Ctrl Alt Delete

Ctrl Alt Delete

By Emma Gannon

Ctrl Alt Delete subverts the traditional career show. Instead, it's for people who are more interested in shaping their work rather than letting their work shape them. The main focus is work, wellbeing and creativity. Hosted by bestselling author Emma Gannon, she has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead. Named Best Business podcast by Vuelio, Webby award nominee and named 50 Best Podcasts by Sunday Times, Ctrl Alt Delete is a gateway into new ideas – with past guests varying far and wide including Elizabeth Gilbert, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Jacqueline Wilson, Lena Dunham, Julia Cameron, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Ava DuVernay, Gillian Anderson and Mrs Hinch.

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Announcing a new two book special by me, Emma Gannon, including a free virtual workshop and special intro from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. **Books are only on sale until midnight on June 4th**Get yours here: poundproject.co.uk/shop/a-year-of-nothingIt's been a year since I last posted on this podcast.Sometimes it’s all a bit too much.Have you considered doing nothing about it?For years, I have written about work, wellbeing and productivity. Then I was struck down by chronic burnout and could barely get out of bed. Something had to change.So I bring you: A Year of Nothing, a moving account of why I had no choice but to switch off, go underground, and find joy and wisdom in mundane pleasures.Split over two books and four seasons, I write about dog borrowing, dopamine dressing, learning how to swim (again), choosing to be child free, tuning into nature and much more.Every purchase of this memoir includes three exclusives:- A foreword by The Godmother of creativity Julia Cameron.- Five beautiful A6 prints by artist and illustrator Georgia-Maia Oliphant, one for each season and one just for you (pictured).- An invite to a virtual event on July 4th, where Emma and TPP founder JP Watson will host a Q&A and workshop the book’s central question: when you've worked out how to do the most, how do you learn to do nothing?** Print books will be published on June 12th **If you would prefer just to buy the digital edition please click here.Join me at The Hyphen on Substack, a hub for curious readers: thehyphen.substack.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/05/243m 19s

The Success Myth Diaries #5: Tim Clare on Anxiety

Welcome back to The Success Myth Diaries. Today's guest is Tim Clare, performance poet, author of two fantasy novels and nonfiction books including WE CAN'T ALL BE ASTRONAUTS, which won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards. His latest book COWARD a brilliant book about why we get anxious and what we can do about it (one of my favourite books on anxiety). His podcast Death Of 1000 Cuts, a podcast for readers, writers, and anyone who fancies being a little bit happier while they do those things. In this episode we discuss his three success myths around anxiety, achievement and the myth of the finish line. Hope you enjoy. Buy your copy of COWARD here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781838853136My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/06/2336m 58s

The Success Myth Diaries #4: Fiona Arrigo on Spirituality

Welcome back to The Success Myth Diaries! My guest today is the wonderful Fiona Arrigo who is beloved for her ever-evolving wisdom and heart-based living for the changing times: a visionary in her field, she works globally as a Biodynamic Psychotherapist, Intuitive Healer, Mentor and Life Teacher. She runs The Arrigo Programme which is a profound healing system, developed in conjunction with Fiona’s expert team of practitioners, which you can find out more about here: https://thearrigoprogramme.com. It was so wonderful talking to Fiona about her success myths, about how the world is going through massive change, and how we work together, learn how to rest, and use our own intuition more to guide us. Order your copy of The Success Myth here: https://linktr.ee/thesuccessmythMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Follow Fiona Arrigo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fiona_arrigoMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/2335m 54s

The Success Myth Diaries: #3 Jeff Hamaoui on Midlife

Welcome back to The Success Myth Diaries! Today’s guest is Jeff Hamaoui, a seasoned teacher, master facilitator and Chief Innovation and Education Officer for Modern Elder Academy. The Modern Elder Academy is a program for people going through midlife transitions - they are on a mission to reframe midlife from a crisis to a calling. Their purpose is to help you find a renewed sense of purpose and I really love what they do - and how they talk about ageing, success and purpose. I hope you enjoy hearing Jeff’s myths of success - such an interesting episode all about transitions and making the most out of life. Check out the Modern Elder Academy here: https://www.modernelderacademy.com/My brand new book The Success Myth Diaries is out NOW :) https://linktr.ee/thesuccessmyth*To listen early and have an ad-free experience, sign up to my Substack page The Hyphen: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/2331m 12s

The Success Myth Diaries #2: Sian Clifford on Fame

To accompany the launch of my new book, I have interviewed some of my favourite thinkers on the topic of success, failure and creativity — and the most common success myths. Today’s guest is British actor Sian Clifford, probably best known for playing Claire in Fleabag (the toilet scene! The hair scene! The “the only person I'd run through an airport for is you” line! *chefs kiss*) I have re-watched both seasons of Fleabag so many times and it is Sian who I am totally mesmerised by the most each time. She is also a treasured friend of mine (we’ve seen each other through a lot) and I was so lucky that she even agreed to read the audiobook for my first novel Olive, in the middle of a lockdown, no less!) I am a fan of her work on screen but it’s her writing that also has me feverishly wanting more. I am loving her creative love affair with her Substack, rebooting her project Still Space (first born back in 2015) where she communicates passionately and poetically about culture, art, books, stillness and creativity. I encourage you to have a read. Here Sian discusses her three success myths: the ‘then and when’ theory, the myth of busyness and the myth of perfectionism. Also, how winning a BAFTA doesn’t actually mean you’re on Cloud 9 forever — life and pressures continue on in other ways — aka the arrival myth, which she generously shares with us.Order your copy of The Success Myth here: https://linktr.ee/thesuccessmyth Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/2332m 7s

The Success Myth Diaries #1: Chelsea Fagan on Money

Welcome to the Success Myth Diaries! A brand new mini-series to accompany my new book The Success Myth: Letting Go Of Having It All which is out TODAY. My book unpicks the 8 success myths, from happiness to money to productivity to celebrity to the idea of ‘arriving’, looking at all the different ways traditional success is marketed to us and how it can take us off track to what really makes us personally fulfilled. To celebrate I am interviewing a selection of people I admire about what success means to them, and I’ve asked them to come with their three ‘success myths’ that we will unpick together. Today's guest is Chelsea Fagan, a writer, home cook, and the founder of The Financial Diet, and author of debut novel A Perfect Vintage. She is currently on the road from “absolutely terrible with money” to “pretty good with money" and in this episode we talk about Chelsea's three success myths: Myth #1: Endless money will make you happy / Myth #2: Traditional publishing is the only way to feel successful / Myth #3 The four-day week doesn’t work.*To listen early and have an ad-free experience, sign up to my Substack page The Hyphen: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Order A Perfect Vintage here: https://www.aperfectvintagebook.com/Explore The Financial Diet here: https://thefinancialdiet.com/Follow:My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/2333m 38s

Lena Dunham (Replay): Dealing With Online Life

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is an oldie but a goodie with writer and director, Lena Dunham, recorded in 2017. It was an absolute treat getting to hang out with Lena on an exciting sunny Friday morning in her London hotel room, so I hope you enjoy our conversation.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/2328m 18s

Poppy Jamie (Replay): On Being Happy Not Perfect

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay from from 2021 with entrepreneur, author and presenter, Poppy Jamie, a leading voice in the mental wellbeing and mindfulness space. In this episode we discuss flexible thinking, launching the first talk show on Snapchat ‘Pillow Talk with Poppy’ and her first book Happy Not Perfect. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Poppy.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/2336m 9s

Greta Gerwig (Replay): On Being A Multi-Hyphenate

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay with the acclaimed actor, writer and director Greta Gerwig, recorded way back in 2018. We spoke about the release of her debut film, Ladybird and life as a multi-hyphenate.. Hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane!My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/2323m 50s

Nick Hornby (Replay): Dealing With Rejection

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay episode from 2021 with the iconic Nick Hornby, author of many novels, including High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Juliet, Naked. In this episode we talk about creative advice, thoughts on rejection, and being published. I hope you enjoy our conversation!My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/2328m 24s

Daisy Buchanan (Replay): When A Job Turns Toxic

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay episode from 2022 with Daisy Buchanan, an award winning journalist, author and broadcaster. In this episode we discuss her career as a whole and dig into the themes in her novel ‘Careering’ - all about the toxic relationship we can have with our jobs. Hope you enjoy.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/2334m 48s

Tara Brach (Replay): Trusting Your Goodness

Hello and welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay from 2021 with the inspirational teacher Tara Brach, who is known for her work around mindfulness, meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening. In this episode we discussed her book Trusting The Gold: Learning to Nurture Your Inner Light, which I really recommend checking out. Hope you enjoy!My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/04/2330m 45s

Catherine Gray (Replay): The Power Of Personal Writing

This is a replay episode from 2021 with award-winning author Catherine Gray, best known for her The Unexpected Joy of books. She’s now back with a brand new book called Sunshine Warm Sober: Unexpected sober joy that lasts which is available in paperback now. The book is all about her eighth sober year and what she’s learned since her last books. We talk about the power of personal writing, setting boundaries and changing the way you live to live a better life for yourself.  I find Catherines writing raw, reflective and helps the reader root for themselves. Hope you enjoy this conversation.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/2333m 28s

Ian Leslie (Replay): How To Disagree Successfully

This is a replay for 2021, with writer Ian Leslie. He is the author of multiple acclaimed books on human behaviour. He writes about psychology, culture, technology and business for the New Statesman, the Economist, the Guardian and the Financial Times. He also writes a Substack called The Ruffian with brilliant articles on topics like why you should disagree with yourself. In this episode we are discussing his new book Conflicted: Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together. Hope you enjoy this chat on why disagreeing is a good thing, and how we can all disagree better in work and at home.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/2332m 59s

Bella Mackie (Replay): On Writing & Jogging

This episode was recorded in 2019, with bestselling author Bella Mackie on her book Jog on. Since this episode aired, Bella’s novel How To Kill Your Family has become a UK bestseller, topping the charts for months, if you haven’t read it already it’s a great holiday read, although potentially awkward if holidaying with your family. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with Bella.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/2334m 27s

Ava Duvernay (Replay): "Dare To Be Yourself"

Hello - this is a replay episode with the incredible Ava Duvernay. In 2016 she was named one of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 visionaries, and in 2017 she became the first Black woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, for her film 13th. This episode was recorded in 2018, around the time the film A Wrinkle in Time came out (starring a mega cast of Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon) which she directed. We chatted about her career, the film and how she changed careers later in the life and how there is no rush when it comes to achieving your creative dreams. I hope you love this episode as much as I do.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/03/2319m 19s

Sam Conniff (Replay): How To Deal With Uncertainty

This is a replay episode. I have two very exciting guests for you today, the brilliant Sam Conniff and Katherine Templar Lewis, who are here to talk all about uncertainty, a theme that feels especially prominent right now. Life is uncertain and it feels so difficult to deal with. In this episode we are discussing their brand new project The Uncertainty Experts, a powerful three-part interactive documentary scientifically proven to reduce our fear of the unknown, reduce anxiety, increase empathy and improve decision-making and problem-solving. In our conversation we discuss all these things, how this new research is pushing the conversation on resilience forwards, practical tools to help us deal with uncertainty (in one of the most uncertain times in history) — I felt so energised after this conversation and I hope you do too. If you are intrigued to learn more, make sure to reserve your seats on the Uncertainty Experts website, you’ll join thousands virtually for an immersive experience, scientifically proven to reduce anxiety. https://www.uncertaintyexperts.com/My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/2331m 23s

Holly Bourne (Replay): How To Keep Writing

My guest today is the brilliant author Holly Bourne (recorded in 2021) 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.Read Holly's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/holly-bourneMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/02/2336m 0s

