuss trusting your instinct, defining success, how success is a mess, why you should break rules and how to take back power into your own hands.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 8s

#129 Louise O'Neill: A Feminist Reimagining Of The Little Mermaid

​This episode is with Louise O'Neill, the award-winning Irish novelist. Louise has written a​ feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid​ which has ​just been​ published by Scholastic​. ​A spokesperson for ​the​ publisher said ofThe Surface Breaks: “Christian Andersen’s dark, original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.”​ In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel changes her body to please a man, is at the beck and call of her father and she even has her voice taken away from her. I got to interview Louise O'Neill at Waterstones Piccadilly in May (2018) about the book as part of a live podcast recording. We discussed feminism, writing fantasy literature, her inspirations ​and why Mermaids are back on trend again.​"It's funny once you become a feminist you can't enjoy any pop culture, everything is fucking ruined"."On her main character Gaia: "I just wanted to see her as a girl who wanted to take up more space in the world."​  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 57s

#128 Holly McGlynn: How To Be A Photographer

Holly McGlynn is an award-winning fashion photographer.Her clients include Chanel, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and she's been shortlisted for Irish Fashion Photographer of the Year twice and won a gold medal in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015. We talk about how photography is a competitive industry, how to get into it, how it is a male-dominated industry still, the intimacy of the job and taking someone's picture. There's also lots of honesty in this episode about having a baby and going back to work, especially when you have a very physical job and are self-employed. We also discuss having inclusion riders on your set when working on a project.Hope you enjoy this episode, don't forget to rate and review!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1824m 30s

#127 BONUS Dolly Alderton Q&A: On Therapy, Success & Hen Dos

Here is a bonus episode! After the main interview with author Dolly Alderton, the audience asked some questions. Tune in to listen to Dolly answer questions on therapy, success, hen dos and friendship.Thanks to everyone for coming along, to Rosie for organising the logistics at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (and for providing the amazing Dolly cocktail) and Shola for producing.Dolly Alderton's glorious memoir, Everything I Know About Love, has been in the top 5 Sunday Times bestseller charts for months, she vividly recounts wrestling with self-sabotage, getting drunk, getting dumped, and realising that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.Hope you enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1819m 12s

#126 Dolly Alderton LIVE: On Friendship, Writing & People Pleasing

In this very special live episode of Ctrl Alt Delete, I interviewed the brilliant bestselling author Dolly Alderton on writing, friendship, saying no to people-pleasing and in general we had a GOOD OL' NATTER. Thanks to everyone for coming along, to Rosie for organising the logistics at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (and for providing the amazing Dolly cocktail) and Shola for producing.Dolly Alderton's glorious memoir, Everything I Know About Love, has been in the top 5 Sunday Times bestseller charts for months, she vividly recounts wrestling with self-sabotage, getting drunk, getting dumped, and realising that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.Hope you enjoy this one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 39s

#125: Harriet Hall: On Getting A Book Commissioned vs Pitching

Today's guest is Harriet Hall is Stylist's Head of Digital Features and Author of SHE: A Celebration of Renegade Women.Harri specialises in fashion and feminism, and edits the Stylist Ask a Feminist column. Her book SHE: A Celebration of Renegade Women is available on Amazon and all good books shops. SHE is a love letter to all the women who have thrown out the rulebook and threatened the status quo. It's a toast to the brave, bold and brilliant women who make us proud.We talk about the process of what happens when an editor commission you to write a book without a literary agent, dealing with trolls and branded feminism.Hope you enjoy this one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 10s

#124: Reni Eddo-Lodge (Live at Waterstones) On Boundaries & Owning Your Creative Output

Reni Eddo-Lodge is an award winning journalist, author, and podcaster.Her debut non-fiction book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race was published in summer 2017 to critical acclaim.She also has a new podcast out which you can find on iTunes! You can listen to it now, it’s called About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge and launched in March 2018.Her book instantly became a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 2018 Jhalak Prize. It has also been shortlisted for a British Book Award in the category of narrative non-fiction. The book earned a spot on the longlist for the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, and was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards (non-fiction). It was voted non-fiction book of the year for 2017 by booksellers at both Foyles and Blackwells , and selected by actress Emma Watson as an Our Shared Shelf book pick.We forgot to reference a few names when quoting, so here they are:-Reni quoted Malcolm Gladwell "3 people" in the Tipping Point.-I quoted Lauren Bravo's "quotas analogy are like Invisalyn braces" tweet.Huge thank you to producers Shola Aleje and Marcus Hessenberg and Mark and Elizabeth from Waterstones Gower St for being amazing.Enjoy!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 11s

#123 Clover Stroud: On Love, Loss & Memoir

Clover Stroud is a journalist and award-winning author.We chatted a lot before the episode, I felt like I'd met Clover before. I think that's what happens when you read so much about someone's life in a book. We met at Hodder (our shared publisher) and we really did just jump straight into it from the minute I pressed record. Clover is such an articulate, warm, brilliant person in person. Her unique and beautiful voice shines all the way through her memoir.Clover’s book The Wild Other is my favourite memoir of last year. A memoir that stays with you with so long afterwards, it is warm, it is sad, it is hopeful.The book is about Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural country - which was then shattered when Clover was 16 a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.The memoir is Clover’s journey to dealing with everything. It’s a memoir of travel and adventure too - travels to Ireland, to the rodeos of Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back home.The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature.“Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death. I loved it." - Elizabeth Gilbert  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1841m 30s

#122 Stacey Dooley: On Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Stacey Dooley is one of Britain’s most loved documentary presenters. In her series Stacey Dooley Investigates she has looked at a variety of topics from sex trafficking and underage sex slavery and the dark side of tourism in Thailand and Kenya – all of which have had amazing reviews. In 2015 Stacey presented a BBC3 documentary looking at domestic abuse in the UK in Beaten By My Boyfriend and prime time, three-part series for BBC3 lifting the lid on the global war on drugs culminating in Cannabis Smugglers.Stacey immersed herself in different groups with extreme ideologies and beliefs in her most recent two part series Brainwashing Stacey Dooley for BBC3 last year and in 2016, Stacey travelled to Syria and presented the critically acclaimed documentary, Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS, also for BBC3.Many of Stacey’s docs have won the title of ‘Most Watched Documentaries’ on BBC iPlayer. And if she doesn't sound busy enough, she also released her debut Sunday Times Bestselling book this year called On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back which documents just some of the amazing women she’s encountered in the past ten years of her career. We talk about the book and her career making documentaries in this episode. Love this episode! I fell even more in love with Stacey and you will too.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 42s

#121 BONUS episode: Discussing The First Ever Contraceptive App

Today's guest is Elina Berglund, a particle physicist and app entrepreneur.She was part of the Nobel Prize-winning team that discovered Higgs Boson particle, an amazing achievement. After that, she left her job to co-found and develop the NaturalCycles algorithm and app - a prototype she had already been using herself.I've been quite intrigued by Natural Cycles "the first ever contraceptive app" and wanted to interview Elina for the podcast all inventing an algorithm and also being a scientist. I haven't used the app myself, but the link between contraception and tech got me very intrigued.Natural Cycles is the only certified contraceptive app personalised with data from your unique cycle. It has has been certified in the EU to be marketed as a contraceptive device like the pill or the coil.You measure your temperature first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. This reading is an indirect measure of your hormone levels and the information the app needs to effectively analyse your cycle and calculate your red or green day.Natural Cycles is backed by a unique algorithm that takes your temperature and many other factors like sperm survival, temperature fluctuations and cycle irregularities into account. It not only detects ovulation, fertility and the different stages of your cycle, it also calculates accurate predictions for upcoming cycles. It has been clinically tested to be highly accurate in detecting and predicting ovulation.Just worth keeping in mind that Natural Cycles does not protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in any way.Hope you enjoy the episode! As Elina is based in Sweden, this episode is over the phone.*This bonus episode is in collaboration with Natural Cycles*  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1821m 13s

#120 Trinny Woodall: Fashion, Instagram & Career Chapters

My guest today is Trinny Woodall, author, fashion advisor and beauty entrepreneur.You may know her from the hugely popular Trinny and Susannah makeover days. Her and Susannah met in 1994 and wrote a weekly fashion column for The Daily Telegraph. This led to the launch of their own fashion-advice business and first book.They were then commissioned by the BBC to host What Not to Wear in 2001. The following year they released their second book with the same name as the show What Not to Wear. In total they co-wrote eleven style advice books, many of which became hugely successfully best-sellers in the UK and America.They co-hosted What Not to Wear for five series and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as style and make-over advisors, Trinny still makes regular appearances on ITV’s This Morning show as their fashion style expert.In this episode we talk about the launch of her Trinny London make-up range, her new Facebook show, how your career can move in cycles, and why she doesn’t do sponsored posts.(ps. I am loving the Trinny London make-up, they come in little metal pots that you can stack together and it’s super simple. If you’re a fan of Glossier, you’ll really like Trinny’s range. It’s creamy, effective and easy to use. I love it because I can use it quickly when I’m running late!)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 42s

#119: Charly Cox, Serena Guen, Lucia Wood: How To Survive & Thrive In The Creative Industry (Recorded Live in Jigsaw's Piccadilly Store)

This is a live recorded one-off episode, hosted in Jigsaw's London Piccadilly store, all about working in the creativity industries from the perspectives of three generations of creative women. I invited Charly Cox (poet, Gen Z), Serena Guen (founder of Suitcase, Millennial) and Lucia White (Head of design at Jigsaw, Gen X) to talk abut the highs, lows and lessons of getting paid to be creative.This month, Jigsaw is launching their “creativity doesn’t discriminate” campaign, to champion women leaders in the creativity industry, through film, photography, prose and art. Government statistics show that women are still under-represented in the creative industries in the UK - there's never been a more important time to champion creative women.In collaboration with Kodak, Jigsaw are re-launching a 125 year-old campaign – Kodak Girl – into the modern era to celebrate new creative talent. The collaboration - now called Kodak Woman (she has grown up!) - will be supported by a capsule collection of T-shirts and sweatshirts. Check out Jigsaw's blog, where they are showcasing young female talent across the UK: https://www.jigsaw-online.com/blogThanks to those who came along to listen to this special in-store recording, shopped, and had prossecco!Here are some things we spoke about:- How does social media impact our creativity? - How can a branded campaign stand the test of time? - How do you deal with people who don't believe in you? - How can we make money and still remain creatively pure? - How can be help the younger generations to get into the creative industry? - How commercially-minded do you want to be? - How do you switch off from an all-encompassing creative role?*This was event was in partnership with Jigsaw*​  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1850m 21s

#118: Ava Duvernay: It's Never Too Late To Change Career

Ava Duvernay is an Oscar-nominated film director. Ava made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on the hip hop movement in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries and her first narrative feature film, I Will Follow (2010), secured her the African-American Film Critics Association award for best screenplay. Her follow-up, Middle of Nowhere (2012) won the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance film festival, making her the first African-American woman to receive the award.Fast forward to the last few years, she is best know for her work directing Selma (2014), Ava was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13thHer latest film, out now, is the 2018 fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time, which has a mega cast of Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah, and had a budget exceeding $100 million. She is amazing. I hope you love this episode as much as I do.Some of the favourite quotes from the episode:“I didn’t pick up a camera until I was 32 years old.”“I had made 13th and I had made Selma, and that was really dark subject matter, and just to make something about lightness and joy and black girls flying, and designing talking flowers, brought me joy.”“What do we treat each other so poorly? How broken are we?”“I reject the word workaholic. I work all the time but I love what i do, and to not do it would make me less happy.”    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1821m 9s

#117: Jerico Mandybur: On Working At Girlboss Media, Imposter Syndrome & Astrology

Jerico Mandybur is the editorial director at GIRLBOSS MEDIA. We recorded it in LA in the GIRLBOSS offices. You might have read the book GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (the original founder of Nasty Gal) which was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. Jerico is currently the editorial director of Girlboss media.I had the best time in LA! thank you to Air New Zealand for my flight and Visit California for the most amazing trip. There's lots of content going on my site in the next few weeks.So back to Girlboss Media - it was founded for women redefining success on their own terms. It was also founded by Sophia Amoruso. Girlboss Media was born from the Girlboss book that inspired a generation of women to take action in their own lives.We talk about Jerico's career journey up to now: she previously held senior positions at sites like Mashable (a huge online tech magazine), Oyster Magazine, MTV and ASOS.Jerico also hosts of the podcast Self Service, and weekly guest on Girlboss Radio. Self Service is the second show to launch on Girlboss Radio. It’s described as your cosmic comfort zone where self-care is celebrated, they get real about emotions, have thoughtful, funny conversations, and astrology is discussed in a fun way.We have a great chat about podcasting, work, astrology and imposter syndrome.Fave quotes from the episode:“I think there’s a huge tradition in Western Culture of dismissing anything that goes against materialist rationalist White Male Thought.”“We really want to give equal weight to work and wellness.”“Why hustle if you feel like shit? You need to feel good, to do good.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 32s