Caitlin Moran (Replay): Middle-age, Marriage and Her New Book

Today's guest (recorded back in 2020) is the brilliant Caitlin Moran! Award-winning columnist, author, scriptwriter. She is the eldest of eight children, grew up in Wolverhampton and she published her first novel at the age of 16. She then became a columnist at The Times aged 18 and has gone on to be named Columnist of the Year six times. Her popular novel How to Build a Girl is now a movie with Beanie Feldstein playing her. She is perhaps most known for her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman which has now been published in 28 countries and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. I read How To Be a Woman when I was 21, and like most people it had a profound effect on me and was my first introduction to the world of feminism. Now she has released a follow up book, ten years later, called More Than A Woman, it was so great getting to talk to her about everything thats gone on since HTBAW came out. We talk about the book, why she wrote it, helping a loved one who is struggling and of course some writing tips. Really enjoyed this chat - and hope you do too! If you enjoyed please feel free to leave a review. :) Thank you! xoRead More Than A Woman: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529102772My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/02/2326m 53s

Come and find me on Substack 🗞

Come and join my Substack today! 🔗 https://thehyphen.substack.com 🔗Ctrl Alt Delete might be no longer publishing new episodes, but I am writing and posting brand new content on all the same themes on my Substack page The Hyphen.It is £6.50 a month, or free subscription will get you occasional free posts.If you are struggling financially right now and would like a complimentary 3-month trial, email us at helloATemmagannon.co.uk and we'll see what we can do!The Hyphen is an online space for thousands of curious readers, you'll receive writing tips, book recommendations and articles that leave you feeling nourished. Plus, it's a fantastic community of brilliant readers, writers, creatives, thinkers. If you love Ctrl Alt Delete, you'll LOVE The Hyphen :)  All the love! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/231m 8s

Laura Mucha (Replay): On Love & Attachment

Today’s guest (recorded back in 2021) is with the amazing Laura Mucha, an ex-lawyer, author, award-winning poet, and speaker. Her first book, Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love is the result of ten years of interviews with hundreds of strangers aged 8-95 years old across every continent, and it is fascinating. The Guardian describes her as “a fantastic nosy parker”. She is such a talented writer and researcher and I think you’ll fall in love with her like I did when you hear this episode. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Ugly Sisters is out now and her debut picture book, Rita’s Rabbit is out in 2021, so keep your eye out for that! We talk about SO much in this episode, I hope you enjoy, if you did, please do leave a review somewhere on Apple podcasts!- Link to Laura's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472982438- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/2343m 4s

Martha Beck (Replay): Why You Should Tell The Truth

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a replay episode (recorded in 2021) with brilliant Martha Beck, a return guest! I wanted to invite her back on, to talk about her book The Way Of Integrity. Martha Beck, if you didn’t already know, is a Harvard-trained sociologist, world-renowned coach and New York Times bestselling author. She has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. The Way of Integrity is her new book all about being your full undivided self, coming back to your true nature, it's about not telling lies to yourself or others. Martha tells us about integrity cleanses, something that started years ago when she decided to not tell a single lie for a year. I love Martha’’s work because it's sort of science meets spooky; so much scientific data and spiritual stuff also. It’s also the first self-help book based on Dante's Inferno and It’s brilliant. I loved the episode, definitely go grab a copy of the book!Buy Martha's book The Way Of Integrity here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349426020My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/2337m 47s

Meg Mason (Replay): From Almost Binning Her Book, To Bestseller

This was recorded in 2021. My guest today is Meg Mason, author of several books including the recent instant Sunday Times bestseller Sorrow and Bliss. She began her career at the Financial Times and The Times of London and has been a regular columnist for GQ, ELLE and Vogue. I absolutely loved Sorrow & Bliss and reached out to Meg's team as soon as I finished reading it. The quote on the cover from Anne Patchett says: ‘'I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realised that I wanted to send it to everyone I know’ which is how I feel having gifted it to a few friends because I just want everyone to read it so I can talk more about it. It’s a Gen X coming of age, mental health love story that will rip you apart and piece you back together. This was a real treat getting to chat to Meg, I hope you enjoy this chat!Read Sorrow & Bliss: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781474622998My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/2340m 1s

Genelle Aldred (Replay): How To Communicate Like a Pro

This episode was recorded in 2021. Genelle Aldred, newsreader, communication expert, and now author who has worked as a journalist at many of the UK largest broadcasting organisations for over a decade, including BBC, ITV and ITN. In this episode we discuss her debut book Communicate for Change: Creating Justice in a World of Bias unpicking some of its fascinating themes: how to make a positive difference, how to think for yourself, how to have better conversations and how to recognise our own biases and blind spots. This book encouraged me to ask better questions and question my own assumptions, breaking away from singular narratives and monolithic thinking. Hope you enjoy this conversation about how it’s OK to agree to disagree in conversation and how it’s important to not shy away from other peoples truth in order to see how other people around us think. Here is the episode with Genelle!Grab a copy of Genelle's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780281085576My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/2339m 15s

Goodbye Ctrl Alt Delete! A Final Voicenote from Emma 🎙

A raw and imperfect voicenote to say goodbye. No frills, just a huge heartfelt thanks.Thank you so much for being here. It's been a wonderful way to spend the last 6 years, making this podcast for you.Ctrl Alt Delete may have reached its natural end but I'll be back podcasting in other ways one day I'm sure.In the meantime, come and say hi over on my Substack page where I'll be sharing insights, writing and interviews over there instead.>>> thehyphen.substack.com <<<<THANK YOU and love you all. <3 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/01/234m 29s

Samantha Clarke (Replay): Life As A Happiness Consultant

This is replay of an episode recorded in early 2020. 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.Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did, please leave a little rating or review on Apple Podcasts. Thank you!Read Sam's book 'Love It Or Leave It": https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781913068080My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/2327m 45s

Dr Emma Hepburn (Replay): How To Have A Happy Brain

Today's replay episode is the brilliant psychologist Dr Emma Hepburn. She has over 15 years experience of working with and treating mental health difficulties. She is also someone I've followed on Instagram for years (@thepsychologymum on Instagram). In this episode we talk about her book A Toolkit for Modern Life: 53 Ways to Look After Your Mind). She shows how we can understand our own brains better and be more self-compassionate. She is all about about bringing psychology to people beyond the clinic. She is also the author of A Toolkit for Happiness and has a new book out soon called A Toolkit for Your Emotions: 53 ways to feel better which is out inJjanuary 2023. Hope you enjoy this episode!Emma's Toolkit books here: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/dr-emma-hepburn@psychologymum Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/thepsychologymum/?hl=enMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/12/2230m 23s

Sophie Heawood (Replay): What To Expect When You Weren't Expecting To Be Expecting

My guest today is the brilliant Sophie Heawood. I've followed Sophie's work for years, I've loved her columns and celebrity interviews in the Guardian, VICE and her brilliant newsletter The Sophist. In this episode, we discuss her first book The Hungover Games, a beautiful funny open-hearted memoir about single motherhood and what to expect when you weren't expecting to be expecting. I read it in a day and I think you will also love it. Hope your enjoy!Read Sophie Heawood's book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781784707644My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/12/2234m 16s

Rana Foroohar (Replay): Are Big Tech Companies Evil?

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete this is a replay of my episode with Financial Times columnist Rana Foroohar from February 2020. She is a writer who investigates how today’s biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds. This episode is on her book Don't be Evil and The Case Against Big Tech - aka Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) and how tech has changed and how it's changed us. We discuss the question: can we rebel against tech now or are we just too embedded? I hope you enjoy this fascinating episode. Read ‘Don't Be Evil and The Case Against Big Tech' https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780141991085Africa's Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/africabrooke/?hl=enMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/2228m 15s

Oliver Burkeman (Replay): Productivity Is A Trap

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete this is a replay of my episode with Oliver Burkeman recorded in October 2021. He is an award-winning feature writer for The Guardian and writes a popular weekly column on psychology called This Column Will Change Your Life. In this episode we discuss his new book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of productivity and time management, rejecting the society’s obsession with 'getting everything done’ and one of my favourite non fiction books.’ I hope you enjoy this episode! Four Thousand Weeks: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781784704001My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/2235m 42s

Naomi Alderman (Replay): Life As A Polymath

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. The film adaptation of Disobedience had just come out starring both Rachael McAdams and Rachel Weisz. The Power is one of Obama's favourite books! It's 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. <3Read ‘The Power: 'https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780670919963My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/2230m 52s

Sophie Walker (Replay): How To Be More Activist

This is a replay of my episode with Sophie Walker from April 2020. Sophie is a feminist activist, author and founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party. In this episode we are chatting about Sophie’s new book 'Five Rules for Rebellion' which is an inspiring, five-step journey to incorporating activism into our daily lives. It features stories of new and seasoned activists – from Amika George to Jack Monroe. It's all about feeling less full of despair, and more able to channel your anger, arm yourself with hope, practise perseverance and connect with others more compassionately. Hope you enjoy the episode!Read Sophie's book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781785786860My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/2231m 15s

Emma Forrest (Replay): Terrible First Drafts & Writing Your Life

Today's guest is one of my favourites Emma Forrest – it is a replay episode that we recorded back in December 2019. She is the author of three novels, an essay collection and the memoir Your Voice In My Head, one of my favourite memoirs on mental health. In this episode we discuss her new novel ROYALS and we chat about her career, creativity, meditation, her writing process and even a little story about Adam Driver. Emma has a brand new brilliant memoir out called Busy Being Free “A Lifelong Romantic Is Seduced by Solitude" and will leave a link to it in the shownotes. It is a stunning memoir about divorce, but really; self-love, self-acceptance and romancing yourself. It's beautiful, bold, generous, fragile, strong, sexy, open-hearted with every sentence packing a punch. Hope you enjoy this episode.Emma's new book BUSY BEING FREE: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781474620628Emma's memoir Your Voice In My Head: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781408822067My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/11/2232m 57s

Natalie Lue (Replay): How To Actually Get Stuff Done

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete podcast! Over a series of three episodes I've been chatting to someone whose work I really admire and enjoy, Natalie Lue, author, podcaster and host of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions. She helps people-pleasers, perfectionists and relationship strugglers become more of who they really are and achieve what they want to achieve. In this episode we are discussing how we can find more time to focus and do our 'deep work', inspired by Cal Newport's brilliant book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and Oliver Burkeman's '3 or 4 hours' rule which you read on his blog here.Throughout the episodes in this mini series, we’ll discuss how smarter technology can solve problems, create opportunities and transform the way we all live, learn, and work. The tools we use are important, and can empower passionate people who value their own health, wellbeing and the world they live in and impact change for a better world. I’m excited to dig in. Thanks to Lenovo for making this mini-series happen!Check out more from Lenovo here: https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-x1/c/thinkpadx1*This mini series is in paid partnership with LenovoPre-order Natalie's book here: https://amzn.to/3REVgxBListen to the other episode with Natalie herE:My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/2238m 20s

#368 Does Hybrid Working Help Or Hinder Our Health & Wellbeing?

*This is a SPONSORED episode with Vitality UK* If you're interested in a discussion around health, future of work and hybrid working this is one for you.Today I’m in conversation with Dr Katie Tryon, Behaviour Change Expert and Director of Health Strategy at the health insurer, Vitality UK. Prior to moving into various health roles and moving to Kenya, she trained as a medical doctor at Oxford University and Imperial College London. Katie is passionate about sustainability and longevity in healthcare around the world and she is always finding new ways to push this agenda forward through her work at Vitality. Today we're talking about hybrid working over a year since the so-called Covid ‘Freedom Day’ - how are businesses actually contributing to the health and wellbeing of those that work for them? How has work changed, and how do we make it better? Vitality recently partnered with CBI Economics to survey 350 chief executives, combining this with insights from more than 2,000 workers across the UK - to reveal the priorities, perceptions and experiences of workplace health and wellbeing support in this new working world. We'll be discussing these findings and how we can actually create healthier boundaries at work and at home. If you are interested in reading more about the findings, you can head to the show-notes and follow the link. Hope you enjoy this episode! To read more about the report, go here: xxx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/2240m 31s

Laura Dockrill (Replay): Motherhood, Mental Health & Me

This is a replay of an episode from 2020 with brilliant Laura Dockrill, an award-winning author and illustrator. What Have I Done? an incredibly moving and honest memoir on motherhood, mental health and postpartum psychosis. In this episode, we discuss Laura's mental health journey, recovery, what it's like when a raw blog article goes viral, and why this memoir is a love letter to family and friends. This is Laura's story and I hope you grab a copy of this important book.My Substack! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Laura's book What Have I Done?: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529112542- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/11/2235m 32s

Christine Armstrong (Replay): The Myth Of Work-Life Balance

This episode is with Christine Armstrong, author, researcher and speaker on the future of work. 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-pandemic, and since then Christine has been researching tirelessly our response to working from home en masse and asking what people want to happen as the world of work continues to change. In 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. Hope you enjoy.Christine's book The Mother Of All Jobs: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472956255My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/2236m 22s

#367 Anisah Osman Britton: On How Tech Can Empower You

*This is a sponsored episode* Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. Today I have a special episode for you, in partnership with Dell Technologies & Microsoft, who can help you find the right technology and offer advice to help your business grow and succeed – and this conversation is part of their 2022 small business Podference which is a UK podcast-based conference, a place to share advice and inspiration to support all small businesses. :)SO onto the guest! I’ve been wanting to interview Anisah Osman Britton for a while now having crossed paths a few years back. She is the Founder and CEO at 23 Code Street, a coding school for women and non-binary individuals and Forbes 30 Under 30 Alumni. I love her views and knowledge in this episode on all things tech, coding, networking, community and how to grow in your career by being yourself. I hope you enjoy! You can find further info about her below and Dell, who provide trusted advisors for one-on-one support, so you can call, talk or chat with someone directly, via this link: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/lp/small-business-solutions#Contact-a-Tech-AdvisorFollow 23 Code Street here: https://www.23codestreet.com/Follow Anisah here: https://www.instagram.com/anisah_ob/?hl=enMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/2234m 26s

Africa Brooke (Replay): Why Uncomfortable Conversations Matter

Africa Brooke is a consultant, coach, writer and speaker who specialises in helping many people including public figures. entrepreneurs, teams, and individuals with challenges related to self-censorship and self-sabotage. I really enjoy following Africa’s work, her straightforward (yet compassionate) no BS route to helping people examine what is going on with them, establish boundaries and define their values. There is such a genuine curiosity to Africa’s approach which I love.In January 2021. Africa published an open letter called ‘Why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness’ which has now been read almost 5 million times. You can read the full thing below. We discuss this, why she invites people 'into the grey', why uncomfortable conversations matter and much much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation!Read ‘Why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness’: https://ckarchive.com/b/d0ueh0h67mpdAfrica's Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/africabrooke/?hl=enMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/2246m 47s

Anna Codrea-Rado (Replay): The Carrie Bradshaw Freelance Myth

This is a replay of my episode with the brilliant writer Anna Codrea-Rado from April 2021. She writes about freelancing, business, culture and technology, with a particular focus on work life. I really enjoy her podcast Is This Working on these themes, I especially loved her episode on burnout. In this episode, we discuss her first book, You’re the Business: How To Build a Successful Career When You Strike Out Alone - a handbook for anyone who works for themselves or is curious to know more. Hope you enjoy this conversation!Anna's book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780753558652My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/2246m 4s

Ann Friedman (Replay): Can Work And Friendship Mix?

Today's replay episode is with Ann Friedman, one half of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend and now author of the New York Times Bestselling book Big Friendship, a friendship bible on how to keep each other close. This book is authored by both Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, (Aminatou has also been a guest on Ctrl Alt Delete, episode number #183 if you fancy going back and listening) and Big Friendship is the story of their own ten-year, complex, loving friendship. They share their highs, lows, and wisdom with honesty, hilarity and compassion. They've weathered life-threatening health scares and long-distance living - and they know: the most important part of a Big Friendship is investing in each other again and again. It’s a really fab book on friendship and I recommend grabbing a copy, it’s important that we talk more honestly about conversations about friendship and like all other relationships. Here the episode!Big Friendship: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349013039My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/09/2224m 48s

Trinny Woodall (Replay): The Art of A Makeover (At Any Age)

This episode is a replay from 2018 with 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. In total they co-wrote eleven style advice books, many of which became hugely successfully best-sellers in the UK and America. In this episode we talk about the launch of her Trinny London make-up range (since this episode aired, Trinny London has gone from strength to strength and is now one of Europe’s fastest-growing direct-to-consumer startups, with a recent [$250 million] valuation! We discuss the art of a makeover, feeling your best, how your career can move in cycles, and why she doesn’t do sponsored posts on Instagram. Hope you enjoy!Trinny London: https://trinnylondon.com/uk/My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/2225m 38s

Julia Quinn (Replay): How She Wrote Bridgerton

This is a replay of my episode with the brilliant Bridgerton author Julia Quinn, recorded in 2021. She is a No.1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen consecutive NYT bestsellers including Bridgerton. The Duke and I is back in Sunday Times bestseller list in the U.K twenty years after publication and this was of course partly due to the fact that on December 25, 2020, Netflix premiered Bridgerton, based on her novels adapted by Shonda Rhimes. We spoke about writing, believing in your abilities and the moment she got the phone call from her agent about Bridgerton being optioned. Hope you enjoy!Bridgerton: The Duke & Ihttps://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349429212My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/09/2228m 25s

Alain De Botton (Replay): Life Is Not Meant To Be Perfect

This episode is a replay with the brilliant Alain de Botton. He is a writer of multiple books described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ 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 School of Life, one of my favourite platforms, which is an education space dedicated to a new vision of education, emotional intelligence and self-knowledge. The School of Life's latest book, is called A Simpler Life: a guide to greater serenity, ease, and clarity and came out in January 2022, which I really recommend. I hope you enjoy this episode!Alain De Botton's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/alain-de-bottonThe School Of Life books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/the-school-of-lifeMy Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/09/2237m 18s

Glennon Doyle (Replay): Getting Untamed

This is a replay with the amazing Glennon Doyle. We recorded this in the depths of the 2020 lockdown. She is the author of Love Warrior (which was an Oprah Book Club selection), as well as her New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. In this episode, we are discussing her new book "Untamed. Stop pleasing, start living" which then went on to becoming a #1 New York Times bestseller and (a Reese's Book Club selection), and Adele herself endorsed the book on her Instagram, saying “this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream.”Get your copy of Untamed: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781785043352My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/09/2239m 30s

Dolly Alderton (Replay): Everything She Knows About Writing A Memoir

Welcome back to this replay episode of Ctrl Alt Delete. Recorded three(?) years ago, writer Dolly Alderton and I discuss her memoir Everything I Know About Love, writing truthfully, turning thirty and how her life changed when her memoir sky-rocketed her to suddenly being in the public domain.Dolly Alderton is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. I've known Dolly since our freelancing days at places like The Debrief magazine where I worked in 2014 and it's been so fun watching her career blossom in so many different directions over the last decade. Dolly is the author of three books: Everything I Know About Love, now a major BBC drama series which I thoroughly enjoyed watching. For EIKAL she he won a National Book Award back in 2018 and is back in the charts now (in 2022) reaching a new audience through the TV show coming out; her novel Ghosts came out in 2020 and she has a new book Dear Dolly, a book publishing this October in 2022, which is a collection of her Dear Dolly columns plus new material. She also co-created and co-hosted the weekly current affairs and pop culture podcast called The High Low. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with Dolly! <3My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Dolly's NEW book, Dear Dolly: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241623640Check out EKIAL: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241982105My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/2238m 19s

Cathy Heller (Replay): How To Build A Life You Love

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, this is a replay episode with the brilliant Cathy Heller. Cathy is the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, now rebranded as The Cathy Heller show which is one of my favourites, it has had over 20 million downloads and she is a great conversation. In this conversation we talk about her book of the same name Don’t Keep Your Day Job which was released in 2019. It’s a great practical careers book and goes into detail about how to find the work you’re meant to do, find your people, starting off mediocre, grow your business, and wake up to a life you love. I LOVE this episode. This one got amazing feedback when it was first aired, so I’m excited to re-share it now. Hope you enjoy listening :) if you liked it please do leave me a review somewhere!My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Cathy Heller's book: https://amzn.to/3Pd17KqMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2241m 9s

Cate Sevilla (Replay): How To Deal With A Toxic Workplace

This is a replay episode from 2021 with the brilliant Cate Sevilla! She is currently editor in chief of Huffington Post UK and author of How to Work Without Losing Your Mind. The book is a relatable and reassuring guide to the messy, stressful and sometimes bizarre side of work that everyone experiences but no one talks about. I loved this book because it’s for people who don’t necessarily want work to take over their lives, people who don’t necessarily want to keep climbing a ladder or taking over the world, it’s for people who simply would like to be a bit happier at work every day. If you enjoyed this conversation, please do leave a little review somewhere! Thank you!My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Cate's book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241988992My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/2233m 32s

Hashi Mohamed (Replay): The Truth About Luck & Privilege

My guest today is Hashi Mohamed, one of the UK’s leading barristers, a BBC broadcaster and author on social mobility in Britain. His book is out now, called People Like Us. He is one of 12 children, Hashi came to the UK as an unaccompanied child refugee from Kenya in the summer of 1993 when he was just 9 years old. When he arrived he spoke basic English, attended failing school, raised on state benefits in a deprived area of North West London. Today, he is also a published author who attended Oxford University for his postgraduate degree and Bar School on a full scholarship. He is an incredible person, who inspires so many with his story of hope, ambition, success, resilience and adaptability. I’m excited to share this episode again with you. If you enjoyed, please do leave a review and check out Hashi's book.- Buy People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788161138- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/08/2238m 19s

#396 Tetyana Denford: Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

My guest today is Tetyana Denford, a Ukrainian-American author, translator, and freelance writer. Her debut novel, Motherland, based on an incredible family secret that was revealed by her maternal grandmother, was longlisted for the Readers Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and has been met with critical global acclaim. She is also the author of a beautiful poetry book series on the topics of hope, magic, empowerment, and love. This episode is about self-publishing, something Tetyana know so much about and we discuss the pros and cons of both self-publishing and traditional publishing, how to keep going with your writing and how to get your work out there plus retaining your creative integrity. Hope you enjoy this conversation!Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Tetyana's self-published books here: https://www.tetyanadenford.com/Check out The Child of Ukraine, out now: https://geni.us/B0B2S45GSNcoverBuy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/07/2229m 50s

#395 Matt Bell: How To Enjoy Writing Your Novel

My guest today is author and novelist Matt Bell! Today we’re chatting about his latest book Refuse To Be Done, a guide to novel writing, rewriting and revision. He is also the author of multiple novels included Appleseed which was A New York Times Notable Book and he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. I absolutely loved this latest book on how to write and rewrite a novel in three drafts and have been using tools from it as I work on my own future fiction projects. We chat all about novel writing a lot in this one, so I hope you enjoy and you can find a link to Matt’s book below, hope you enjoy.Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Refuse To Be Done here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781641293419Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/07/2237m 58s

#394 Donna Lancaster: Healing Ourselves & Post-Pandemic Grief

My guest today is Donna Lancaster and you are in for a treat. Donna’s work has been recommended to me by so many people, through work of mouth, she is incredible and has worked as a coach and therapist for more than 25 years. She was formerly the head of teaching at the Hoffman Institute UK and she might be perhaps most well known for co-creating The Bridge Retreat, a six-day personal development experience, if you are intrigued, you can check out her website for more information and also the Amazon Prime documentary called Love(d) which shares the stories of 12 people during The Bridge Retreat as they take the leap to overcome grief and loss in their lives: https://loveddocumentary.comDonna's work has been featured everywhere from Psychologies, Conde Nast and Tatler. She has now released a book called The Bridge. A nine step crossing into authentic and wholehearted living. It’s full of wisdom and I absolutely loved it. I have a feeling you’re going to love this episode, we talk about grief, including post-pandemic grief in all its forms, and I felt very comforted in her presence. Enjoy!Donna's The Bridge book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241513095My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/2241m 30s