#116 Dawn O'Porter: On Not Following The Herd

Dawn O'Porter is a novelist, columnist and broadcaster who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, two songs, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose and The Sunday Times Bestseller The Cows.Dawn helped launch ‘Help Refugees’ in 2015, a charity that sends urgent care to refugees across Europe. She is also the host of ‘Get It On’, a weekly podcast where she interviews interesting people about why they wear what they wear.The Cows is a powerful novel about three women – judging each other, but also themselves. In all the noise of modern life, they need to find their own voice. Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can – though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration, and a life lesson to all. The book is all about how it’s sometimes OK to not follow the herd.In this episode we talk about writing novels, motherhood, growing up, the power of quitting and the importance of knowing yourself the best out of everyone.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 52s

#115: Chantel Pae: How To Work With Influencers

Chantel Pae is the Director of Brand Marketing at ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants. Chantel has over six years of experience focusing on social media strategy and marketing ranging from brands to agencies. ARRIVE was founded by Chris Pardo and Peter Karpinski, who met while working at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in the late 1990s. In 2015, ARRIVE added Chris Putnam to the team. Putnam served as one of Facebook’s first engineers - and one of its youngest after being hired at 19 after notoriously hacking the site in 2005. I spoke to Chantel about hotel marketing, travel influencers, how to connect with the right influencers, the future of the influencer bubble, why you don't need millions of followers to have influence and how to tell real stories online.I interviewed Chantel while I was in Palm Springs and really wanted to chat to her because she's someone doing really cool stuff in the travel and hotels space.Hope you enjoy this episode!Here are some of my favourite quotes from the episode:“I think there’s going to be a little bit of a crash in the influencer market. I think we might even need one.”“I want to see more influencers helping shape the youth to do more.”This episode was NOT paid for, but was organised through Visit Greater Palm Springs visitgreaterpalmsprings.com  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1832m 37s

#114 Gina Martin: On Changing The Law On Upskirting

Gina Martin is a writer and activist in London and currently campaigning to change the law around "upskirting", the act of someone taking a photo up someone's skirt.Gina recently partnered with Refinery 29 UK and created the hashtag #stopskirtingtheissue. In a nutshell, Gina was watching The Killers perform at a music festival last summer, when two guys kept hitting on her and wouldn't take no for an answer. After this happened and after she told the police, she later learned that taking pictures up skirts is not legally classed as a sexual offence under UK law.Taken from Refinery29UK: "Martin threw herself into research and found out that there is no specific legislation against upskirting. Upskirting is already illegal in Scotland after the law was changed by the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. But, under the Sexual Offences Act 2003—a law which pertains to the whole UK—upskirting is not considered a sexual offence."In this episode we discuss how to start a campaign from scratch, the power spreading the word on social media, small acts of activism and how the people around you really matter.A favourite quote from this episode: “I can sound pushy, I can sound bossy, I can sound like I’m being cheeky, but at the end of the day I’m trying to change the law.”If you were inspired by this episode PLEASE do sign the petition to make this illegal under the Sexual Offences Act of 2003: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/887/239/401/   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 51s

#113: Greta Gerwig: On Being a Multi-Hyphenate

I know I say “exciting episode” every week but this really is. I’ve been a huge fan of Greta Gerwig for years. I fell in love with her in the film Frances Ha, 20th Century Women, Mistress America and her brilliant supporting role in Jackie. Now she's nominated for an Oscar for her amazing directorial debut called Ladybird. I saw Ladybird last year at a special press screening and cried and laughed and loved it. Universal then asked if I wanted to interview Greta for my podcast and honestly, I nearly cried again when I got the email. I love her! Ladybird is a comedy-drama written and directed by Greta with a seriously amazing cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein. Set in Sacramento, California, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior played by Saoirse and her turbulent relationship with her mother. The story of female friendship is also really lovely throughout.Go and see LADYBIRD! It’s out in the UK now.Favourite quotes from the episode: “I do not want to perpetuate the myth that I’m a superior being. I do not have gifts outside of the realm of a normal ability to work. I’m super distractible, I can be really lazy."“The older you get, the better you feel.”"I'm not on social media. I was told ‘You have to get on Twitter for your career’."  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 52s

#112 Emily Hill: Anti-Valentine's Episode: On Being Single & Crowdfunding

Emily Hill is journalist and author of Bad Romance. In 2016, she was the commissioning editor at The Spectator. Last August, she was responsible for the magazine’s first ever all-female cover. She has written comment for The Guardian, books reviews for the New Statesman and features for the Mail on Sunday, as well as gathering gossip for the Evening Standard and profiling cult figures for Dazed & Confused. Emily is also a collage artist and she gave me a beautiful collage when we met to record the podcast!This is going live around Valentine's Day and I wanted to dedicate it to talking about being single and what that means right now. Bridget Jones seems outdated and a bit patronising at times, and she ends up with the man in the end, like most literature and film.Emily's book Bad Romance is dark, funny and feminist debut short story collection and I totally loved it. They tell of defiant single women in all shapes and sizes - of career girls, sisters, mothers and lovers, battling through sleepless nights, never-ending parties, grotesque flat shares and office nightmares.These are super-short stories, ideal for anyone on the run who wants to be distracted from the daily commute by plunging into a vivid fictional world. This is a collection made for snatched moments – to be flicked through between deadlines, scrolled through in the bus queue on the screen of a smartphone, devoured along with lunch. Or, like a classic bedtime story, finished in that precious time between putting on pyjamas and collapsing into sleep. Each comic vignette may be read fast but will linger long in the mind.This is a book for fans of Roald Dahl, Saki, Fleabag and Sex in the City.We talk about writing, getting your confidence back (Emily was rejected by lots of literary agents at the beginning) and why getting married or getting engaged aren't necessarily the only big achievements that need celebrating, lots of other parts of our lives deserve parties too.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 11s

#111 Kate Leaver: Moving Cities & Moving On (LIVE Episode at Soho Hotel)

Welcome to a bonus episode of Ctrl Alt Delete, recorded live at the Soho Hotel after a screening of Home Again, a film with the amazing Reese Witherspoon playing the main character Alice Kinney. Recently separated from her husband, (played by Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guesthouse temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice's unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. It's the perfect escapism film, to watch with mates and have a night-in. I also loved how unexpectedly funny it is.The film was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and produced by Nancy Meyers (who directed The Holiday and The Intern, both so good). The film is a modern romantic comedy about love, friendship, and the families we create - themes I wanted to explore further on the podcast.So after the screening, I interviewed my friend and author Kate Leaver, who's book The Friendship Cure comes out in March. She moved from Sydney to London post-break up and knows a lot about friendship, so I wanted to theme this episode around moving away from home, moving to a new place and starting afresh. Thank you to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for making this live recording happen, and just so you know, the DVD and Blu Ray of Home Again is available now, from Feb 5th! Thank you also to the brilliant Shola Aleje who produced this live episode.*This episode is sponsored by Sony Pictures at Home*.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 2s

#110 Jayne Hardy: Self-Care, Depression & Recovery

Jayne Hardy is the Founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation – a Social Enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression. She lost most of her twenties to depression. At the height of her illness she was unable to work, leave the house or even undertake the most basic acts of self-care – in her book she talks about how she lost a tooth because she didn’t feel worthy enough to clean them. She has spoken, and written, about her experiences of depression and self-care, on BBC Radio 2, at TEDxBrum, and in publications such as Huffington Post, Grazia, Virgin.com, to name a few - and now her book is out called The Self-Care Project. She won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2011, and in 2014 was included in Marketing Magazine’s list of Top 10 Digital Mavericks. Jayne has been mentioned as one of 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations. In 2016, Jayne led the viral #whatyoudontsee Social Media campaign.Hope you find this episode informative - I definitely did talking to Jayne. We talk about self-care, how it can be other word of ‘recovery’ when you are ill. We talk about how to help friends who might be pushing you away, the loneliness epidemic, how to be kinder to yourself, and how dismissing the ~self-care trend~ as being fluffy and self-indulgent is kind of missing the point.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 53s

#109: Jojo Moyes: How To Respond To Failure and Feedback

Jojo Moyes is a novelist, best known for her bestselling book Me Before You. Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, before that she was a journalist for 10 years. Her first book Sheltering Rain was published in 2002 Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed. Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo. We spoke about dealing with rejected manuscripts, changing jobs, her new book Still Me, the power of listening to feedback and the excitement of being on a film set when you wrote the main characters.Favourite quotes from this episode:“My publishing career was in such a perilous state at that point I just wanted a book that sold enough for me to keep going as a writer.”“You can only do so much as an author, so much of it depends on timing, it depends on retailers, it depends on whether people like the cover, it can be a million different factors that you have no control over.”“It’s not about how you fail, it’s about how you respond to that failure.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 46s

#108 Anna Hart: On Travel, Writing & Self-Discovery

This episode of Ctrl Alt Delete is all about travel and self-discovery. Anna Hart is my guest today, who is one of my favourite travel writers, and she has just written a book called Departures. Anna Hart writes for The Telegraph, Grazia, GQ, The Guardian and Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times Travel and is contributing travel editor of Stylist magazine. Her book Departures, is published by Little Brown this year exploring the world as a traveller, drawing on 10 years experience of travel writing, and she writes about the highs and lows travelling alone as a woman, showing that even the experts get it wrong (sometimes) and advice on how to get it right. I love this episode. We talk about the importance of unfiltered, non-airbrushed travel stories in a world of glossy travel on Instagram. The truth is travel arrangements can go horribly wrong, things might not go to plan, it can be scary on your own, especially a young woman with a backpack. We talk about the responsibility in only promoting brilliant places: "there's a special place in hell for people that send readers on the wrong holidays". How she wrote her book on paper, to get away from a screen, tips for overcoming travel anxiety if you're a nervous flyer and why luxury is NOT everything. I loved this quote from Anna too: "Your career in your 20s is about what you say yes to, your career in your 30s is really about what you say no to." Hope you ENJOY!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 28s

#107: Lucy Sheridan: How To Stop Comparing And Despairing Online

Lucy Sheridan is the World's first and only "Comparison Coach". She came on the podcast last year to talk about a book she co-authored with fellow lifecoach Jo Westwood. This time, we discuss the dreaded act on social media comparison in all it's ugliness.Lucy is a Hay House author and life coach who specialises in her helping her clients get over the compare and despair that can be heightened via social media. She uses the #comparisonfree hashtag online spreading awareness of how to find the tools to live a comparison free life. She coaches her clients with unique, specialist coaching experiences and events. The Times' calls Lucy "one of the UK's most successful coaches", she was also recently listed in the Sunday Times Style in an article called "Meet The New Wellbeing Coaches", and she’s been featured on Oprah's 'Life Class' series multiple times.I wanted to release this episode about comparison around Christmas time as I think it's a time when we have more time to play around online and maybe part of that means looking at what other people are doing, imagining their perfect lives and scrutinising ourselves. In this episode Lucy and I discuss what our own personal comparison triggers are, what to do when *you're* the trigger for someone else's comparison, online mental health, and setting your own personal and professional boundaries. I’m proud to be sharing this very honest episode on comparison, and I hope you enjoy it! You can find Lucy Sheridan here http://www.proofcoaching.com/ or on Instagram @lucysheridan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1832m 0s

#106: Gretchen Rubin: New Year, Same You?