Jamie Bartlett (Replay): The World’s Biggest Crypto Con

This is a replay episode with Jamie Bartlett recorded back in 2019, he is the bestselling author of multiple books including The Dark Net and People vs Tech. In this episode we are discussing his podcast The Missing Cryptoqueen, a BBC Sounds podcast described by The Telegraph as ‘the most gripping podcast since Serial’: the podcast uncovers the mysterious story of Dr Ruja Ignatova who persuaded millions to join her financial revolution, a new cryptocurrency called One Coin that turned out to be a scam. Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt made the podcast trying to track her down and present a story of greed, deceit and herd madness. Definitely go and listen if you haven't already - and excitingly, Jamie recently revealed that he has written a book too called The Missing Cryptoqueen and it’s been released in June 2022, one to order now! Hope you enjoy listening to this.Jamie's BBC Sounds podcast The Missing Cryptoqueen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p07nkd84Jamie's new The Missing Cryptoqueen BOOK: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780753559581My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/2234m 56s

#393 Louise O'Neill: The Problem With Having Online 'Idols'

My guest today is the author Louise O’Neill – today we are discussing her brilliant new book IDOL – a riveting darkly delicious story that interrogates our relationship with our internet heroes  asking how well we can ever really know the gurus we look up to and their carefully curated profiles. It is written with Louise’s signature style, reminding me of her much applauded book Asking For It, a novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, which published in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. I think this is her best work yet, and I love all her books fiercely. I hope you enjoy this episode about the themes in IDOL, I so enjoyed catching up with Louise again!Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy IDOL here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781787635333Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/2239m 43s

#392 Vicky Spratt: We Need To Talk About Britain's Housing Crisis

My guest today is Vicky Spratt, the author of TENANTS: The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency and journalist whose work regularly shapes public policy. She is also currently the iPaper's Housing Correspondent.  Her 2016 campaign Make Renting Fair got letting fees in England and Wales banned, and she has spoken at political conferences, appeared on BBC News, Newsnight, Woman's Hour, Radio 4 and tons more. Vicky is an incredible voice on this issue and I found this episode really galvanising, enraging, inspiring and empowering. Vicky has a way of making people wake up and feel engaged when it comes to issues that feel pretty overwhelming. I hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please consider sharing with a friend or leaving a review - or both! Thanks for listening.LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy TENANTS here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788161275Check out the work of Kwajo Tweneboa: https://bit.ly/3sXemWqBuy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/2245m 35s

#391 Francesca Specter: How To Be Alone (and Enjoy it)

My guest today is  Francesca Specter, author of Alonement: How to be alone and absolutely own it, and the creator of the Alonement podcast. You guessed it, today we are discussing how to be alone - something I’m really passionate about as someone who values alone time, takes myself on solo trips and loves Julia Cameron’s suggestion of The Artist Date, where you take yourself on a date. Francesca speaks so brilliant about this and coined the term Alonement, which is different from being lonely - we talk about learning to enjoy your own company, what this means in the context of getting through a pandemic, tips and tools on how to embrace alone time if it’s something you feel afraid of and how we can speak about solitude in a more nuanced way. Hope you enjoy this conversation. My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Francesca's brilliant book ALONEMENT: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529412628The Alonement podcast: https://www.alonement.com/podcastMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/2234m 27s

#390 Clemmie Telford: What Does "Influencer" Even Mean Now?

My guest today is Clemmie Telford, Creative Director, podcaster and author But Why: How to answer tricky questions from kids and have an honest conversation with yourself and a podcast with the same name. She is also the founder of the blog Mother of All Lists which hit over 1 million reads in 2018 she uses her social channels to enable frank, open and honest conversations, some of her most recent episodes are on domestic abuse to grief to ADHD to debt. She has been praised for showing her vulnerability around the highs and lows of Motherhood, discussing the challenges of mental health and anxiety and most recently the positive impact of being sober. I really enjoyed this honest chat about the word influencer and whether we are now ‘post-influencer’, working with brands as a parent, making it work, setting boundaries online and loads more. Hope you enjoy.My Substack! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Clemmie's book But Why? https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472278807My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks Mentioned On Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/2238m 48s

#389 Sheila Heti: Art is the Opposite of an Algorithm

My guest today is the brilliant Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and How Should a Person Be? In this episode we discuss her latest book Pure Colour, a new novel l about art, love, loss and time. It has been described as a galaxy of a novel: explosive, bright, huge and streaked with beauty. Sheila Heti has also been described as philosopher of modern experience - and I really enjoyed this conversation. Motherhood, her novel which grapples with the question of whether or not to have kids was a huge inspiration on me - and I think Sheila is one of the most talented artists of our time. Enjoy this conversation, I loved it and was on cloud nine after recording! My Substack! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Sheila Heti's Pure Colour: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781787302808Sheila Heti's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/sheila-hetiMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks Mentioned On Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/2233m 34s

#388 Dr Rafa Euba: The Truth About The "Happiness" Industry

Does happiness even exist? Dr Rafa Euba doesn't think so. He is a consultant psychiatrist, based in London, born in the Bask Country, Spain and after qualifying in Medicine, he became a psychiatrist in England. He has worked in many different settings, from exclusive clinics to slums, and his work on depression moved him to write a book on how we are not designed to be happy, called "You are not meant to be happy. So stop trying!" It is such an interesting book, looking at the myths of happiness, how our brains are not designed to keep us happy 24/7, the smoke and mirrors of self-help positive thinking industries, and how mixed and contradictory our emotions can be. I hope you enjoy this conversation and feel intrigued to pick up a copy of his book!LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Buy Dr Rafa Euba's book HERE: https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-meant-happy-stop-trying/dp/1913613038/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022Social media:Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/2223m 26s

#387 Delia Ephron: Falling In Love Over Email

My guest today is Delia Ephron: bestselling author, screenwriter and playwright. Her movies include You've Got Mail (starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks) and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, she has written novels and non-fiction, and her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Oprah magazine and Vogue. She collaborated with her sister, Nora Ephron, on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran for two years off-Broadway, and today we are chatting about her brilliant new memoir called Left on Tenth, A Second Chance at Life - a beautiful book about many things: Delia's second chance at love, her wonderful friendships and a heartfelt account of life after cancer. It’s a book about hope and I really really recommend a read and curling up with Delias words and shutting the world off for a moment. Hope you enjoy the conversation :)LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Buy Left On Tenth here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780857528834My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022Social media:Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/2227m 49s

#386 Josh Roberts: Why We're So Bored At Work

My guest today is Josh Roberts, author of Anxious Man and Generation Drift (Why We’re Up Career Creek and How to Paddle Home). He is a mental health writer, speaker and consultant; and cohost of the Voicemale podcast with Jamie Laing. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte, before moving into advertising. Three years ago, he experienced a rather intense mental breakdown which culminated in being diagnosed with a Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Inspired by comments and stories he received, he resolved to quit his job and devote my time to trying to help others through writing, broadcasting and public speaking on the topic of mental health. I really enjoyed this new book on careers, mental health, comparison, success and why so many of us are ‘drifters’. Hope you enjoy this conversation and definitely recommend grabbing a copy of the book!​LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Buy Anxious Man: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529364927Buy Generation Drift: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529377248My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022Social media:Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/05/2238m 49s

#385 Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: Is It Finally Time For The 4 Day Week?

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. My guest today is Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author and consultant devoted to helping companies and individuals harness the power of rest to shorten our workdays, while staying focused and productive. He is the author of four books, including SHORTER, REST and The Distraction Addiction. He speaks so brilliant on the topic of the 4-day week and future of work, and how deliberate rest makes creative careers more productive and sustainable.In this episode we dive into the four day week, will it ever happen? What are the benefits? How the pandemic has changed our working days and how do we be happier and healthier at work? Hope you enjoy.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Check out Alex's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/alex-soojung-kim-pangMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/05/2230m 39s

#384 Clemmie Burton-Hill: The Power Of Classical Music

Clemmie Burton Hill on the podcast today. I became friends with Clemmie years ago now when she interviewed me at Hay festival about my book and ever since then we spoke about books, work, life and everything in between. Clemmie is a broadcaster, author, novelist, journalist, violinist and a lover of arts and music. On the morning of January the 20th 2020, only weeks before the pandemic turned the world upside dow, Clemmie suffered a catastrophic brain injury. One moment she was in a meeting in New York where she lives with her husband and two children. She is one of the most inspirational and magical people I know. Today we're discussing her brilliant book, Another Year of Wonder, a fantastic book making classical music more accessible to everyone with a song for every day. She's given me a song for every mood and every feeling that I can't really conjure up with words. I hope you enjoy this episode.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Clemmie’s book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472259370My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonukCHOOSE LOVE: https://chooselove.org/Max Richter: https://www.maxrichtermusic.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/05/2236m 47s

#383 Jamie Klingler: Reclaim These Streets (Part 2)

Trigger warnings for this episode, we discuss Sarah Everard, violence against women, rape and sexual assault in this episode. If you are not in the mood to listen to these topics, please protect yourself and perhaps give this one a miss.My guest today is Jamie Klingler, writer, activist, keynote speaker and campaigner for women’s safety as co-founder of Reclaim These Streets. This is part two of this full conversation with Jamie (part one available here). In this episode we are discussing her activist work, how Reclaim These Streets started, how to show up and make change and what we can do to help. The group began as a collective of women organising a vigil for Sarah Everard in March 2021, to raise awareness, make change and to stand up for all women who feel unsafe, have been lost to violence, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day. They campaign, hold vigils, rally together volunteers and speak and act on women’s safety and even recently took on the Met police. They aim to use legislation, education and community action to ensure no woman has to be asked to 'text me when you get home' again. I will leave all the information in the shownotes below, and thanks again to Jamie for coming on the podcast to chat to me about her work. Jamie Klingler: https://twitter.com/jamieklinglerReclaim These Streets: https://reclaimthesestreets.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/2225m 49s

#382 Jamie Klingler: A Year of Intense Transformation (Part 1)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! (Just a heads up in this one we talk about weight loss, alcohol dependency, mental health and big life changes.) My guest today is Jamie Klingler, born and raised in Philadelphia and has lived in London for almost twenty years working in publishing and events. She is a writer and speaker/campaigner for women’s safety. In December she was named #9 in the UK Communicators of 2021 by PR Week for her work with Reclaim These Streets. In this part one of the episode we discuss Jamie’s life transformation over the lockdown period where she gave up drinking and overhauled her life. In her words in the Guardian, she "gave up booze, took up running and found the strength and stamina to fight for a better future”. In part two of this episode we discuss her brilliant work as co-founder of Reclaim These Streets, a group formed to remember Sarah Everard and campaigns for women’s safety. I am fascinated by Jamie’s story and how she speaks so openly about how a big lifestyle change enabled her to do more work in a space she is passionate about. Hope you enjoy listening.Reclaim These Streets: https://reclaimthesestreets.comJamie's YOU magazine article: https://www.you.co.uk/jamie-klingler-i-was-always-the-drunk-party-girl/My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Jamie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamieklinglerMy books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/04/2227m 13s

A message from Emma

Come and have a look here >>> https://thehyphen.substack.comIntroduce yourself here >>> https://thehyphen.substack.com/p/shall-we-introduce-ourselves/commentsHello, listeners of Ctrl Alt Delete! First of all, thanks so much for being a regular listener of this podcast, I really enjoy making it for you! This podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads every month and I always wonder who you are, where you are listening from? What the episodes resonate the most with you? I know that this is a really warm and welcoming bunch of people who tune in every week and basically I’d love to hear from you and say hello! :)I now have the perfect place for us to chat in a two-way dialogue. Recently I have launched a community based newsletter on Substack called The Hyphen and it’s my place to write, share links, books, podcasts, all sorts of recommendations, and it’s already a wonderful community of like-minded people. It is a paying advertising-free community of $7 a month, the price of a couple of coffees, to access the community threads (every Tuesday we discuss a new topic which each other), Q&A columns from me where I write an answer on a specific reader question and tons more. There is a thread called ‘introduce yourself’ (see link above) where you can tell us a bit about you and what you do and what you like to do! I will also donate a portion of each month’s revenue to Choose Love, in particular at the moment I’ll be donating to the Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser. So come and say hi! I'd love to hear from you!E xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/04/222m 10s

#381 Fearne Cotton: Finding Meaning in a Messy World

Fearne Cotton is one of the best-known and most popular broadcasters in the UK and is most recently known as the founder of the wellbeing brand and podcast, Happy Place. This came off the back of her first book Happy in 2017 which was a Sunday Times Bestseller. This was the first in a series of books talking about her own positive, and some of the not so positive, experiences with happiness. Happy Place Podcast now has over 40 million downloads and had over 10,000 people attending two Happy Place Festivals in the UK. I really enjoy Fearne's laid back, warm and approachable vibe and I love her curiosity. In this episode, we discuss her new book Bigger Than Us, which brings insight and wisdom from lots of different teachers, ​​from intuition and energy to manifesting, ritual, prayer and star signs. It covers so much and it is really intriguing, bringing some of the magical bits to us in a more accessible way. I went to Fearne's home studio to record this one and it was really fun, I hope you enjoy our conversation!My Substack! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Fearne's book 'Bigger Than Us': https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349415376My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks Mentioned On Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/04/2247m 8s

#380 Jamie Varon: How To Set Boundaries On Social Media (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, my guest today is Jamie Varon: writer, designer, digital course creator, and creative consultant living in California. Today we are talking about her book Radically Content - Being Satifisied in an Endlessly Dissatisfied World. If you enjoy Jamie’s musings, vignettes and writing that she posts on her Instagram to thousands of people you’ll absolutely love having a physical copy of this book. Jamie and I crossed digital paths years ago in the blogging space and I thoroughly enjoyed this chat for the podcast as this topic of defining our own inner value system and ideas of success is something I’m writing about at the moment too with my next book. So this was a great chat and I hope you enjoy it.LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Buy Jamie's book Radically Content here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781631068478My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022Social media:Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonukJamie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamievaron/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/2227m 8s

#379 Jamie Varon: How to Be Radically Content With Your Life (Part 1)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, my guest today is Jamie Varon: writer, designer, digital course creator, and creative consultant living in California. Today we are talking about her book Radically Content - Being Satifisied in an Endlessly Dissatisfied World. If you enjoy Jamie’s musings, vignettes and writing that she posts on her Instagram to thousands of people you’ll absolutely love having a physical copy of this book. Jamie and I crossed digital paths years ago in the blogging space and it’s just so great that we got to have this chat for the podcast as this topic of defining our own inner value system and ideas of success is something I’m writing about at the moment too with my next book. So this was a great chat and I hope you enjoy it.LINKS:Join my Substack community and come and say hi! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Buy DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Buy Jamie's book Radically Content here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781631068478My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonMy favourite 2022 reads: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/best-reads-of-2022Social media:Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonukJamie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamievaron/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/2231m 35s

#378 Clover Stroud: Writing About Life & Death (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of this conversation with writer and journalist Clover Stroud, as we discuss her third memoir The Red Of My Blood: a brutal, bold and brilliant artistic piece of life writing about family, survival, death and grief. I really felt like I lived this book as opposed to reading it, as Clover really goes deep and invites the reader in to experience it all with her. Just a reminder to make sure you listen to part one first, as this is part two of the conversation! Hope you enjoy Clover's wise and beautiful words.My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Clover's book The Red Of My Blood: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780857527738My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/04/2228m 24s

#377 Clover Stroud: Writing About Life & Death (Part 1)

My guest today is writer and journalist Clover Stroud. I adore her writing and outlook on the world. Her first book, The Wild Other, was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize. Her second book, My Wild & Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story was rated one of the 'best books of the year, 2020' by the Observer and the Telegraph and was a Sunday Times bestseller. And her third memoir The Red Of My Blood might just be my favourite of them all. In this book, Clover is looking at life, death and grief. She is asking the question: can death bring something good to my life? A few weeks before Christmas, Clover's sister died of breast cancer, aged forty-six. Her sudden death broke Clover's life into pieces. The Red of My Blood charts Clover's surreal and fearless journey through the first year after her sister's death. This is a really special book and really recommend you pick up a copy. This is part one of our conversation, and part two will be released right after it so if you enjoyed go and check out part two now :)My Substack page, come and say hi: https://thehyphen.substack.com/Clover's book The Red Of My Blood: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780857527738My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannonBooks mentioned on Ctrl Alt Delete podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/books-mentioned-on-ctrl-alt-delete-podcastTwitter: Twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/04/2224m 44s

#376 Madeleine Dore: Letting Go Of Productivity Guilt

Madeleine Dore is my guest today, a writer and interviewer exploring how we can broaden the definition of a day well spent. Her book I Didn’t Do The Thing Today is  gentle wise and insightful look at letting go of productivity guilt and it is out now. It’s a truly wonderful look at how we unravel the relationship between our output with inner self worth. With Madeleine’s excellent writing interspersed with lots of other wise voices, this book helps the reader feel less anxious, stressed or disappointed and takes productive routines off a pedestal and helps us embrace the messy middle bits. For the past five years, Madeline has been asking creative thinkers how they navigate their days on her popular blog Extraordinary Routines and podcast Routines & Ruts which I highly recommend you check out. Hope you enjoy this conversation!- Buy I Didn’t Do The Thing Today here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781922351500- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/04/2237m 41s

Sarah Ellis (REPLAY): What is a 'Squiggly' Career?

Today's episode is a replay with Sarah Ellis. PART TWO on 'squiggly motherhood' is already live btw!Sarah is the co-founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company with an ambition to democratise career development. They are the co-hosts of the UK’s no.1 careers podcast, Squiggly Careers and the book The Squiggly Career out now. In January 2021 they recorded their TEDx talk at Abbey Road Studios in London. Their work has lots of parallels with mine, they recognise that the world of linear and predictable career ladders are disappearing. Instead, careers are now much more 'squiggly'. I love their stuff. Hope you enjoy!Buy your copy of The Squiggly Careers here! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241385845Buy your copy of The Multi-Hyphen Method here! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781473680128 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/03/2226m 34s

#375 Farrah Storr: Are Newsletters the New Magazines?

Come and say hello to Farrah and I on my Substack The Hyphen'! https://thehyphen.substack.com/p/a-conversation-with-farrah-storr?s=wToday we are talking about writing, career changes, magazines and Substack newsletters! Some exciting news also that I have launched my very own SUBSTACK newsletter! Check it out here: https://thehyphen.substack.com/ If you sign up, Every month, you’ll receive my Hyphen round-up for free, and for paying subscribers, you’ll gain access to the full archive, a monthly book recommendation that we can all read together, a regular Q&A instalment and book giveaways. You’ll also be supporting all the work I do and give away for free! :)My guest today is Farrah Storr, the new Head of UK writer partnerships at Substack. She is the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan & Elle UK and the author of the book The Discomfort Zone: How to Get What You Want by Living Fearlessly. I interviewed her for this podcast back in 2018 and I’m excited to invite her back on to discuss what’s changed, what she is up to, including her new role at Substack. She also has her own newsletter: Things Worth Knowing where she covers a wealth of different topics from friendship to love to career - which lots of wisdom in there. We talk about why she left magazines, the current landscape for creators, the power of newsletters and having paying subscribers, and how to navigating an evolving digital world. Hope you enjoy!My Substack! https://thehyphen.substack.com/Farrah's Substack: https://farrah.substack.com/Farrah's book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349415376- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/03/2231m 7s

Seth Godin (REPLAY): Do You Have A Creative Practice?

Today I’m replaying one of my favourite episodes with one of my favourite people, Seth Godin! He is like an unofficial mentor to me, I follow his work religiously and he continues to have a huge impact on me. He is the author of 20 books, and his blog, which you’ll find at Seths.blog is one of the most widely read blogs on the Internet and he blogs every single day. He helps people find dignity and motivation in their creative work, and he has been a huge influence on me over the years. We talk about his incredible new book The Practice which I think is his best book yet. It’s also brilliant on audiobook if you need a pep talk with your creative project. As always, if you enjoy this podcast please do consider leaving a review somewhere. And I'll see you again next week! :)- Buy The Practice here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241470046- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/03/2233m 36s

#374 Julia Hobsbawm: Do We Still Need Offices?

My guest today is Julia Hobsbawm: entrepreneur, writer, and consultant who addresses the challenges of this hyper connected age. She is Chair of the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence. She is the author of six bestselling books including The Simplicity Principle and Fully Connected. Today we are discussing her latest book The Nowhere Office, a book that proposes a radical new way of thinking about work both now and in the future. This isn’t an anti-office book but more a look at what the world now looks like: are offices not needed in the same way? What does the future look like? It covers the new challenges of remote working, repurposing offices for more creativity, managing WFH teams and how to work with purpose and greater work/life balance. I really enjoyed it, it reminded me of so much I was writing about in The Multi-Hyphen Method pre-pandemic, so i found it fascinating speaking to her. I hope you enjoy it :)- Buy The Nowhere Office here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529396522- Buy The Multi-Hyphen Method here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781473680128- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/03/2252m 43s

#373 Daisy Buchanan: When A Dream Job Turns Toxic

My guest today is Daisy Buchanan, an award winning journalist, author and broadcaster. She has written for every major newspaper and magazine in the UK and hosts the brilliant bookish podcast You're Booked, where she interviews legendary writers from all over the world about how their reading habits shape their work. She is the author of How To Be A Grown Up, The Sisterhood and the novels Insatiable and Careering. I’ve known Daisy for a long time so it was really fun to sit down in person and have a chat. In this episode, we dig into her career as a whole and also into the themes in Careering her new novel - all about the toxic relationship we can have with our jobs. I hope you enjoy!For World Book Day today, you can get 30% OFF my Writer's Journal with MishMash, just use my exclusive discount code EMMA at checkout: https://mishmash.pt/shop/writers-journal- Buy CAREERING here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780751580204- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/03/2238m 35s

JoJo Moyes (REPLAY): On Both Rejection and Success

This is a replay of an old episode with JoJo Moyes, recorded back in 2018 at the Penguin offices! A trip down memory lane! Jojo Moyes is a novelist, best known for her bestselling book Me Before You which has sold over 8 million copies worldwide, she has been a full time novelist since 2002, before that she was a journalist for 10 years. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin & Emilia Clarke was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success with the screenplay also written by Jojo. since this interview, she’s published the Giver Of Stars which has been a huge success, in this episode 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. Hope you enjoy!Me Before You: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780718157838Still Me: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781405924207 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/2226m 39s

Rebecca Seal (REPLAY): Do You Ever Feel Lonely?