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential writers and thought leaders on happiness and human nature. I first discovered Gretchen a few years ago via her popular podcast The Happiness Project, which she hosts with her sister Elizabeth; they bring practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits into your ears. She’s the author of many books, 8 now in total, including the New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold almost three million copies worldwide, and been translated into more than thirty languages. Her newest bestseller The Four Tendencies is what we talk about on the podcast. The Four Tendencies is a book and framework for figuring out your own personality traits. In a nutshell: Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations. Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense. Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves. Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. I did the test, and got Upholder - but turns out I’m more of a Questioner. You can do the quiz here, which over a million people have now taken: https://bit.ly/HabitsQuizHope you enjoy this episode on happiness, habits, embracing your personality traits, learning from others and the process behind how Gretchen writes her bestselling non-fiction books. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1828m 24s

#105: Tom Chatfield: How To Spot Bullsh*t

Tom Chatfield is a leading writer, thinker and speak on technology and digital culture. We sat on a panel together a few years back and I loved what he had to say. He’s consulted for firms ranging from Google, Coca Cola to Time Out, he is interested in improving our experiences of digital culture, with a special interest in A.I., the psychology of human-machine interactions and the ethics of tech.He’s a TED Global speaker (with ver 1 million of his talk “7 Ways Games Reward the Brain”) and a prolific author. Tom’s 7th book CRITICAL THINKING has just come out with Sage publishing and it's a brilliant book full of tools on how to think more clearly in this age of digital overwhelm. He is a columnist for BBC’s worldwide technology site and BBC Future and guest lectures at universities in the UK and all over Europe. He has written for the Financial Times, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Sunday Times, New Statesman, New Scientist and Wired. He took his doctorate at St John’s College, Oxford, and was named one of the world’s 100 leading thinkers by think tank LSDP. He knows his stuff. We talk about the word ‘expert’ and what that actually means, how to sniff out bullshit online, the future of tech and how to deal with incessant emails. Hope you enjoy this one.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1844m 37s

#104 Lauren Laverne: On The Joy & Intimacy Of Audio

So excited to have Lauren Laverne on the podcast today! Lauren Laverne is a radio DJ, television presenter, author and co-founder of the award-winning digital platform The Pool. She has presented TV shows including 10 O'Clock Live for Channel 4, and The Culture Show and coverage of the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. She currently presents a radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music and also Late Night Woman's Hour. We discuss the fact that Late Night Woman's Hour podcast has it's own dedicated podcast (very exciting), why she started the award-winning digital platform The Pool, some advice for young women, the evolution of audio, the joy of radio and why privacy matters in the social media age.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1848m 7s

#103 Why Is Talking About Money So Awkward? (Live Podcast at Starling Bank)

I did a live podcast recording of Ctrl Alt Delete at Starling Bank offices where we spoke about the awkwardness of money and the taboo that surrounds it. How often do you check your bank account? What keeps you up at night? Why don't we talk about these things?It's a weird, emotional, vulnerable topic. We all have our own personal relationship with money and we all keep a lot hidden in the depths of our own minds. For this very special one-off live recording of Ctrl Alt Delete, hosted at Starling Bank offices, I wanted the whole episode to be around this topic and open up a wider conversation.We spoke about all sorts of different areas of money awkwardness: asking for it, not having it, having a lot of it, social sitchs when you have more than your friends, or less than your partner, or wanting a raise at work, or saving for a child, or late-night worries in bed and wtf is an ISA and oh shit moments when you realise you don't have a pension. We covered a lot and the aim of the night wasn't to financially advise but to get us simply *talking* about money in an open non-awk way. Sarah who works at Starling shows her colleagues her bank balance most days as they work on the live app. That level of transparency scares me, but I also want to be more open, with myself and others.The panelists for this event were Michelle Kennedy from Peanut app, Serena Guen the founder of SUITCASE, Otegha Uwagba founder of Women Who and best-selling author of The Little Black Book and Sarah Guha from Starling Bank. Thank you to my amazing panellists for for wearing your hearts on your sleeve for the recording. Think it was the most vulnerable live recording I've personally done. And the questions from the audience were ace. And thank you to those that came and people who listen to the podcast. I started it at home with minimal DIY tools and so to partner with brands I respect and admire is just amazing. I frigging love this community. PHOTO CREDIT: Marcus Hessenberg / Audio producer: Shola Aleje  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1857m 44s

#102 June Sarpong: How To Diversify Your Life

Welcome to my exciting episode with the incredible June Sarpong. We discuss her new book Diversify backstage at Stylist Live. I've wanted to meet June for ages, so this is a VERY exciting episode! June has enjoyed a 20-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognisable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts. June has also taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.June has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for ten years as an ambassador for his charity the Prince's Trust. June was awarded an MBE on the Queens 2007 new years honours list for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her along with Princess Anne’s daughter Zarah Phillips one of the youngest people to receive an MBE.We talk about how to lead a more inclusive lifestyle, why it's important to have difficult conversations and how to get out of your own 'bubble'. Hope you enjoy this episode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 48s

#101 Hannah Jewell: A Nasty Woman Special

Hannah Jewell is a pop culture host at The Washington Post, and a former senior writer at BuzzFeed, where she became known for her humour writing - she presented BuzzFeed's live 2016 election night show, which was watched by nearly 7 million people.She has also now written a book called 100 Nasty Women of History. All about brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know.The book is about women in history who were deemed too nasty for their times. When you learn about (the very few) women in history, it's hard not to wonder: why do they seem so prim and proper? The truth is, (mostly male) historians keep glossing over the real details, or leaving out the women who threatened their idea of what a woman should be like. They’re intelligent, ahead of their time, some overthrew empires, and some just wanted to have a good time – obviously none of which were acceptable at the time.It’s sort of history the way you’d tell it to your friends at the pub – full of the salacious, the mind boggling and downright brutal happenings, as well as plenty of modern day judgement.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 24s

#100: A Special 100th Episode Rewind

Today my 100th episode has gone live! That’s 100 guests, 100 locations, 100 different topics, over 1 million downloads and whole load of listening, from me as the host, and listeners all around the world. I think this calls for a digital celebration and some trip-down-memory-lane reflection. I wasn’t really going to do anything for my 100th episode, until I realised that no-one is responsible for shouting about anything for you – it’s up to you! If you want to say “WOO HOO” about something then do it. And hey, that’s what having a blog is for. This 100th episode is a compilation-style medley of some of my favourite interviews and some behind-the-scenes chat in between each clip about what I’ve learned and enjoyed along the way, including snippets from Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Will Young, Deborah Frances-White and Nimko Ali.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 50s

#99 Will Storr: Selfies, Self-esteem & Our Environment

This episode is with Will Storr, journalist and author of many books including his most recent work of non-fiction called SELFIE. We talk about his new book Selfie: how we became so self-obsessed and what it’s doing to us. He unpicks our society’s longing for self-esteem and where this came from – and how we are products of our own environment. Why do we have to be confident extroverts to be successful? Truth is, we don’t. He writes that the perfect self is propaganda and doesn’t actually exist. It’s rather liberating to hear Will’s thoughts on how you don’t have to be the person the media wants you be. We also chatted a bit about the future of work, we have a friendly conversational debate and seeing it from each other’s perspectives. We live in a world where people are so one-sided most of the time, and Will gives some tips at the end on how to spot if you are holding an idea too sacred and how to be more self-aware. Hope you enjoy this one!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 49s

#98 Anne Boden: Money Isn't A Taboo Subject

Today’s episode is with Anne Boden, CEO of Starling Bank. I’m proud to have partnered with Starling to talk more about money, a topic I don't think we talk enough about. Starling is a mobile-only bank, and they believe everyone should be able to enjoy a healthy financial life. I love that Starling is spear-headed by a woman and Anne’s passion for helping me manage their money better. I feel its important we talk about money more, especially when pay gaps still exist and money is such an emotional subject that is often felt like a taboo. I am working with Starling on some exciting things coming up - keep an eye on my Twitter or Instagram for more news. You can get it on Android and Apple and just visit Starlingbank.com for more info and to download it. Can I also recommend their blog post called Women in Finance Charter talking all about how to get more women into senior tech positions. As CEO Anne overseas everything at Starling. After graduating in computer science and chemistry, she started her career at Lloyds Bank, where she helped implement the UK’s first real-time payments system. She worked at UBS, before becoming Head of EMEA for RBS across 34 countries. After the financial crisis, Anne spoke to people around the world about the changes in banking and technology and works to find solutions to the restrictions still imposed by outdated technology. in 2014 Starling was founded and Anne’s vision for Starling is to build the best bank account in the world.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1834m 35s

#97 Viv Groskop: Even Tolstoy Got Trolled

Viv Groskop is a writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. Viv’s brand new 2017 show ANCHORWOMAN: WHEN THE NEWS GETS TOO MUCH was performed at Edinburgh Fringe this year and featured on: BBC R2 and BBC R4. We chat about Viv’s new book, acquired by Penguin The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. Viv is also a Columnist and agony aunt called Dear Viv at The Pool. She reviews TV for the Guardian and is the author of “stand-up meets mid-life crisis memoir” I Laughed, I Cried. AND she was shortlisted Glamour Woman of the Year: Columnist of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016. We talk about how you shouldn't rush creative projects, how trolling isn’t new, how her new book was in the works for 15 years and how to many projects on the go at the same.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1853m 44s

#96 Rae Earl: "Snowflake" Is A Bullsh*t Word

Rae Earl is a brilliant author. Her books My Mad Fat Diary & My Madder Fatter Diary have been made into a TV show that is shown in over 50 countries worldwide including the USA, Brazil, South Korea & Morocco. My Mad Fat Diary has been nominated for 2 BAFTAS, 2 RTS awards, an international Emmy award and has won 2 MIND Media awards. Her mental heath guide It’s All in Your Head is out now – and it is a hug in a book. Rae has written articles for The Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, Elle Australia and Sarah Millican’s The Standard Issue online magazine and has featured in The Telegraph, Heat, Grazia and The Times. In this episode with talk about mental health, the term “snowflakes”, how to have an argument online and how to know what to share online.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1841m 49s

#95 Joe Lycett: Comedy, Sexuality and Hecklers

Joe Lycett is a comedian and author. He has appeared on TV shows including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and many many more. Recently Joe has made several guest appearances on "Sunday Brunch" in the absence of one of the regular hosts. Next year he is going on a brand new tour next year called I'M ABOUT TO LOSE CONTROL AND I THINK JOE LYCETT. He’ll be performing his show in most cities around the UK and to buy tickets and find out more go to joelycett.com Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. In 2016 "Parsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a time" was published and we talk about this on the podcast,the paperback version is out now. We have a good old chinwag about life as a comedian, nerves, sexuality, trolls and in general just some lols.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 7s

#94 Giovanna Fletcher: Motherhood & The Internet

Giovanna Fletcher is a Sunday Times bestselling author, actress and vlogger.Her first book, Billy and Me was released in May 2013, and a year later she returned with a second title, You’re the One That I Want, in 2014. Then another book in 2015, and another one in 2016! I was so excited to talk to Giovanna about her writing and creative processes and where she gets all her ideas from. We also chatted about friendship, motherhood and living life online as a parent in the public eye. Hope you enjoy this episode. Her podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby is released on September 5th, make sure you subscribe!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 20s

#93 Will Young: On Boundaries & Redefining Success

I’m so excited to bring you this episode with Will Young. Obviously I know Will from his Pop Idol success back in the noughties - I was a fan then and I am now too, but for a different reason: his new podcast with his friend Chris Sweeney called HOMO SAPIENS is brilliant. They describe it as “two gay guys talking to people we think are interesting” and were heavily inspired by BBC's Woman's Hour. Episode 1 was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of decriminalisation of homosexuality. Each weekly episode tackles a diverse mix of LGBTQ+ subjects. Of course we all know Will for his pop classics and right now Will is continuing Summer Jazz Sessions with performances at music festivals and BBC’s I Feel Love concert. He is doing a series of talks about mental health at Latitude, Wilderness and Soul Circus and has an upcoming UK tour of the musical ‘Cabaret’. He's been nominated for an Olivier Award and was also nominated for the Guardian Pride Power List 2017. Subscribe to Homo Sapiens on iTunes or Acast. Hope you enjoy this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1845m 37s

#92 Rebecca Holman: Are you an Alpha or a Beta?