My guest today is Rebecca Seal, an episode all about loneliness and working from home. Rebecca is the author of Solo: How to Work Alone (and Not Lose Your Mind). It’s a fantastic book absolutely filled to the brim with wfh advice and tips and anecdotes. It's a science and evidence-based exploration of what working alone does to your brain and well-being, and how to cope with the more difficult aspects of solo work. She doesn’t shy away from talking about her own tough times in her own freelance life which I personally found super helpful. Initially, she thought it was a book for freelancers and self-employed people...and then 2020 happened.If you enjoyed this episode, definitely check out The Solo Collective, her brilliant podcast all about solo work: https://www.howtoworkalone.com/solo-collective-podcastHope you enjoy!Link to Rebecca's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788164856- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/02/2234m 37s

#372 Elizabeth Uviebinené Interviews Me About (Dis)connected

This is a re-post of Zoom conversation I had with the brilliant Elizabeth Uviebienene, author of Slay In Your Lane, The Reset and the forthcoming The Offline Diaries for Papier’s Book Club. I love Papier, every time I have a book out I buy their personalised notecards and feel very fancy, so I’m thrilled that I get to share the conversation with you on here. I hope you enjoy this conversation we mainly discuss my new book Disconnected, staying sane online, personal brands, career envy and more. Hope you enjoy!  Buy your copy of (DIS)CONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Elizabeth's book THE RESET: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529347432 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/2237m 27s

#371 Melanie Eusebe MBE: What is Financial Wellness?

Melanie Eusebe is a creative entrepreneur and a director. She is also a co-founder of The Black British Business Awards and founder of the Money Moves financial empowerment programme. Melanie was a judge for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, and in the same year she was awarded an MBE for services to diversity in business. She is a powerhouse of pep talks and knowledge and brilliance and I’m thrilled to be talking to her today about her book Financial Wellness and how to find it. This is not just another money book, it goes deeper than that showing us that the way we think about money has a lot to do with the way we think about ourselves, and the stories we believe about what we deserve. I really enjoyed this conversation and hope you get a lot from it because I definitely did!You can buy Melanie's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781398702691 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/02/2238m 55s

#370 Grace Beverley: What Is Creative Flow State? (BONUS)

 Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, this episode is brought to you by HP and their new Spectre x 360 laptop. (AD)In this bonus episode, we are focusing on creative flow, especially The Creative Flow State - what is it? How do we get into our best flow, and do our best work? This isn’t about productivity per se, but how we can be our best creative selves at work. My guest today is entrepreneur Grace Beverely, founder of sustainable style brand TALA and fitness tech brand Shreddy. By the age of just twenty-three, Grace had been named in Forbes' 30-under-30 retail and e-commerce list, graduated from Oxford University, and attained a Sustainable Business accreditation from Harvard Business School. She is the author of Working Hard, Hardly Working, a guide on achieving more with less stress. This episode is full of tips and tricks on how to unleash your creativity, reduce distractions, find your flow and how the HP Spectre’s thoughtful design and features can help facilitate this.  To find out more, you can visit here: www.hp.com/thoughtfullaptop (AD) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/2235m 17s

#369 Christina Crook: Meet The Digital Marie Kondo

My guest today is Christina Crook, digital mindfulness thought leader, speaker, and host of the JOMO(cast) podcast. She is also the author of Good Burdens and The Joy Of Missing Out and has been called "the Marie Kondo of digital" by Harper’s Bazaar which sums up her work really well. Christina’s own battle with digital overwhelm and balance led her to write these books and her advice around mindfulness, live joyfully and prioritising our wellbeing is really powerful and practical. In today’s episode we are discussing her latest book Good Burdens which I absolutely loved, it’s all about taking a step back from our screens, realigning our energies, increasing intentionality, and prioritising our well-being in the digital age. There are lots of synergies with my book (Dis)connected which I loved, so I hope you enjoy this conversation! Get your copy of Good Burdens here: https://amzn.to/3HBDB5LGet your copy of (Dis)connected here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/02/2245m 44s

#368 Sarah Ellis: How To Coach Yourself Through Tricky Times

Sarah Ellis is my return guest today! She is one of the founders of Amazing If, alongside Helen Tupper, which is an award-winning career development company. They are the co-hosts of the book and podcast, Squiggly Careers. Today, Sarah is back on the podcast to talk about her new book You Coach You, which I really enjoyed because it’s all about how you can help yourself during those knotty difficult times during life and work. Sarah and Helen are really brilliant at giving really practical advice on supercharging your confidence, playing to your strengths and setting yourself up for success. So I hope you enjoy this conversation with Sarah, I definitely did! :)You can buy You Coach You here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241502730You can buy (Dis)Connected here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Check out this survey from The Post Office, a current sponsor of Ctrl Alt Delete!https://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/5/p299364423555.aspx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/02/2244m 20s

#367 Abigail Bergstrom: How To Write A Novel In Secret

Abigail Bergstrom is a Welsh writer, editor and agent, who has worked in publishing for over a decade. She is an industry leader and an expert and has edited some of Britain's most prominent feminist voices, she was nominated for Literary Agent of the Year 2020 and has helped build some of today's biggest book brands. But today, we are here to talk about her debut novel What A Shame! A brilliantly fresh novel with blistering humour reminiscent of Emma Jane Unsworth and the raw vulnerability of I May Destroy You. It is a book about female shame, friendship, grief, about trying to heal yourself, about trying unorthodox remedies to go deeper into yourself and explores both the beauty and the pain of figuring hard things out. We talk about burnout, the downsides of pushing yourself to the limit, writing a novel in secret, how to deconstruct your working life and how to reshape it. I loved this conversation and it was a treat getting to chat to Abbie :)Abbie's book What A Shame: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529367065Check out this survey from The Post Office, a current sponsor of Ctrl Alt Delete!https://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/5/p299364423555.aspx Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/02/2247m 13s

Candice Brathwaite (REPLAY): Visualising Your Dreams

This is a replay episode with the brilliant Candice Brathwaite, it is one of my favourite episodes from 2020. She is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother and Sista Sister. Her first book was called 'an urgent part-memoir, part-manifesto' about Black British motherhood. Her new book Sista Sister has been described by Cosmopolitan as "like the old sibling you wish you had growing up". She is a whip-smart, philosophical and inspirational writer, I absolutely love her work and was lucky enough to interview live recently at the Southbank Centre (thanks for having me, Candice and team!) This episode is differently worth a re-listen. Candice's books:I Am Not Your Baby Mother: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529406283Sista Sister: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529415315PRE-ORDER Candice's YA debut novel: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781786541833 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/2225m 36s

Venetia La Manna (REPLAY): How To Slow Down

This is a replay episode with the brilliant Venetia La Manna, broadcaster, slow fashion campaigner. On her platforms she discusses issues relating to the fast fashion industry and climate crisis. I always learn a lot from her, especially on the topic of how to support garment workers and hold the fashion industry to account. In the first half we talk about her work in the slow fashion space and the second half is about how she ditches her phone at the weekend to enjoy a slower pace, so basically an episode on how to slow down. Enjoy! xoIf you're interested in more tips and tricks on setting digital boundaries, my new book (DIS)CONNECTED is out now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Check out Venetia's podcast here: https://play.acast.com/s/talkingtastebudsFollow me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonuk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/01/2239m 29s

Rachel DeLoache Williams (REPLAY): The Story of Anna Delvey

This is a replay episode! 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 (all about her relationship with NYC scammer Anna Delvey. 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!Check out the book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781787478305 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/2227m 51s

#366 Julia Cameron (NEW): Navigating Worries, Doubts & Fears

My guest today is the wonderful Julia Cameron - again! She is a third time guest on this podcast and that’s because I just love her wisdom so much. She is a huge inspiration of mine when it comes to creativity and wellbeing, and she has a new book out, called Seeking Wisdom: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection, which is a comforting, brilliant guide to stepping back and finding faith in your creativity again, and yes, in some cases a higher power. In the new book, she recaps on her recovery from alcoholism and addiction, its a deeply personal account of pain, healing and growth, showing the reader how to harness prayer (in whatever form that takes for the individual) to overcome our lives challenges and obstacles, and forge ahead towards becoming the person we are meant to be. It’s inviting and welcoming: she embraces her reader to believe in something again, and you of course don’t have to use the word God if you don't want to, you can use whatever word or concept you like. I also really recommend her memoir Floor Sample which is one of my favourite ever memoirs. So, here is a brand new episode with Julia and I really hope you enjoy it!!Pre-order Floor Sample here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781800811959Buy Seeking Wisdom here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788168250 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/01/2236m 6s

#365 An Interview With Me(!): My New Book Disconnected: LIVE at BookBar

I’m excited to share this episode with you, this time it’s an interview with me! All about my new book Disconnected, which is out TODAY (January 13th 2022). I did an in person event at BookBar in London, a gorgeous independent bookstore that I recommend you visiting if you are ever in the area, and I was interviewed by the founder of the bookstore Chrissy Ryan. It felt amazing to be in person with people again after launching projects on Zoom for so long. We discussed many themes in the book; how to unplug without going cold turkey, why I don’t believe in guilt-trips or intense digital detoxes and why I think there’s a better way to create a healthy distance with your phone. We discuss our Internet selves, how to stay true to who we are online, what an e-personality is, how to slowly step away from society’s productivity obsession, how to realise when your devices are making you anxious and prompts on how to create space for yourself again. So I really hope you enjoy this conversation, and if you’d like to buy the book, in hardback, audio or e-book I have left the links below in the show-notes. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for listening!Order yours here!Hardback: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127Audio: https://adbl.co/336s13HE-book: https://amzn.to/336lYfv Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/01/2236m 9s

Dame Stephanie Shirley (REPLAY): On Learning To Love Change

This is a replay of an episode with Dame “Steve” Stephanie Shirley. I recorded this one in 2019, it was a sunny summer’s day in London and we recorded it in a meeting room at Penguin’s offices. Dame Stephanie ​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 "Do ambitious women have flat heads?" it is funny and moving and super interesting to hear what it was like being a woman in tech during the 60s. 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 important to always keep learning. Hope you enjoy x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/01/220s

Finding Myself Again (Disconnected Audiobook Sample 4)

Thanks for listening! I have a NEW BOOK out! The audiobook narrated by me for DISCONNECTED is available through Audible.You can get yours here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Disconnected-Audiobook/B09KW5DXHYCheck out the hardcover of DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/2211m 9s

Falling Out of Love with The Internet (Disconnected Audiobook Sample 3)

Thanks for listening! I have a NEW BOOK OUT! The audiobook narrated by me for DISCONNECTED is available through Audible.You can get yours here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Disconnected-Audiobook/B09KW5DXHYCheck out the hardcover of DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/01/2211m 37s

Who Are You Online? (Disconnected Audiobook Sample 2)

Thanks for listening! I have a NEW BOOK OUT! The audiobook narrated by me for DISCONNECTED is available through Audible.You can get yours here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Disconnected-Audiobook/B09KW5DXHYCheck out the hardcover of DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/01/2213m 54s

The Trees And Us (Disconnected Audiobook Sample 1)

Thanks for listening! I have a NEW BOOK OUT! The audiobook narrated by me for DISCONNECTED is available through Audible.You can get yours here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Disconnected-Audiobook/B09KW5DXHYCheck out the hardcover of DISCONNECTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529373127 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/2211m 57s

Philippa Perry (REPLAY): How We Internalise Our Parents' Voice

This episode is a replay from 2019 with the wonderful Philippa Perry. Since this episode aired she has started a new role as agony aunt for the Observer, answering reader questions and her responses are of course wise and wonderful. 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 and continues to dominate the charts, a book all about what really matters and the vital dos and don'ts of parenting. Hope you enjoy re-listening to this! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/12/210s

Poorna Bell (REPLAY): Quit Your Job. Go Travelling.