Rebecca Holman is the editor of The Debrief and the author of BETA: Quiet Girls Can Run The World. Rebecca was also my boss when I worked at The Debrief years ago, and so it was nice to catch up with her, especially as she also featured me in her book (which you should all read). Rebecca’s book BETA is published on 24th August '17 and takes a look at the two stereotypes of women in the workplace: the Alpha boss, or the Beta secretary or assistant. Rebecca is self-defined as a straight up Beta and she describes the differences between the two terms on the podcast. Obviously being reduced to two stereotypes isn’t massively helpful and of course there is a sliding scale. What if you’re a Beta who wants to lead and be the boss in the workplace - like Rebecca? Can you be a successful boss who is also quiet, reserved and likes going home on time? BETA celebrates the collaborators and the people who believe that being nice works and getting your own way isn't always the most important thing. It is a call-to-arms that explores the unsung workforce of BETA women who are being great bosses, great leaders and are still living their own lives: having relationships, making time for friends, having families.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 44s

#91 Michelle Kennedy: On Friendship & Motherhood

Michelle Kennedy is the CEO and co-founder of Peanut, an app for Mums who want to make new friends. She started Peanut after struggling to meet other mums she could relate to while also working. After finding herself trawling blogs for baby advice at 2am while her friends were still hanging out in clubs, she decided to create a product to make being a mum a little less lonely. Michelle started her career as a lawyer at leading international law firm, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she transformed the internal legal offering within Badoo, and eventually rose to the role of Deputy CEO. During her tenure at Badoo, Michelle was integral to the the launch of Bumble.                     We talk about friendship, motherhood, competitiveness and being kinder to ourselves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1832m 57s

#90 Lily Cole & Henry Holland: The Problem With Plastic

This is a slightly different episode. I interview artist and activist Lily Cole and British fashion designer Henry Holland and a handful of other people who are all behind BRITA’S #SWAPFORGOOD campaign. This campaign is to raise awareness of the 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles that end up in seas and landfill every year and the fact that by 2050 there is a good chance there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Pretty horrifying stats. Henry Holland and BRITA have teamed up to create two powerful slogan tees that were made using plastic that might otherwise have ended up in the sea and landfill. The limited edition t-shirts will be sold on HouseofHolland.co.uk from 20th July, at £30, with profits donated to the Marine Conservation Society (@MCS). In this episode we talk tips on how live more consciously, how plastic waste is harming our planet and how something as simple as having a refillable water bottle means you aren’t just using plastic bottles once and then binning them. Hope you find this episode interesting and maybe even some food for thought.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1819m 28s

#89 Cathy Rentzenbrink: How To Deal With Heartache

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love. She was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and she now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and one of my personal favourite memoirs of last year. It tells the story of Cathy and her family coming to terms with a horrific accident involving her younger brother Matty and the heartbreaking aftermath of what happened. It deals with grief, heartbreak, family and the human experience of dealing with something awful that changes your life forever. Her second book is out now, called A Manual for Heartache. It’s taking her experiences told in her first book and giving practical tips to readers. She describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming. It's a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they're not alone.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 10s

#88 Lucy Vine: Hot Messes vs Cool Girls vs Bridgets Joneses

Lucy Vine is a freelance journalist based in London, who regularly writes and edits for the likes of Grazia, Heat, Cosmo, Stylist and Marie Claire. She also writes a weekly newsy column for Grazia Daily. She was fed up of seeing the happily-ever-afters in films, so she decided to write her own story and her debut Hot Mess is the result. Hot Mess has been described as the hilarious laugh-out-loud Bridget Jones for a new generation. We talk about female friendship, "Cool Girls", being single, external life pressures, turning 30 and the horrors of 21st century dating.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 48s

#87 Matt Haig: Twitter, Time and Mental Health

Matt Haig is a brilliant author who writes for both children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller last year, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children's book A Boy Called Christmas was a huge hit recently, translated in over 25 languages and being made into a film by Studio Canal. The Guardian called it an 'instant classic' and his fans include Neil Gaiman. His novels for adults include the award-winning The Radleys and The Humans. His newest book How To Stop Time is out now - the main protagonist Tom has a secret - he may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581, this rare condition means he’s been alive for centuries. It’s also being made into a film with Benedict Cumberbatch as Tom - so it’s all been kicking off for Matt Haig, things are very exciting indeed. We talk about his new novel, his relationship with time, how to deal when your memoir is a viral hit and you become a meme, and realistic writing tips.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 9s

#86 Tavi Gevinson: Our Past Online Selves

Excited to bring you today’s episode with the amazing Tavi Gevinson. I’ve followed her career for years, her fashion blog Style Rookie was one of the first blogs I ever read which she founded when she was 11. I also really enjoyed her TED talk she did back in 2012 all about being a teen and figuring stuff out. Tavi Gevinson is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Rookie Magazine shifting her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion - it broke one-million page views within five days of launching in September 2011 when she was only 15 years old. She wanted to create a space for teen girls as she "couldn't find a publication for young people that respected its readers' intelligence, honestly addressed what they were going through, and had actual teens writing for it". She has also recently launched the Rookie Podcast in collaboration with MTV where she interviews artists who also answer advice and talk through Rookie type subjects. We chat about growing up online, accepting our past online selves and managing multiple different platforms.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1827m 36s

#85 Otegha Uwagba: How To Build Your Own Brand

Otegha Uwagba is the author of The Little Black Book and founder of Women Who.Women Who is a London-based platform she created to connect, support and and inspire creative working women. Besides running Women Who, she is also a freelance writer for places like ELLE and an occasional brand consultant, having spent years working at Vice and huge creative agencies.So in this episode we talk about her first book, Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women which I read last year when she first self-published it on her own. I’m so happy for Otegha that it’s been published this year by the incredible publishers 4th Estate. We talk about design, building your own brand, how to set high standards but how to not let being a perfectionist hold you back.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 0s

#84 Chloe Brotheridge: Let's Talk About Anxiety

Chloe Brotheridge is a fully qualified hypnotherapist, nutritionist and the author of The Anxiety Solution, which was published by Penguin earlier this year. She likes to help people with anxiety, confidence, public speaking, stress and sleep issues, and her hypnotherapy sessions helping make changes to people’s thoughts, feelings, habits or behaviours. She aims to get you the best results in the shortest amount of time, using around 3-5 sessions. In this episode, we discuss how anxiety is on the rise, how we deal with it, what to do when we feel overwhelmed, our relationship with social media and we discuss some of the practical advice in her brilliant book The Anxiety Solution.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 15s

#83 Vanessa Van Edwards (Behavioural Investigator): On First Impressions & How To Be Memorable

Vanessa Van Edwards is an author, Huffington Post columnist and behavioural investigator. Sheconsults Fortune 500 companies and is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting human behaviour for audiences around the world. Vanessa’s groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. She has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. In her own words she loves inappropriately intimate questions and eavesdropping on strangers conversations in coffee shops. she loves to figure people out. Vanessa doesn’t believe there are boring people—just individuals afraid to expose who the really are.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 34s

#82 Reni Eddo-Lodge: Books, Privilege, Feminism & Structural Racism

Reni Eddo-Lodge is an award winning writer and author of the forthcoming Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Her new book Why I'm published by Bloomsbury Books in the UK, Australia & New Zealand on 1st June 2017, and the United States on 5th December 2017. 2015 Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James writing that it was 'essential'. Her book explores issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, she offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today. Her writing can be found at The New York Times, British Vogue, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist Magazine, The Pool and many more. Her writing achieved a high commendation from Channel 4's Best Young Blogger competition in 2010; she was also listed in the Daily Telegraph’s "Women to Follow on Twitter" in December 2013. In January 2014, The Voice newspaper named her in their list of Ones to Watch. Reni has appeared on Sky News, BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour, and BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves, discussing feminist issues. In April 2014, she was a judge in the BBC Woman's Hour Power List 2014.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 28s

#81 Juno Dawson: The Gender Games

Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of ten books. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Her latest novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (which came out in January in 2017) and her memoir THE GENDER GAMES is out now. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman. On the cover of The Gender Games it says "the problem with men and woman - from someone who has been both." This book isn't just about how the conversation around gender is screwing over trans people (which it certainly is), it's messing with everyone. Little girls who are told they can't be doctors, men who can't cry because they feel they shouldn't, exclusionist feminism and the alt-right. Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Guardian and has been on BBC Woman’s Hour, ITV News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity and education.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 45s

#80 Sali Hughes: Saying No & Keeping Your Integrity

Sali Hughes is an author, broadcaster, Guardian columnist and founder of the award-winning salihughesbeauty.com. She is a former magazine editor, has written extensively for Grazia, The Observer, Elle, Stylist, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and is Contributing Editor at Red magazine. She has also written a beauty column for The Guardian for many years. Sali has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Sky News, BBC2’s Newsnight and This Morning and Lorraine. Her YouTube series of “In The Bathroom With…” interviews won two major beauty industry awards in 2014. Sali’s first book, Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion, was published in September 2014 by Fourth Estate (Harper Collins) and her second book is called Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look At The Beauty Products That Changed The World. Both are brilliant. We talk beauty and self-care, keeping your integrity, how your career is long so don’t be a dick - and how to cope when social media is too overwhelming to handle sometimes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 18s

#79 Jen Sincero: Let's Talk About MONEY

Jen Sincero is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, life coach and motivational speaker. She has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her seminars, public appearances and books. Before this, Jen Sincero worked at CBS Records. In her words she “played in several failed rockbands, she had a string of loser boyfriends and never any money in her bank account.” Then she decided something had to change. Jen’s book YOU ARE A BADASS was a No.1 New York Times bestseller staying in the chart for 55 weeks. YOU ARE A BADASS has sold over 1 million copies globally and hit over 10 bestseller lists in 2016. It was published in the UK in autumn 2016 and it immediately sold out 50k copies. You are a Badass at Making Money is the follow up to this crazy successful first book and so this whole episode is about money — our relationship with it, giving our self permission to make money, our fear of it, why it’s still seems like a taboo to talk about it. Hope you enjoy this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 42s

#78 Deborah Frances-White: Guilty Feminists! Include Yourself

Deborah Frances-White is the host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, a founding member of The Spontaneity Shop, co-author of The Improv Handbook, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, corporate speaker and executive coach and is passionate about helping women in business to unlock their personal power. On May 22nd Deborah is running a Guilty Feminist ‘Include Yourself’ leadership day at Kings Place, where she’ll be encouraging women to learn how to be more visible and audible and have less apology and self-doubt. To buy tickets, go to guiltyfeminist.com and click on "Include Yourself" section. We talk more about it on the podcast as well as Deborah’s extremely interesting multi-faceted career.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 36s

#77 Emily Reynolds: The Internet & Mental Health

Recorded live at Waterstones, London on May 11th, 2017. Emily Reynolds is a writer and author, based in London, specialising in features and opinion on mental health, tech, science and gender. She has bylines at NY Mag, the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, BBC and many more. She has appeared on Newstalk, the FiveThirtyEight podcast, Radio 4's Today Programme and Woman's Hour. Her first book, A Beginner's Guide To Losing Your Mind, was released in February 2017. In 2016 she co-founded the Words by Women Awards, the only general UK awards for women journalists. It received thousands of nominations and had press coverage on Radio 4 and in the Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator and more. The Society of Editors formed an advisory group to deal with diversity following the success of the awards.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 47s

#76 Daisy Buchanan Q&A [BONUS]: Femvertising, Freelancing & Feminism

I interviewed Daisy Buchanan for episode #71 and we also did a Twitter Q&A around her book How To Be A Grown-Up which is out NOW. So, enjoy this bonus extra episode from that interview! We talk about the phrase "real women", femvertising, activism as a trend, male feminism, freelancing advice and more. Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Last year she won the Words by Women Lifestyle Journalist award and Dating Journalist of the Year at the UK Dating Awards. She was Grazia’s agony aunt and is the author of How To Be A Grown Up which is out now with Headline. She writes regularly for the Debrief, Esquire, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1821m 28s

#75 Gemma Cairney (Recorded With Live Audience): Toxic Friends & Heartache

This episode was audio produced by Shola Aleje and Marcus Hessenberg. In this episode, I sat with Gemma Cairney in the basement of Tottenham Court Road Waterstones and we talked about the ups and downs of *life* and all the important themes in Gemma's new book. We discuss how to deal with toxic friendships, how to work professionally with friends, how to deal with life and work "overwhelm", how to create boundaries, GIRL POWER, period leaks, heart-ache and heartbreak, mental health, empathy, anger management, how we can look after our bodies, teens, activism...THE LOT. Hope you enjoy the episode. It was a big open-hearted chat and I loved it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 14s

#74 Seth Godin: Educating Yourself & False Fear

Seth Godin is a legend. The author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is something spreads ideas and writes about marketing, leadership and change. Some of his most well-known books are Linchpin, Tribes, and Purple Cow which I mention on this podcast in conversation. It's a book that has really inspired me - it's all about how to be remarkable and stand out. His blog (which you can find by typing "seth" into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Seth is well-known in the publishing industry, mainly since launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His newest book, What To Do When It's Your Turn, is already a bestseller. We talk about personal branding, fear, education, making decisions and teaching yourself. I hope you enjoy this episode. He's a real hero of mine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 43s

#73 Lilly Singh: How To Be A BAWSE

Lilly Singh is an extremely popular and talented entertainer who has found worldwide fame through her YouTube channel which currently has over 11 million subscribers. She has interviewed everyone from Michelle Obama to Bill Gates and makes amazing weekly videos. She was featured in Forbes' 2016 30 Under 30 and in 2016 was named the top earning female YouTuber in the world. Lilly’s book teaches readers how to be their own bawse, a person who exudes confidence and reaches goals. Inspired by hilarious and honest stories from Lilly's own experiences and life achievements, this book proves that becoming a bawse requires hard work and dedication – and that there are no shortcuts to success.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1823m 43s

#72 Victoria Magrath (In The Frow): Getting a PHD, Brands & YouTube

Victoria is one of the top bloggers and YouTubers in the luxury fashion space - her blog In The Frow is an award-winning blog which has a huge global audience. Victoria has a PHD in fashion, started her career as a Fashion Marketing Lecturer at the University of Manchester and is now a L’Oreal Paris hair ambassador. She was also in a huge Princes Trust L’Oreal campaign alongside people such as Helen Mirren, Katie Piper and Cheryl Cole. In 2016, Victoria was also nominated for a Glamour Woman of the Year Award and won Best UK Fashion Blog in the Vuelio Blog Awards. Victoria has worked with a huge number of established fashion and beauty brands, including Burberry, Dior, Armani, Coach, Clarins, Net-A-Porter, Selfridges. In this episode we break some YouTuber myths, talk work life balance, self doubt and how having your own platform can give you so much opportunity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 29s

#71 Daisy Buchanan (Author): How To Be A Grown-Up (Or At Least Try)

Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Last year she won the Words by Women Lifestyle Journalist award and Dating Journalist of the Year at the UK Dating Awards. She was Grazia's agony aunt and is the author of How To Be A Grown Up which is out now with Headline. She writes regularly for the Debrief, Esquire, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The Telegraph. We talk about book writing, jealousy, creating boundaries, why quitting can be a good thing and whether or not any of us ever feel like a grown-up.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 27s

#70 Melissa Hemsley: On Home-Cooking + Meditation

Melissa is a food lover and one half of the Hemsley+Hemsley sisters. She is a cookbook author with a London cafe ‘HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY at Selfridges’ and a Channel 4 TV series that celebrates great ingredients and easy home cooking. Melissa’s new book ‘EAT HAPPY: 30 minute Feelgood Food’ is out Jan 2018 and she is committed to bold, simple, healthy food based around accessible ingredients and innovative recipes that everyone can cook. Melissa is passionate about cutting down on food waste, transforming leftovers and spreading love through food and is proud to have worked with CookforSyria.com, Headtalks.com a place where you can find inspiring talks on mental health and wellbeing and is a judge for the YBFs (Young British Foodies).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 56s

#69 Bryony Gordon: Mental Health & Marathons

Bryony Gordon is a writer and columnist at the Telegraph and a Sunday Times bestselling author of two memoirs, The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl. The Wrong Knickers came out in 2014, a memoir of "hedonistic antics" during her single life and Mad Girl picked in the most recent Richard and Judy Book Club is an honest account of life living a mental illness specifically OCD. Last year, Bryony founded Mental Health Mates a regular meet-up for people with mental health issues, where they could walk and talk without fear of judgement. It’s grown hugely and is now situated in several locations around the UK and in America. We talk about how running has helped Bryony’s mental health, how she works and writes, what it means to have a book about mental health in mainstream book clubs, and why it’s OK to have bad days, weeks or years sometimes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1834m 56s

#68 with Lena Dunham: Dealing With Life Online & Offline

I met Lena Dunham in 2014 when I interviewed her for an online magazine about her book and since then we’ve kept in touch. She has been a huge supportive influence, also having generously given me a quote for my book. She needs no introduction really but here it is. It is safe to say she is one of the most successful women in the biz right now. Lena Dunham is a Golden Globe winner, best known for writing, directing, producing and acting in Girls HBO. Her first big break was in 2010, when her film Tiny Furniture and won the South by Southwest Film Festival's best narrative feature award. In 2014 she released her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned which went on to be a New York Times Bestseller (no surprises there.) In 2015 she founded the online feminist Lenny Letter with her creative partner Jenni Konner. They have an advertising partnership with Hearst and they now have their own imprint at Penguin Random House. Her podcast Women of the Hour is also one of my favourites which you should definitely go and listen to. She is an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood and speaks honestly and openly about her struggles with endometriosis. It was an absolute treat getting to hang out with Lena on a fun sunny Friday morning in London in her hotel room. Love this episode.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 9s

#67 Alice Lowe (Filmmaker) - Recorded at The BFI with a live audience

Alice Lowe is a director, actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles in the Garth Marenghi series and as the lead and co-writer of the 2012 film Sightseers. Her new film is out NOW (in UK and now America) called Prevenge, a comedy-slasher film about a pregnant woman seeking revenge. Alice appeared in the action comedy film Hot Fuzz, and took a lead role in the 2012 film Sightseers, the third production from director Ben Wheatley. Sightseers was written by Alice with Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump. Alice also had a role in the Edgar Wright-directed film The World’s End. We recorded this podcast at the BFI with a live audience which was so much fun. It’s a little longer than my usual episodes. We LOVED recording it with a crowd and thank you to the BFI for hosting Ctrl Alt Delete.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/181h 7m

#66 Imrie Morgan: Building A Platform For Black British Millennials

Imrie Morgan is the Co-Founder and CEO of the ShoutOut Network and the Co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. This podcast is one of the first UK podcasts to be made by and for black British women - it’s been covered by places like The Debrief and Refinery 29 and is expanding into live events and sponsorship with big brands. All the podcasts on the Shout Out next work are hosted by people from underrepresented backgrounds - it now has 5 podcasts on the roster, covering pop-culture, history, books, comedy, philosophy, theatre, film and music and it’s growing. The books podcast is called Mostly Lit and was one of iTunes best podcasts of 2016. I really love and respect what Imrie is doing and wanted to talk to her about how she founded the network, the power of podcasting, the challenges along the way and why it’s so important to have a platform and a voice online.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 20s

#65 Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere

Today's episode is with Gilllian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel. Gillian is an actress, activist and writer, probably best known for her iconic roles in the X Files and The Fall. Jennifer is a qualified barrister who, after reporting for the BBC and Channel 4 News, became ITN’s Home Affairs Editor. She has also written a non-fiction book which was made into a channel 4 documentary and a novel called Pretty Thing. They’ve together written a book called WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. Gillian and Jennifer are two good friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, figuring stuff out, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying – WE is a not a big heavy theoretical read but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. It combines tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, to find a more fulfilling way of living life. It’s a really wonderful book which lots of advice that I feel the authors are passing on to their selves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1823m 55s

#64 Elan Mastai: Dystopian Worlds & Winging It

Elan has worked in the film industry for years and is best known for writing the award-winning screenplay for What If? starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. All Our Wrong Todays is Elan’s debut novel and the film rights for the adaptation have been secured by Paramount and producer Amy Pascal (who produced the female Ghostbusters). Elan is currently writing the screenplay for film development. So the premise of the book? It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems – there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have access to a time machine? Something very stupid indeed. Want to know more - you'll have to buy the book.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 45s

#63 Liv Purvis (Bonus Episode): Comparing and Despairing

Liv is a popular YouTuber, blogger, Instagrammer and is currently nominated for a GLAMOUR Woman Of The Year Award. Her blog ‘What Olivia Did’ has grown into an outlet for everything from personal style, travel, food, music and beauty, as well as interviews with inspiring women who she admires. Mixing ethereal photography with her instinctive style and beautiful attention to detail. Olivia has recently collaborated with Lancôme at the Bafta’s, Boden, Miss Selfridge, Kate Spade, Estee Lauder to name a few and is represented by Storm Models. In this episode we talk about comparing ourselves to other people online and how to deal.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1822m 17s

#62 Jess Phillips: On Speaking The Truth

My guest today is Jess Phillips a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley in the 2015 general election. I don't quite where to start with Jess - she's an author, an equalities campaigner, a mum and a community activist --- and before being elected to Parliament, managed Women's Aid a charity supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Tom and her 2 young sons. Jess has dedicated her career to improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. In her time at the charity the services she has created with her colleagues have supported thousands of women and children and the prevention programme she devised has been delivered to over 5000 people. Jess's book is out now: Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth. The Guardian says "joyfully candid and very funny." J.K Rowling says:"Jess Phillips is a heroine". The book talks about growing up, careers, equality, violence against women, sisterhood, elections, motherhood, the Internet and it's already a bestseller. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1834m 53s

#61 Tiffanie Darke: Generation X vs Millennials

Tiffanie Darke is someone I've admired for years. She was the editor of Sunday Times Style for 12 years, then the creative content director at News UK. She has a new book that has just come out called "This is 40: whatever happened to Generation X", where she has interviewed some of the most iconic Gen X’ers such as Pearl Lowe, Richard Reed and Blur’s bassist Alex James to look at how Gen X live their life in between being young and old. She's also written two novels - her first novel, MARROW, was shortlisted for the WH Smith Fresh Talent award. In this episode we talk about the myth of "having it all", burn-out, the differences between Gen X and Millennials and how to go after the life you want.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 36s

#60 Grace Victory: On Building Confidence & Staying In Your Own Lane

Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger, YouTuber and TV presenter and soon to be author. She was voted best YouTuber for Cosmopolitan Magazine and was awarded Most Inspiring Role Model by InStyle Magazine. Grace is an inspiration to thousands of young people around the world and hailed as the “most inspiring person on the net” and the “Internet's Big Sister”, being one of the only mainstream fashion and beauty bloggers to cover mental health issues. Last year Grace made her BBC 3 documentary debut called Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets. The documentary was one of the most watched shows on BBC Three Online, achieving over 1.5 million views. Grace's second documentary for BBC Three, The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of The Puppy Trade is a hard hitting look at the designer dogs industry. Grace has exclusively presented London Fashion Week and has worked with brands including Clinique, L'Oreal, ASOS, Rimmel and New Look, the list goes on. She speaks about bullying, anxiety and body image and i respect her hugely and her debut book NO FILTER is out with Headline is out July 27th which you can now pre-order.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1832m 50s

#59 Sian Clifford - Fleabag & Finding Calm

Sian Clifford is an actress, producer, writer and founder of Still Space. Sian is probably most recently known for playing Claire in the wildly successful TV show Fleabag last year. Fleabag was endorsed by pretty much everyone - Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, Lena Dunham & The New York Times. She recently won the Hay House & Psychologies “New Wise Voice” competition which meant being published in Psychologies magazine and delivered a talk at the Hay House event “Ignite”. In this episode we spoke about Sian’s acting, the importance of meditation, how to get over an argument and ways you can be more still and present in your everyday life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1843m 16s

#58 Sophie Kinsella - A Not So Perfect Life

Sophie Kinsella is an international bestselling author - she has sold 7 million copies of her books worldwide and is a household name after finding fame with her hugely popular Shopaholic series in 2000. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages and her Shopaholic novels were made into films starring Isla Fisher. Last year, she made her first foray into the YA world with Finding Audrey - which was chosen by Zoella in her WHSmith 2017 book club. Her new book, My Not So Perfect Life is about the way that social media makes us feel. The way we look at other people’s Instagram feeds and think ‘god, their life is perfect’ and comparing ourselves to others and have “perfect” role models on the other side of a computer screen. In this episode we talk about our addiction to social media, Sophie’s writing process, how to find and commit to new ideas and the temptation of online comparison.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 19s

#57 Scarlett Curtis - Collaboration, Campaigning & Taking Action

We talk about campaigning, collaboration and the influence of having parents who are very active in the charity space - the filmmaker Richard Curtis and script-writer Emma Freud - they play a big role in not-for-profit organisations such as Project Everyone and the Global Goals. Although they are many dark corners of the Intenet, we talk about the positives: how communities you create via Internet and blogging can help save your life. Scarlett has launched an initiative recently called Un-Idle Collective. They will be hosting meet ups to discuss political and personal issues affecting the world and this week was the first one, we discussed things such as intersectional feminism, the refugee crisis, sustainability, politics, working parents and lots more. It’s about doing something, however small, and about incorporating activism into your daily life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 18s

#56 Dolly Alderton (Sunday Times Columnist) - On Women We Admire & Not Believing Your Own Hype

Dolly is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, GQ, Red, Marie Claire and many *many* more. ​ Since January 2015, she has been the dating columnist for The Sunday Times Style. Dolly also writes and directs for TV. She was the story producer for Made In Chelsea and was script assistant on the final series of E4’s Fresh Meat. In 2015, her first short film Anna, Island was accepted to The London Short Film Festival. The film, about a young woman navigating the pitfalls of 20-something life, features a cameo from Kirsty Young and was covered in The Evening Standard. ​ She writes The Dolly Mail, a weekly newsletter with over 5000 subscribers. She also co-hosts a podcast alongside journalist Pandora Sykes which will be returning to your ears at end of February.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1847m 1s

#55 Bridget Minamore (Poet & Journalist) - How Much Would It Cost To Delete Your Twitter Account?