This is a replay episode! Poorna Bell is award-winning journalist of 15 years and a digital expert having worked as UK Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for Huffington Post. Her debut non-fiction book Chase The Rainbow came out last year; a moving memoir about how Poorna's life was affected —but not defined—by the suicide of her husband Rob. 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. Since this recording she has also released the brilliant book Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women's Strength which is part memoir, part manifesto. Stronger explores old-fashioned notions and long-held beliefs about getting strong. Hope you enjoy this conversation :)Check out Poorna's books here: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/poorna-bell Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/12/2145m 6s

Sophia Amoruso (REPLAY): The Original Girlboss Reflects On Work

This is a replay with Sophia Amoruso. It was recorded back in Jan 2020 when I was in LA, back when we could fly around the world and interview people in person. Sophia Amoruso is the author of the 2014 New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS, a book that chronicled her early life as the founder of fashion empire Nasty Gal — it was also adapted into a scripted TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2017.  Reading Girlboss in 2014 was a real moment for me as its when I first made steps towards starting my own business. Since this episode aired, she has founded a new venture called Business Class, a brilliant toolkit for founders - I will link to it in the shownotes. 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 ♡ Thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/12/210s

Steven Bartlett (REPLAY): Ripping Up The Career Rule Book

This is a replay episode from 2019. Steve Bartlett is the founder of Social Chain, a global, social-first marketing agency and production house. He first built his business from his bedroom in Manchester after dropping out of university. He is also as a speaker, investor and hosts the hit podcast 'Diary Of A CEO' and since this recording he has released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ which was a number 2 Sunday Times best seller it’s opening week. We chat about the influencer marketing world,​ ​how to grow a business from scratch, what to do if your parents don't get what you do / family don't support you, the problem with the 'you can do whatever you want" mentality, and why millennials are burning out. Enjoy!Check out Steven's debut book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529301496 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/2139m 29s

Sara Tasker (REPLAY): Building A 6-Figure Business At Home

This is a replay episode with the brilliant Sara Tasker from late 2018, a while ago! She is a 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 6-figure business where we gets to work from home. She also has a fascinating podcast called Hashtag Authentic with online creatives 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. Hope you enjoy this conversation! xxBuy Sara's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781911127611Follow Sara on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/me_and_orla/Follow me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonuk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/12/2125m 44s

Emma Dabiri (REPLAY): On Her Debut Book, "Don't Touch My Hair"

This is a replay of a fascinating conversation I had in 2019 with the amazing Emma Dabiri, presenter, social historian and Sunday Times Bestselling author. She has been listed as one of the BBC’s broadcasting stars of the future, and one of The Observer's 2019 rising stars. In this episode we discuss her debut book Don’t Touch My Hair published by Penguin​, a brilliant book about why black hair matters. Since this episode aired, Emma’s second book What White People Can Do Next which went on to be a Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller. In this book she draws on years of research and personal experience to challenge us to create meaningful, lasting change. She is an incredible voice and I really recommend picking up a copy of both of her books! ​I hope you enjoy this episode and please don't forget to leave a rating or a review on iTunes, it really helps!​ :)Buy your copy of What White People Can Do Next: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780141996738And Don't Touch My Hair: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/don-t-touch-my-hair/9780141986289 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/12/2134m 40s

Emma Jane Unsworth (REPLAY): Finding Your Writing Voice

This episode is from last year (2020) with the brilliant Emma Jane Unsworth, award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her latest novel, ADULTS, is a comedy about a thirty-something woman whose life is falling apart and her strange relationship with social media and the paperback is out now. Her previous novel, ANIMALS, was adapted into a film and Emma wrote the screenplay and she is currently adapting ADULTS for television. Since this episode aired, her memoir After The Storm was published, an incredible piece of writing breaking the silence on postnatal depression. I really recommend it! Hope you enjoy re-listening to this episode!Order a copy of After The Storm here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008334635 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/12/2136m 21s

Dame Jacqueline Wilson (REPLAY): How She Wrote Over 100 Books

This is a replay from last year with one of my biggest writing inspirations: Dame Jacqueline Wilson! Her 111th novel Love Frankie is out now which we talk about in this episode, we also talk about her journey into being one of the nation's most loved writers, her writing process, why she's always wanted to discuss deeper issues, her trouble with computers and why she loves meeting her readers in person. I remember being so excited about this and getting to meet her in person in between the first lot of lockdowns. Hope you enjoy and if you did please do leave a rating or a review! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/12/2132m 43s

#364 Martha Beck: The Healing Power of Not Telling Lies

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. This is a brand new episode with the brilliant Martha Beck, a return guest! I wanted to invite her back on, to talk about her book The Way Of Integrity. Martha Beck, if you didn’t already know, is a Harvard-trained sociologist, world-renowned coach and New York Times bestselling author. She has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. The Way of Integrity is her new book all about being your full undivided self, coming back to your true nature, it's about not telling lies to yourself or others. Martha tells us about integrity cleanses, something that started years ago when she decided to not tell a single lie for a year. I love Martha’’s work because it's sort of science meets spooky; so much scientific data and spiritual stuff also. It’s also the first self-help book based on Dante's Inferno and It’s brilliant. I loved the episode, definitely go grab a copy of the book!Buy Martha's book The Way Of Integrity here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349426020 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/11/2138m 50s

#363 Africa Brooke: Are You Self-Censoring Yourself Online?

Africa Brooke is a consultant, coach, writer and speaker who specialises in helping many people including public figures. entrepreneurs, teams, and individuals with challenges related to self-censorship and self-sabotage. I really enjoy following Africa’s work, her straightforward (yet compassionate) no BS route to helping people examine what is going on with them, establish boundaries and define their values. There is such a genuine curiosity to Africa’s approach which I love.In January 2021. Africa published an open letter called ‘Why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness’ which has now been read almost 5 million times. You can read the full thing here: https://ckarchive.com/b/d0ueh0h67mpdWe discuss this, why she invites people 'into the grey', why uncomfortable conversations matter and much much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/11/2146m 58s

#362: Emily Ratajkowski: Feminism, Sexuality & Power

Hello, my guest today is Emily Ratajkowski, a model, actress, entrepreneur, and writer. She has starred in David Fincher's Gone Girl, among other films and has appeared on the covers of multiple magazines and walked the runway for numerous high fashion brands. Her 2020 essay for New York magazine, "Buying Myself Back," garnered over one million views within twenty-four hours and was the magazine's most-read piece of the year. My Body is her first book, and it’s out now, which we discuss the book in this episode. If you enjoyed her piece for New York magazine, you will absolutely love the book. It explores feminism, sexuality, power, men's treatment of women and women's rationalisations. These essays chronicle moments from Ratajkowski's life while investigating the culture we live in and its obsession with and contempt for women's sexuality and the dynamics of the fashion and film industries, and the grey areas when it comes to discussing such topics. Hope you enjoy this conversation!Get your copy of My Body here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529415896Say hello!- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-books-90e08b32-dafc-4517-843a-a7c0cecde865- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/2129m 11s

#361 Pamela Paul: The Things We've Lost To The Internet

My guest today is Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. She oversees all books coverage at The New York Times and is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast there too. Dream job alert!! She is also the author and editor of six books: including My Life with Bob,  and By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Vogue. Today we are discussing her new book, 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet. In one hundred glimpses of that pre-Internet world, Pamela presents a captivating record of the world before cyberspace—from voicemails to blind dates to punctuation to bad photos. It’s a nostalgic, analytic, warm and funny book about the things we tend to forget were a part of our lives, and the things we miss and the things we dont. It’ll have you reminiscing with friends and also feeling grateful for what the internet has brought to our lives. Hope you enjoy this episode :-)Get your copy of 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780593136775 Say hello!- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-books-90e08b32-dafc-4517-843a-a7c0cecde865- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/11/2141m 18s

#360 What’s Holding Back Brilliant Women in Business?

Welcome to this special episode of Ctrl Alt Delete! This episode was recorded live at Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard in front of a live audience which was very exciting! It was a brilliant venue and it’s been a while - it felt good to be in person again. A wonderful panel of women got together to discuss the “brilliance bias”, the myth that still sadly pervades our society and work culture, where ‘brilliant’ is often seen as a male trait. I am grateful to Samsung for being so transparent and honest in this conversation, they are looking ahead to where they want to be when it comes to these kinds of discussions and that transparency is key. Many studies (research from New York, Harvard and Denver Universities) state that 75% of people implicitly and unknowingly associate high levels of intelligence (or intellectual “brilliance”) with men more than women.It seems slightly crazy to be discussing this but the statistic was so intriguing - I really enjoyed chatting to the panel about the myths and stereotypes around a certain type of person being heralded as ‘brilliant', when actually obviously it comes in all shapes and sizes. So, unpicking this topic, I have a brilliant line-up: Annie Ridout, the bestselling author of SHY; and Chloe Findlay-Walker and Nida Choudhary who both offer interesting perspectives from Samsung, who I'm super excited to be partnering with for this episode as part of its Samsung Pioneers programme. I hope you enjoy this theme, and to find out more, please head to the show notes for more information! Hope you enjoy the conversation.Samsung Pioneers is part of Samsung UK’s commitment to championing gender equality within business – highlighting the challenges facing women, and creating a platform which powers advocacy and drives positive change.Twitter and Instagram: @SamsungUKLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/samsung-electronics-uk/To learn more about careers at Samsung UK, visit here.#SamsungPioneers*This episode is in PAID PARTNERSHIP with Samsung*  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/10/2146m 45s

Marie Forleo (REPLAY): How To Get Unstuck & Figure Things Out

This is a replay from 2019. 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. 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.It 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!Grab your copy here! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241341056 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/10/2139m 50s

#359 Genelle Aldred: Cancel Culture, Communication + Context

My guest today is Genelle Aldred, newsreader, communication expert, and now author who has worked as a journalist at many of the UK largest broadcasting organisations for over a decade, including BBC, ITV and ITN. In this episode we discuss her debut book Communicate for Change: Creating Justice in a World of Bias unpicking some of its fascinating themes: how to make a positive difference, how to think for yourself, how to have better conversations and how to recognise our own biases and blind spots. This book encouraged me to ask better questions and question my own assumptions, breaking away from singular narratives and monolithic thinking. Hope you enjoy this conversation about how it’s OK to agree to disagree in conversation and how it’s important to not shy away from other peoples truth in order to see how other people around us think. Here is the episode with Genelle!Grab a copy of her book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780281085576Say hello!- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-books-90e08b32-dafc-4517-843a-a7c0cecde865- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/10/2139m 50s

#358 Oliver Burkeman: Embrace Your Limits. Change Your Life.

My guest today is the award-winning writer Oliver Burkeman, award-winning feature writer for The Guardian and writes a popular weekly column on psychology called This Column Will Change Your Life. Today we are discussing his new book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of productivity and time management, rejecting the society’s obsession with 'getting everything done.’ It introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing rather than denying their limitations. It’s a big dose of reality, and after reading the book you might think differently about your endless to-do-list with a slightly different perspective, I absolutely loved the book, recommending it to anyone who will listen, and loved chatting to Oliver all about it. I hope you enjoy this episode! xGet your copy of Four Thousand Weeks here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781847924018 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/10/2135m 41s

#357 Mel Robbins: How To Be Your Own Friend (*This Is Part 2!*)

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, this is part TWO of a conversation with author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins! She is the author of the bestselling 5 Second Rule and The High 5 Habit and in this episode we discuss how one simple mindset change can change your life. We discuss where the inspiration for this new book came from: the fact that even though Mel is one of the most booked motivational speakers in the WORLD she also struggled with the nagging critic in her head, and so she shares with us how she overcame it, giving us practical tools on how to be a better friend to ourselves. Go back and listen to part 1 if you haven’t already before listening :). I hope you enjoy.Get your copy of The High 5 Habit: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788174107Get your copy of The 5 Second Rule: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781682612385Say hello on social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonuk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/2132m 40s

#356 Mel Robbins: How To Be Your Own Friend (Part 1)

My guest today is one of the world’s most booked motivational speakers, Mel Robbins! She's an international bestselling author whose work includes the global phenomenon The 5 Second Rule and now she’s back with a brand new book called The High 5 Habit, a simple yet profound tool that changes your attitude and combat self doubt. Lots of people talk about the power of being your own best friend, and in this book Mel gives tangible advice on how to do so. Hope you enjoy this episode!Get your copy of The High 5 Habit: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788174107Get your copy of The 5 Second Rule: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781682612385Say hello on social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/emmagannonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonuk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/2130m 58s