Bridget Minamore is a writer. She has written for the Guardian, The Pool, The Debrief, Pitchfork and others. She writes about pop culture, race, and feminism – and the intersections between them. She is part of the creative team behind Brainchild Festival and works with the charity My Body Back, a project to empower women who have experienced sexual violence. She also a poet and runs poetry workshops – mostly for young people – around the UK. Her poetry book called ‘Titanic‘ came out last year. She has worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and read her poems at places including the Roundhouse, Latitude Festival, the Bristol Old Vic and the Southbank Centre. She was chosen as one of The Hospital Club’s Emerging Creatives in 2015. We talk about pitching ourselves, using Twitter to further your career, changing your mind and the importance of forgiving yourself. The title of this episode "How Much Would It Cost To Delete Your Twitter Account?" is inspired by a tweet from @NotAgainBen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1841m 22s

#54 Laura Dockrill (Poet & Author) - You Don’t Have To Be One Thing

Laura Dockrill is a performance poet, author, illustrator and short story writer. She is the author of the Darcy Burdock series and a YA novel, Lorali with a follow up book coming out this year. She has also written a number of adult poetry collections. "My Mum is a Grown Down" is her first poetry collection for children about a wild, hysterical and hilarious Mum, which is coming in July this year. The Independent calls her “A poet for the iPod generation” and Red magazine's “literary girl crush”. We met up at the Hoxton Hotel, lay on a bed chatting about creativity, comparison, finding new ideas, writing and being in love with your work.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 52s

#53 Alice Tams (Illustrator) - Birds, Hats & Potential Copycats

Alice Tams is a full-time illustrator, running her own business from a studio in London. She is the creator of a popular series of illustrations of birds wearing a variety of hats (#BirdsInHats)- which I have hanging on my bedroom wall, given to me as a present from my boyfriend. You can find her products online at her stop alicetams.com - or in the Etsy shop - and physically at one of her stockists. In December 2013, Alice drew a penguin in a christmas hat and jumper and had used it on a Christmas card. In December 2014, Alice was contacted by several friends that a jumper on sale in supermarket featuring a penguin in a hat and Christmas jumper. They all thought that Alice had licensed her penguin design because it looked identical to Alice’s design. So we talk about this and Alice’s learnings along the way. Hope you enjoy listening to our conversation and follow Alice online @alicetams across most of the social medias.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 58s

#52 Estée Lalonde (YouTuber & Author) - Dealing With Stress & Practicing Self-Care

Estée is a blogger, author and founder of a very successful YouTube channel with over a million subscribers. I enjoy watching her channel for her series FemTalk where she discusses stuff from periods, to sex, to how to stand up for yourself but I also follow her for her beauty expertise. (I’m obsessed with face masks.) Estée has worked with a huge range of brands from Burberry to the Body Shop to Adidas. She recently won InStyle UK's Best Beauty Reviewer Award and was nominated last year for a Glamour Woman Of The Year Award. Earlier this year I interviewed Estée at Waterstones as part of the launch around her book called "Bloom — Navigating Life and Style," which was cool because we had so much to discuss and our books both share the same publisher which is Ebury. Bloom covers everything from moving to a new country, dealing with stress, #girlboss inspirations and learning how to be yourself on and offline.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 10s

#50 Alice Levine (BBC Radio 1 Presenter) - On Dad-rotica & Food Porn

Alice Levine is a television and radio presenter. In 2013, Alice joined BBC Radio 1 to host a weeknight slot and in 2014 she left to present a solo weekend afternoon show as well as being cover presenter on weekdays for shows such as Greg James and Scott Mills. She is also one of the co-presenters of incredibly successful podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno which hits millions of ears every week, as well as releasing a My Dad Wrote A Porno book which came out this year. Levine hosted Big Brother's Bit on the Side as well as occasionally being one of the actual voices of 'Big brother' herself, which included talking to housemates in the diary room and announcing tasks and news to the housemates (omg). Alice was voted "Best On-Screen Female" at the National Student Television Awards in 2008, has presented backstage coverage at The BRIT Awards. She is also one half of the food duo Jackson & Levine hosting supper clubs in London, has a food column in ELLE magazine and a food book coming out in 2017. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1830m 12s

#49 Zanna Van Dijk (Fitness Blogger & Author): Business, Body Confidence & Bullying

Zanna is a blogger, fitness model and author with over 130,000 followers on Instagram. She has walked in London Fashion Week and has starred as the face of the Tommy Hilfiger sports capsule collection and the face of the most recent Adidas series of workout videos. She also has her own line of activewear which is available in places like Sports Philosophy and Active in Style. She is the co-founder of the Girl Gains movement a community which brings together hundreds of women at huge events and educates, empowers and inspires them. Her first book STRONG is out in December this year and gives practical advice and solutions on how to live a balanced life. Earlier this year she was on the cover of the Sunday Times Style magazine with an accompanying spread, she’s also been featured as one of Women's Health magazine’s top fitness bloggers and one of Women's Fitness magazines "Ones to watch in 2016".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1826m 26s

#48 Nimko Ali - On Protecting & Empowering Girls and Young Women

Nimko is the co-founder of Daughters of Eve - alongside Leyla Hussein - a non profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of young people from female genital mutilation practising communities. They recognise that (FGM) is a form of gender-based violence. Daughters of Eve believe that young people need to be supported holistically and work with women and girls and give them specialist support. In 2014, Daughters Of Eve received an award at the Red Magazine Woman of the Year awards for their work. They were also placed sixth in the Woman's Hour Power List. We recorded this is quite a busy coffee shop in Notting Hill and Nimko shares a lot about her life and work. We chatted for well over an hour so I’ve split this episode into 2 parts so this is the first part.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 35s

#47 Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood (Life Coaches): Talking About Modern Day Spirituality

Lucy Sheridan is the world's first and only 'Comparison Coach' focused on helping millennials go comparison free. She’s appeared on Oprah’s lifeclass to discuss comparison and her work has been featured in Grazia, the Daily Mail, Stella magazine and the Evening Standard and more. Jo Westwood goes by the name The Spirit DJ and she coaches 30-something creatives and change makers who have successful 6 figure+ careers on how to invest in financial, energetic and emotional happiness. Her work has been featured in Psychologies, Look, ES Magazine, The Best You and Women's Health. Together they founded a movement called Higher Selfie which aims to bring spiritually to the digital age. Their book called Higher Selfie came out earlier this year and is a modern guide to love, healing and connection for Gen Y spiritual seekers who have their hearts set on creating a life they love, but are unsure how to do so.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 51s

#46 Catherine Allen & Cherry Healey - Has Social Media Killed Good Conversation?

Today’s guests are Catherine Allen, the CEO of Lyristic and executive producer of No Small Talk and Cherry Healey, TV presenter and documentary maker. No Small Talk is a new kind of virtual reality talk show commissioned by the BBC for millennial women, co-produced by two leading independent VR companies Lyristic and VR City and produced by Dorothea Gibbs and directed by Darren Emerson. This 10 minute episode is designed for viewing on Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. The first episode has launched now and I’m in it alongside Cherry Healey. It’s a space to explore and discuss the big ideas that underpin our daily lives, and the changing world around us. No Small Talk has been produced with the clear goal of creating a VR experience that is accessible to women. U.S research shows that male VR usage is almost double that of female VR usage (YouView, 2016). It’s live now and it can be found at bbc.co.uk/taster. We talk about technology, virtual reality, being the CEO of your company and art of a good conversation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 5s

#45 Lliana Bird (Founder of Help Refugees): Social Media And The Refugee Crisis

I interviewed Lliana Bird at Cheltenham Literature Festival in October about her new book alongside Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella) so it was nice to catch up again and chat more about what she's up to. Lliana Bird is a radio presenter, writer, actress and co-founder of Help Refugees, currently presenting the Friday and Saturday evening shows on Radio X. She has also previously contributed to Capital Radio, Virgin Radio, and the BBC Local Radio service. Lliana also presents a weekly podcast entitled Geek Chic's Weird Science which was selected as iTunes Best of 2014. This year she released a book, The Mice Who Sing for Sex with podcast co-host Dr Jack. Lliana co-founded Help Refugees, a charity providing aid to refugees across Europe and beyond which is the most incredible organisation and we chat lots more about it on the podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 53s

#44 Anna Whitehouse (Founder of Mother Pukka) - How To Parent The Sh*t Out Of Life

Anna Whitehouse is a journalist, editor and founder of the brilliant Mother Pukka empire. MotherPukka.co.uk is a blog for ‘people who happen to be parents’. Her Instagram feed has grown to 50,000 followers in a year. She’s previously worked at Stylist magazine, and at Time Out Amsterdam before writing for fashion labels such as Tommy Hilfiger. We talk about starting your own business, flexible working, sponsored content, the parenting Instagram community and the importance of looking after yourself and taking a break.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 31s

#43 The Step Up Club - Discussing Work Life Balance & Mentorship

Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine are the driving force behind Step Up Club; the platform championing the success of career women and have now published a book with Ebury called Step Up, full of practical advice for stepping it up in your career. Alice Olins spent a decade at The Times as its Senior Fashion Writer, then Marie Claire’s Fashion Features Director. Today, Alice is the Fashion Features Director-at-Large at Red magazine, and continues to write on a freelance basis for publications including, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail on fashion, lifestyle and careers. Phanella began her career as an international finance lawyer working on multi-billion dollar transactions in London and New York. Now she is an executive coach and development consultant. She coaches and trains professionals on topics including women’s leadership and advancement, self-presentation, maternity and return to work. We talk the differences between being an "integrator" vs a "separator" at work and achieving work life balance, how to choose the right career for you, anxiety, overwhelm and the jitteriness of our overusing our phones. We discuss launching a book alongside another job, overcoming difficult times and the importance of mentorships.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 5s

#42 Miranda Sawyer (Journalist & Music Critic): What's A Modern Midlife Crisis?

Miranda is a writer and broadcaster. She writes regularly for The Observer and The Mirror. Her first writing job was at Smash Hits, in 1988. Then Select magazine, where she won a PPA award for Writer of the Year. During the 90s, she had a column in Time Out and she wrote for The Face. She makes documentaries for Radio 4 and interview musicians and artists for The Culture Show. She wrote a book called Park and Ride, about Britain’s relationships with its suburbs and her most recent book is called Out Of Time which is a very modern look at the midlife crisis – delving into the truth, and lies, of the experience and how to survive it - and how a midlife crisis doesn’t necessarily mean running off with a Pilates teacher, or spending thousands on a trip to Bali to find yourself. I have had the pleasure of attending a Bug event in London hosted by Miranda and she is brilliant and funny and I loved recording this episode so much. We talk life, family, careers, money and what a quiet subtle midlife crisis looks like.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 41s

#41 Lisa Owens (Author): So What Do You Do?

Lisa Owens is a writer who quit her job as an editor at independent publisher Profile Books to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel Not Working was published last year by Picador about a girl called Claire who quits her job to “find herself”. We talk about her writing process, the importance of writing down your observations, how to self-edit and how to go about getting your first book published. We also talk about the potential narcissism of only reading non-fiction and why it’s sometimes awkward introducing yourself as a writer at dinner parties. AND *that* annoying question: “so what do you do?”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 39s

#40 Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism) - Do We Need An Internet Police?

I interviewed the amazing author and The Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates at Cheltenham Literature Festival on 9th October 2016 for a very special live episode of this podcast. Laura's new book GIRL UP tackles body image, relationships and social media pressures. It's a no-nonsense survival guide to growing up as a 21st century, empowered girl. We talk about sex education, body image, social media, feminist societies, educating boys and the power of speaking up. For this episode we are on stage at Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre and engaged with a lovely and warm audience of 300 people. It was such a special evening and I hope you enjoy this extra special 40th episode which is an hour long.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/181h 1m

#39 Megan Gilbride (Blogger) - The Business of Blogging, Brands & Body Image

Meg is my friend and the founder of the Wonderful You blog and YouTube channel where she aims to change the traditional blogging industry with her unique art direction. She covers topics such as fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and travel, not afraid of speaking out on issues such as body and self confidence. She’s worked with loads of brands including Levi's, ASOS, Clinique, Wonderbra and Selfridges and she was one of The Media Eye’s - Rising Stars in June this year and is represented by Milk Management. We talk about the future of blogging, body image, sponsored content, collaborating, and how sometimes it feels overwhelming keeping up with all the technology thrown in our faces daily.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 39s

#38 Cindy Gallop - Why You Should Work For Yourself & The Future Of Sex

Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm BBH . She is the founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy’s TEDTalk "Make Love Not Porn" was one of the "most talked about presentations" at the 2009 TED conference and has been watched over one and a half million times. We talk about the future of sex, what “social sex” means, her company Make Love Not Porn, why people (women especially) should work for themselves and why we shouldn’t believe a lot of the random sex surveys out there. Cindy is the fountain of knowledge for each things porn related and I found talking to her very very inspiring indeed. Hope you enjoy this epiosde, feel free to tweet us afterwards your thoughts @emma gannon and @cindygallop or @makelovenotporn. “I really urge women to aspire to much more than flexible working. To aspire to starting and designing your own business to be the business you want it to be.” - Cindy Gallop  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 9s

#37 Nikesh Shukla - On Writing, Race & Immigration

Nikesh Shukla is writer. He has written multiple novels including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011) and Meatspace, a book about a social-media-obsessed author trying to write his second novel.' It was recommended by the New Statesman, BBC Radio 4, the Independent on Sunday, and the Daily Mail. He also written award-winning short films and comedy for Channel 4 Comedy Lab which aired on E4 and Channel 4 in 2011. Most recently, Nikesh is the editor of a new essay collection called The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK - it’s out NOW. It’d reached its funding on Unbound a crowdsourcing platform for books (including a £5,000 pledge from JK Rowling). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1830m 49s

#36 Mara Wilson - On Growing Up & Accidental Fame

I’ve been a fan of Mara Wilson since I was 7 years old. She is the star of my favourite film from when I was little, the 1996 film "Matilda" based on the book by Roald Dahl. She’s also known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Nowadays, she’s an author, a playwright and occasional actress. I caught up her with her to talk about her new book, out TODAY (13th SEPTEMBER) called “Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.” I loved this conversation - Mara is one of my favourite people to follow online and on Twitter and I’ve loved reading her writing on her blog and her musings on life. \ \\\\\\\\\  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1835m 8s

#35 Heather Havrilesky (Columnist "Ask Polly") - On Writing, Giving Advice & Not Being A “Guru”

She is the sweary big sister of the Internet who gives brilliant and thought-provoking weekly advice via her column “Ask Polly” for New York Magazines “The Cut”. She answers all sorts of questions from “How do I dump my crappy best friend?” to “I’m broke and I hate my job” to “My sister has cancer and I can’t go on.” It’s my favourite weekly column and every week I’m excited to read it. I always learn something important. She has a book that’s just come out called “How To Be a Person In The World” which has a whole load of #AskPolly columns in there, both new and old ones and has had amazing reviews including the New Yorker. She is also the author of the memoir DISASTER PREPAREDNESS (published by Riverhead, 2011) and she was Salon.com's TV critic for 7 years. We talk about writing, standing out from the crowd, writing a column, what advice we take and why being "guru" doesn't appeal.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 20s

#33 Hannah Witton (YouTuber) - On Sex Education & Contraception

Hannah Witton has popular YouTube channel with over 200,000 subscribers and likes to spread positive messages about sex, relationships, body image, gender & sexuality and doesn’t take herself too seriously. She’s worked with the likes of MTV & Durex – In 2013 she was shortlisted for Young Person of the Year at the Sexual Health Awards and Her short film on the History of Homosexuality was a finalist in the Guardian and Oxford University Press’ Very Short Film Competition in 2013. in 2014 she was shortlisted for Best Vlog at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. Hannah was also the first ever YouTuber to present Radio 1’s hour long show ‘The Internet Takeover’. We talk feminism, hormones, contraception, periods and MORE!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1831m 29s

#32 Cariad Lloyd (Performer & Actress) - The Power of Improv

Cariad Lloyd is an award-winning actor, improviser, comedian and writer. She has appeared in Peep Show, Have I Got News For You and Qi. She has been improvising for ten years and is one of the creators of Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel, who have had four sell-out Edinburgh Festivals. Visit austentatiousimpro.com for all the upcoming tour dates.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 58s

#31 (Part Two) Cherry Healey Interviews Emma Gannon (Live Podcast At Waterstones with Q&A)

Cherry Healey interviewed me for my first ever live podcast in Tottenham Court Road, this episode includes a Q&A from the audience. I absolutely loved doing this intimidate live recording, with around 20-ish brilliant creative women who came to watch and chat, and I came away feeling very inspired and very much in love with my job. I’m definitely going to do another one soon…. Keep your ears peeled for MORE live podcasts coming soon! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1831m 42s

#31 (Part One) Cherry Healey Interviews Emma Gannon (Live Podcast At Waterstones)

Last night, Cherry Healey interviewed me for my first ever live podcast; she is someone who has inspired me over the years to be honest and brave through her work. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a while, so it was really awesome that she said “yes!” to be involved. I love her adventurous nature in her experimental TV shows and the fact that she’s just written her own book Letters To My Fanny which touches on subjects such as feminism, her body, sex, periods, orgasms – all the good stuff. I absolutely loved doing this intimidate live recording, with around 20-ish brilliant creative women who came to watch and chat, and I came away feeling very inspired and very much in love with my job. I’m definitely going to do another one soon…. Keep your ears peeled for part two! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1835m 24s

#30 Lucy Lendrem (Gleam) - On Managing The UK's Biggest Social Talent

Lucy Lendrem started off as an account manager at Gleam Digital in 2013 which created social strategies for brands like Chanel and Unilever - it later turned into Gleam Futures (a social talent agency that manages the most influential social talent in the world.) She now heads up the UK talent as a group talent manager. She was recently on The Drum’s 50 under 30 which highlighted 50 of the most impressive digital pioneers shaking up the industry. We discuss what it's like behind the scenes working at Gleam managing the top tier social talent like the lovely Zoella, how we need to lift each other up to make the industry do better as a whole, and what goes into being an "agent" in a new-ish industry.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 18s

#29 Gemma Cairney (Radio Presenter) - On Being Yourself And The Joy Of A Zig-Zag Career

Gemma Cairney is a radio presenter who currently presents The Surgery on Wednesday evenings at 9.00pm on BBC Radio 1. In January 2015, Gemma started a production company called Boom Shakalaka Productions. The company produces various types of content, including podcasts and theatre. Boom Shakalaka produced a show about depression at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 called 'My Beautiful Black Dog'. Since 2008 Gemma has presented the BBC’s Glastonbury festival coverage and in 2015 she co-hosted BBC1’s New Year’s Eve coverage alongside Nick Grimshaw. In 2013, Gemma launched the Fox Problem alongside Georgia LA and Georgie Okell which was an entertainment show live-streamed via YouTube. A few weeks before recording this podcast Gemma announced her first book called guide for life called Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be which comes out March next week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1824m 1s

#28 Sheri Scott (Blogger) - On Sponsored Content & Running Your Own Business

Sheri Scott runs the blog Forever Yours Betty which started as a pop-up vintage shop and went on to becoming one of Scotland’s most well respected Fashion & Lifestyle blogs. She’s worked with brands like Boden, Topshop, GAP, Radley and Accessorize and was shortlisted for UK’s Top Stylist voted by Stylist Magazine. She also runs her own creative PR and events company specialising within the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. We talk personal branding, sponsored content, standing out from the crowd and the highs and lows of running your own business.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1827m 42s

#27 Rosalind Jana (Model & Author) - Talking Fashion, Body Image & Teenage Advice

Roz Jana runs the blog Clothes, Cameras and Coffee which she started in 2009 as outlet to express her writing and style - talking literature, body image, fashion and photography. She recently graduated from Oxford University and released her debut book Notes On Being Teenage in June this year. Her work has been featured in publications including The Observer, Evening Standard, Sunday Times Style, Teen Tatler, Grazia, TeenVogue, Vogue.co.uk and Guardian.co.uk. She won the Vogue Talent Contest for young writers in 2011, and as part of the prize worked for a month as a paid features intern at the magazine. In 2013 Roz was announced as one of the Hospital Club 100 as one of the most innovative creatives working today, in the Publishing and Writing category.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 22s

#26 June Eric-Udorie - On Writing Creative Essays & Why We Need Less Talk, More Action

June is an 18 year old writer and campaigner. She has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The Pool, and a regular blogger for New Statesman. She was recently nominated for the Smart Women of the year award by Red magazine. She is the young press officer for Integrate Bristol, a charity that works towards equality and integration. She got 50,000 signatures on a petition that made feminism a part of A-level politics curriculum for students. She has recently earned a place on Penguin Random House UK’s entry-level programme, The Scheme, designed to find the most creative, thoughtful and exciting talent to be the editors of tomorrow.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 30s

#25 Laurie Penny - On Freelancing, Online Life & The Power of Reading

Laurie Penny is a journalist, feminist and author of five books including Unspeakable Things (Bloomsbury 2014), Cybersexism (Bloomsbury 2013) and Meat Market (Zer0 2011). She is a contributing Editor at New Statesman and writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics for The Guardian, The New York Times, Vice, Salon, The Nation, The New Inquiry and many more. She is also on the judging panel for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. We talk about reading, freelancing, the glamourization of writing and our public and private selves.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1838m 32s

#24 Caroline Kepnes (Fiction Author) - On Writing Crime Fiction, Technology Addiction & Friendships

Caroline Kepnes is an author of YOU & Hidden Bodies. She's also a journalist, having covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly, Tiger Beat, Teen Machine, E! Online, and Yahoo! TV. She has also written for the television shows and lives in Los Angeles. We talk about Internet addiction, obsession, writing crime fiction, how to be "authentic" and controlling friendships.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 22s

#22 Luisa Omielan (Comedian) - Why Art & Comedy Can Save You

Luisa Omielan is a comedian based in London. In 2012 Omielan performed her debut stand up solo show, What Would Beyoncé Do?! as part of the free fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. The show has since had seven sell out runs at London's Soho Theatre, it then continued to have a week run in the London West End at the Leicester Square Theatre. A 4-minute clip where Omielan discuses the ‘Thigh Gap’ went viral and has since amassed over 35 million views on Facebook. Her follow up show Am I Right Ladies?! has had a UK tour, received critical acclaim and five star reviews. What Would Beyonce Do?! by Luisa Omielan is published today by Century, priced £14.99. We talk about why the arts need more funding, the reality of trying to "make it" in the online world and why comedy can save lives.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1837m 34s

#21 Ryan Holiday - Ego, Idols & The Dangers Of Workaholism

He is a media strategist, the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer. Holiday has also written for Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review, ThoughtCatalog, Medium.com and the New York Observer, where he is the media columnist. In July 2012, Holiday's first book Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator was released by Portfolio/Penguin. It debuted on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Holiday’s second book was Growth Hacker Marketing. The book attempts to show how traditional marketing efforts (billboards, press releases) are no longer the most effective, and why growth hacking is cheaper and more effective in today’s market. It was named one of Inc. Magazine's top 10 marketing books of 2014. Holiday’s third book The Obstacle Is The Way was published in 2014, The book has sold more than 100,000 copies. Now, i’m here to talk to Ryan about his 4th book, Ego is the enemy. Ryan has a monthly newsletter where he gives 10 amazing book recommendations which has over 55,000 subscribers currently.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 35s

#20 Melissa Broder (@sosadtoday) - Is Social Media Like Drugs?

Melissa Broder is the author of four poetry collections. She is also the author of the new essay collection, SO SAD TODAY (Scribe 2016). The book is of the same name as the extremely popular account @sosadtoday which has amassed nearly 400,000 followers to date, including celebrity fans such as Sky Ferreira, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. In May 2015 Broder went public as the creator of the account in Rolling Stone magazine (so rock and roll). Her book, So Sad Today speaks about her former addiction to drugs and alcohol, her eating disorders, love/relationships and therapy. Melissa is also a part time astrologer and creates the brilliant horoscopes for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1834m 10s

#19 Bella Younger (Deliciously Stella) - From Instagram to Book Deal

I first discovered Deliciously Stella on Instagram last year and over the past year she’s attracted fans such as Davina McCall and getting mainstream attention in Grazia, the Daily Mail, The Times, Buzzfeed and interviewed by the BBC. Deliciously Stella is a parody account created by comedian Bella Younger that gently mocks the #EatClean movement. She now has 125,000 followers on Instagram and growing - some magazines have called her the Instagram “Anti Hero”. She now has a book deal, a TV pilot in the works and a show at Edinburgh Fringe festival this year all about her beloved character Deliciously Stella. We talk about all sorts of things: what it's like bringing a show to Edinburgh Fringe, the cliques in comedy, sponsored content, how her Instagram turned into a book deal and building your own personal #brand.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1827m 34s

#18 Ryan O'Connell - On Writing About Yourself & Having Boundaries

Ryan O’Connell is one of my favourite writers who I've been following online since 2010 when I first discovered Thought Catalog. He was the first person I discovered who wrote honestly about life as a millennial "Internet writer" and he describes himself as a professional feeler of emotions living in Los Angeles. He’s written for Thought Catalog, Vice, The New York Times and many others, as well a writer for MTV’s Awkward TV show. I’m Special is his first book published by Simon & Schuster - and he broke the Internet when published "Coming Out Of the Disabled Closet" on Thought Catalog talking about the topics he decided to write about in the book.
01/11/1834m 7s

#17 Louise O'Neill - How To Hustle For Success While Looking After Your Own Wellbeing

Louise O'Neill is one of the most inspiring generous people who I've befriended on Twitter. She is an Irish author and columnist, with a strong focus on feminism in her writing. Her first book, Only Ever Yours was published in 2014 and earned the title "Newcomer of the Year" of the Irish Book Awards and was the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize in 2015. Her second book, Asking For It, was named Irish Times Book of the Month in September 2015. Rights of both books have been sold - film and TV rights for Only Ever Yours and TV rights for Asking For It. HOW VERY EXCITING.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1839m 6s

#16 Anne T Donahue - On Being A Writer & Not Caring What People Think

Anne T Donahue is one of my favourite funny writers. She is also my email pen pal after becoming pals on Twitter. She is a columnist for MTV, writes for Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Canadian Living, Hello Giggles, Refinery29, Thought Catalog and so many more - and her newsletter "That's What She Said" is my one of my all-time favourite weekly reads. We talk about our Ghosts Of Our Teenage Past, how to become a writer and build a contact list and that moment Anne learned she No Longer Gave A Fuck when an old high school friend tried to give her some "advice".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1836m 56s

#15 Olivia Purvis - Talking Social Media Comparison & The Evolution of Blogging

My pal Liv! We are slightly hyper in places, this one was so much fun to record. And she is a wise owl for her young age of 23. Olivia Purvis is a lovely online soul who is always delivering useful and aesthetically pleasing nuggets of advice and recommendations on her blog "What Olivia Did". She has recently signed to STORM models (HELLO!!) all starting from her blog which has grown into an outlet for everything from style, travel, food, beauty lifestyle and music - as well as interviews with inspiring women who she admires. Olivia has collaborated amazing brands such as Lancôme at the Bafta’s, Boden, Miss Selfridge, Kate Spade, Estee Lauder to name a few and is regularly featured in publications such as Grazia, Cosmopolitan UK, Atlas and Get The Gloss.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1847m 58s

#14 Jessica Valenti - Talking Feminism & How To Deal With Online Abuse

Jessica Valenti is an awesome woman. She has been called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by the Guardian and is a daily columnist there. She is the author of six books on feminism, most recently Sex Object: A Memoir (2016) which came out this month. She founded Feministing.com in 2004, Her writing has appeared inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms. magazine, Salon = and she has won many awards for her work. We talk about feminism, writing an honest memoir and how to deal with online abuse.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1828m 45s

#13 Amanda De Cadenet - On Using Your Voice & Supporting Young Girls Online

Amanda De Cadenet is a photographer, actress and talk show host (and a huge inspiration to me). We talk about the incentive behind Amanda’s popular interview series TheConversation (theconversation.tv) - she’s interviewed amazing women - from Gwyneth Paltrow to Sarah Silverman to Hillary Clinton. She has recently launched the #GirlGaze project looking for the next generation female photographers. The project is backed by Amanda, the editor of Teen Vogue, Sam Taylor Johnson and so many other cool women. Through the hashtag #GirlGaze work will be selected to appear in Teen Vogue as well as the GirlGaze zine and an exhibition showing the work. We discuss sexism, online porn, how to build a career in photography and how to support young girls online. Also how to juggle a busy life and accepting that nothing is ever perfect.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 51s

#12 Stevie Martin - On Writing Comedy, Taking Risks & Getting Noticed

Stevie Martin is a very very funny lady and my friend. She writes for women's publications such as Broadly, The Debrief, Refinery29 and others. She's also an actress and comedian (both writing and performing) and one third of the hilarious sketch group Massive Dad, represented by United Agents. We speak about creative careers, how to label yourself at work, improvisation, the competitiveness nature of the comedy and TV industry, and working in a writer's room.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 40s

#11 Sarah Powell (Heat Radio Presenter) - Talking Radio Careers, Cheese &

Sarah Powell is a ray of golden sunshine and her chirpy friendly voice will be your new best friend. She's a radio and TV presenter who hosts her own on heat radio every weekday 4-7PM, chatting and interviewing schlebs. She has appeared on This Morning on ITV with silver fox Schofe, singing, cackling and generally just entertaining the nation. She has a weekly podcast with her friend Jules called Jules and Sarah The Podcast. Check out her writing in heat magazine and online for Standard Issue. HOPE YOU ENJOY. We're a bit hyper in this one.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 50s

#10 Tyler Ford - On Being Agender & Protecting Yourself Online

Tyler Ford is a writer, activist and model living in NYC. In Tyler’s own words: “being Agender means not being confined by expectations or by labels”. They have written for New York Times, Rookie, the Guardian, MTV - as well as being one of Dazed’s 100 visionary talents in 2016. Tyler has also worked with Miley Cyrus on the Happy Hippie Foundation and gives constant advice and support to the LGBTQA youth community. We discuss Tyler's experiences being trans and queer, how to protect yourself online, how to make friends as an introvert and how to be the best possible version of yourself, online and offline.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1822m 47s

#9 Paulette Perhach - Talking Money & What It's Like To Go Viral

An essay went viral earlier this year: a moving story about a woman and the money she may need at any given moment to escape from a job, a sleazy colleague or an abusive partner - it was called A Story Of The Fuck Off Fund. Did you read it? You probably did. It was published on the Billfold, it got retweeted and picked up by Jezebel, Stylist, Refinery 29, the Observer and Salon - some publications even wrote Think Pieces in response, questioning it, praising it, you name it. You know something has really gone viral when old friends from school start posting it on Facebook. I’m here today with the author of this piece Paulette Perhach, a wonderful writer and thinker from Seattle.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1833m 41s

#8 Julia White - Working at Twitter HQ & Getting The Most Out Of The Platform

Julia is a very cool lady in tech. She studied at the Uni of Birmingham before starting out at the Express Newspapers, before being the deputy online editor of OK magazine, then the editor Yahoo’s celebrity channel. She now heads up the media partnerships at Twitter HQ, helping magazines such as ELLE, GLAMOUR, RED magazine to use Twitter in the most interesting way.. We talk about Twitter (0bvs), emojis, tweeting from Space, online journalism and the power of social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1835m 46s

#7 Cheryl Strayed - On Writing, Quotes & Online Tribes

This is a very exciting episode for me. A bit about Cheryl: her first book Torch in 2006, her second book, the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was published in 2012, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was chosen by Oprah as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother, Bobbi in the amazing film adaptation of WILD. The film's screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. In July 2012, Vintage Books published Strayed's third book: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a selection of Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" advice column, which she wrote for the web site The Rumpus from 2010 to 2012. The book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 5. Strayed's 4th book, Brave Enough debuted in the advice and self-help category on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 10. SHE IS SO AMAZING, AM I RITE? We talk money, success, fame, finding friends online and no matter what: doing the work we love.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1842m 18s

#5 Dawn O’Porter - Launching A Business & A Charity Using Social Media

Dawn O’Porter has been my career crush for YEARS. I loved her first non-fiction book Diaries Of An Internet Lover back in 2006, and in 2007 I fell in love with her TV series (Super Slim Me and then Dawn Gets Naked, Dawn Gets A Baby and lots of others). Since then Dawn’s career has really evolved in many ways, with her best-selling novels: Paper Aeroplanes and Goose and now an adult novel series published by Harper Collins. Last year she also launched BOB a vintage clothing line, and has been a helping hand in launching @HelpRefugeesUK which is now the main registered group helping the refugee crisis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1843m 42s

#4 Rowan Blanchard - Talking Social Media Etiquette & Finding Creative Hobbies

Rowan Blanchard is one cool 14-year-old. She plays Riley Matthews in the hit Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, is an outspoken feminist and activist and has written for the likes of Rookie Magazine. We chatted about escapism via acting, our favourite movies, the empowering music we listen to and how our creative hobbies can be like free therapy. We also discussed how it’s great thing to enjoy your own company & being happy with yourself. Rowan recently called out cat-calling in a recent issue of Interview magazine which we also chatted about - and how women should be asked more interesting questions at film junkets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1845m 32s

#3 Ashley C Ford - Talking Permission, Productivity & Asking For More

Ashley C Ford is one of my favourite people to follow on Twitter. You might recognise her voice from a very popular episode discussing Friendship on Lena Dunham's podcast 'Women Of The Hour'. She left her job at Buzzfeed a year ago to work on multiple different projects. She’s writer, editor, speaker, and professor at The New School in New York. She is currently writing a memoir (among other things), and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with the author of Bad Feminist Roxane Gay. She writes essays in many places from ELLE to The Guardian to BuzzFeed, and is someone with brilliant opinions, never afraid to share her truth in many different forms — she’s a really inspiring person who constantly emits positive energy online. I hope you love listening to her as much as I do.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1830m 16s

#2 Zoella - Talking Internet Fame & Being Your Own Boss

Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella is one of the most famous YouTubers on the Internet. She is a fascinating 26-year-old #girlboss running her own online empire pretty much from her bedroom. She launched her YouTube channel back in 2009 and started connecting with other people and uploading "hauls" for anyone who might want to watch it. Fast-forward seven years later and she has over 10 million subscribers, two best-selling books under her belt and her own range of beauty products in Superdrug, sung on the Band Aid 30 single, and has a LOT of awards. We chatted at her Brighton home about all sorts of things: work, life, switching off, working for yourself and busting the myth of what a "proper job" is. Every time I speak to her I find her an inspiring, interesting and incredibly incredibly down-to-earth person. Hope you enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1829m 38s

#1 Elizabeth Gilbert - Talking Creativity & Finding Your Voice

We spoke about the 10th anniversary of Eat Pray Love and what that journey would have been like if Liz had an Instagram account at the time(!). We discuss the new book from Riverhead books called "Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It". Also how to switch off from social media and how your own online community can help you come up with new ideas and feed your curiosity. We spoke about finding the courage to work on new projects and leaving old ones behind; how to write in our different voices and how the clothes we choose to wear can give us strength.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1835m 36s
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