#355 (BONUS) The Science Behind Manifestation (with The Uncertainty Experts)

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, in this short bonus episode, Sam and Katherine from the Uncertainty Experts projects are going to give us a taste of what’s in store if you sign up to their three-part immersive documentary experience. In this little taster, we are going to be walked through interoception, a powerful way to sense the inner body from signals beneath the skin, but I'll let the guests explain properly what it is and show us how powerful our minds are. I hope you enjoy and see below a link to get your tickets for the full thing!Sign up here, grab your tickets before they run out: https://theuncertaintyexperts.uscreen.io/pages/buyMore info on The Uncertainty Experts: https://uncertaintyexperts.com/Follow Sam here: https://www.instagram.com/samconniff/?hl=enFollow Katherine here: https://www.instagram.com/katherinetemplarlewis/?hl=en Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/09/2111m 49s

#354: Are You Feeling Uncertain? Meet The Uncertainty Experts

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! I have two very exciting guests for you today, the brilliant Sam Conniff and Katherine Templar Lewis, who are here to talk all about uncertainty, a theme that feels especially prominent right now. In this episode we are discussing their brand new project The Uncertainty Experts, a powerful three-part interactive documentary scientifically proven to reduce our fear of the unknown, reduce anxiety, increase empathy and improve decision-making and problem-solving. In our conversation we discuss all these things, how this new research is pushing the conversation on resilience forwards, practical tools to help us deal with uncertainty (in one of the most uncertain times in history) — I felt so energised after this conversation and I hope you do too. If you are intrigued to learn more, make sure to reserve your seats on the Uncertainty Experts website, you’ll join thousands virtually for an immersive experience, scientifically proven to reduce anxiety. I am personally super excited about this and have got my tickets, I've included the link to purchase your tickets in the shownotes - you can select a time that works for you in November and have three viewing sessions put into your diary at times that suit you. Enjoy the episode, I learned so much from this one!Grab your tickets before they run out: https://theuncertaintyexperts.uscreen.io/pages/buyMore info on The Uncertainty Experts: https://uncertaintyexperts.com/Follow Sam here: https://www.instagram.com/samconniff/?hl=enFollow Katherine here: https://www.instagram.com/katherinetemplarlewis/?hl=en**This episode is in paid partnership with The Uncertainty Experts** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/09/2132m 11s

#353: Nova Reid: What Makes A Good Ally?

My guest today is Nova Reid, a Ted speaker, activist and author. Nova uses her past experience working in mental​ ​wellbeing to encourage meaningful change from the inside out in many areas of how we live our lives including anti-racism work. Her work is really powerful, energising and moving and I really admire and respect everything she creates. In this episode, we also discuss Nova’s new book The Good Ally: A Guided Anti-Racism Journey, an urgent call to arms to become better allies to each other. She provides such a thoughtful approach that centres around collective healing, encouraging all of us to embrace what makes us fully human and dig deep into self discovery. If you only listen to one of my Ctrl Alt Delete episodes, please make it this one! We talk about fear, shame, joy, boundaries, rest, healing, anti-racism and how to connect more deeply with each other. We laugh and we also get emotional. I loved speaking to her and going deep into the conversation about being fully human and getting to spend time together in person to record. I hope you enjoy this episode with Nova and please find the link to her book. The Good Ally below!Nova's book The Good Ally: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008439484 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/2138m 13s

Julia Cameron (REPLAY): Rediscover Your Passions

This is a replay of the first time I interviewed my writing idol Julia Cameron, the bestselling author of The Artist's Way. She is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and essayist, she also has extensive credits in film, television and theatre, and is an award-winning journalist. Her groundbreaking books on creativity have become international bestsellers.In this episode, we talk about The Artist's Way which has a new revamped cover which is very exciting. The book first came out in the early 90s and provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self, it'll transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. It’s helped millions of people and I continue to turn to it whenever I’m feeling a bit lost. Since then her new book The Listening Path has come out and she has a new book out in January 2022 called Seeking Wisdom. Hope you enjoy! xoJulia's books:The Artist's Way: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788164290The Listening Path: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788167796Seeking Wisdom: https://www.waterstones.com/book/seeking-wisdom/julia-cameron/9781788168250 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/09/2132m 53s

#352 Jessie Burton: The Writing Life (Medusa, The Miniaturist & More)

My guest today is Jessie Burton, the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novels The Miniaturist (which sold over a million copies in its first year of publication), The Muse, and The Confession, the children's book The Restless Girls and the modern feminist retelling of Medusa which is out now. Her novels have been translated into 38 languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines and she is one of my favourite authors to follow on Instagram, for her writing advice, colourful interiors (and pictures of her cat of course) We discuss her bringing alive Medusa for a new generation, her wonderful novels, her relationship with success and social media and so much more. I absolutely loved this conversation and hope you do too!Get your copy of Medusa now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781408886939 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/09/2142m 0s

Martha Beck (REPLAY): Reconnecting To Your True Nature

This episode is a replay of my episode with the brilliant Martha Beck from last year! She is a Harvard-trained sociologist (she has three degrees from Harvard!) and a world-renowned coach (most famously she's been Oprah's life coach) and New York Times bestselling author. She has published 9 non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles having been a monthly contributor for O, The Oprah Magazine for 17 years. Since this episode aired she has released a new new bestselling book called The Way Of Integrity which I have become slightly obsessed with, an incredible book where she presents a four-stage process helping anyone find their integrity, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. I got so much from the book and really recommend it. Hope you enjoy, listening to this replay xoGet your copy of The Way Of Integrity here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349426020 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/09/2140m 53s

#351 Elizabeth Lesser: Having A "Guru" B*llshit Detector

Elizabeth Lesser is the author of several bestselling books, including Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes; Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most. She is the cofounder of Omega Institute internationally recognised for its workshops and conferences in wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She has given two popular TED talks, and is one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity. In this episode we discuss all her books, being a spiritual teacher, working with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle, being a feminist, women & power and her incredible talent for bringing memoir and research together in some of the most powerful books I’ve ever read.Hope you enjoy the conversation!Cassandra Speaks: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780062887184Broken Open: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781844135615Marrow: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780062367655 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/08/2143m 19s

#350 Meg Mason: The Sorrow & Bliss of Writing Novels

*FYI don't think there are spoilers, but if there are, it's in the second half of the interview.* My guest today is Meg Mason, author of several books including the recent instant Sunday Times bestseller Sorrow and Bliss. She began her career at the Financial Times and The Times of London and has been a regular columnist for GQ, ELLE and Vogue. I absolutely loved Sorrow & Bliss and reached out to Meg's team as soon as I finished reading it. The quote on the cover from Anne Patchett says: ‘'I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realised that I wanted to send it to everyone I know’ which is how I feel having gifted it to a few friends because I just want everyone to read it so I can talk more about it. It’s a Gen X coming of age, mental health love story that will rip you apart and piece you back together. This was a real treat getting to chat to Meg, I hope you enjoy this chat! xoOrder your copy of Sorrow & Bliss: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781474622974Order your copy of OLIVE: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008382735 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/08/2140m 46s

#349 Tom Chatfield: How To Think (& Make Sense Of The World)

Dr Tom Chatfield is a writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. He is a columnist for the BBC and TED Global speaker, he has worked as a writer and consultant with some of the world's leading technology firms. His books exploring digital culture have been published in over two dozen languages. I first read Tom’s work when his book How To Thrive In the Digital Age published by The School Of Life back in 2012 and have followed his work ever since. His latest non-fiction book, Critical Thinking, is a bestselling textbook in its field; and he’s back with a new textbook called How to Think which I thoroughly enjoyed and we discuss in this episode. (The Oliver Burkeman article we discuss: https://www.oliverburkeman.com/so/14NZw7Z67?languageTag=en&cid=51b6978e-c2af-4d65-a12e-82fc8941cc96#/main)Order Tom’s book How To Think here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529727418 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/08/2146m 40s

#348 Jenn Romolini: Embracing Your Inner Weirdo

Apologies for the sound quality of this one you guys! We had a bit of a 'mare but I'm so excited to share this conversation with you! Jenn Romolini is an award-winning editor, writer, speaker, and thinker on the topic of modern work. Her 2017 book "Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures" was named one of the best leadership books of the year by Fast Company. I loved it, a really refreshing read about being yourself and being good at your job. She has had a really interesting career and has been the former Chief Content Officer of Shondaland.com, a digital content site created by producer Shonda Rhimes. She was the Vice President of Content for Zooey Deschanel's HelloGiggles website and the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times, Audible for Business, Catapult, ELLE, and many others.  Her recent appearance on the “Everything Is Fine” podcast was named one of Spotify’s “Best of the Week and excitingly she is also the new co-host of the show. I really recommend listening, it’s one of my new favourite podcasts - a podcast for women over 40. Hope you enjoy this episode, I loved recording it! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/08/2143m 34s

#347 Tara Brach: Trusting Your Goodness

Excitement alert! Tara Brach is an internationally known teacher of mindfulness, meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening. I'm a huge fan. She is the author of Radical Acceptance, Radial Compassion and True Refuge, and her weekly podcast and meditation is listened to by over 1.5 million people each month. We discuss her new book Trusting The Gold: Learning to Nurture Your Inner Light. Her work has had a profound impact on me and I really recommend checking out her work if you are interested in letting more calm and compassion into your life! Enjoy.Order your copy of Trusting The Gold here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781846046995 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/07/2132m 56s

#346 Poppy Jamie: The Personal Brand vs Reality

My guest today is Poppy Jamie, entrepreneur, author and presenter. She is a leading voice in the mental wellbeing and mindfulness space, and she’s on a mission to democratise conversation and provide accessible tools for emotional and mental health. She is the founder of the award winning Happy Not Perfect app, host of the chart topping Not Perfect podcast and author of the new book that’s out now Happy Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts and Free Yourself From Anxiety. The Happy Not Perfect brand was created to help the stress and anxiety levels of young people. With her mum being a neurotherapist, Poppy decided something needed to be created to help everyone manage their mental wellbeing better. I really enjoyed this conversation all about flexible thinking! xoOrder Poppy's book from an independent bookstore today! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529339161 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/07/2137m 28s

#345 Eric Zimmer: Act Your Way Into Right Thinking

Eric Zimmer is a behaviour coach, author and hosts the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, one of my favourite podcasts, based on an old parable about two wolves at battle within us. With over 300 episodes and over 13 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many different topics, authors, psychotherapists, doctors, teachers, really fascinating people who know a lot about their field about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfilment and meaning.  His story of finding a way to recover from addiction and build a life worth living for himself is incredibly inspiring, and has been featured in the media including TedX, Mind Body Green, the BBC and Brain Pickings. I am so grateful to Eric for coming on Ctrl Alt Delete - hope you enjoy our conversation! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/07/2134m 21s

#344 Mo Gawdat: Engineer Your Path to Joy

My guest today is Mo Gawdat, serial entrepreneur and former chief business officer of Google [X]. Through his twelve-year research on the topic of happiness, he created an algorithm for happiness, regardless of circumstance in life. He is the author of Solve For Happy - a book about his mission to deliver his happiness message to one billion people around the world. We also talk about his upcoming new book in this episode so you’ll hear some of what’s next and it was so great to talk to him about his work, his career to date and his perspective on how we can all live a life we enjoy and genuinely helpful tips for dealing with life overwhelm. He also has a brilliant podcast called Slo Mo which I recently guested on, I recommend checking it out! Here is the conversation. <3Check out Solve For Happy here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781509809950Pre-order Scary Smart here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529077186 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/07/2139m 4s

#343 Caroline O'Donoghue: The Joy Of Writing For Young Adults

My guest today is Caroline O’Donoghue, an Irish author, journalist and host of the award-winning Sentimental Garbage - a brilliant podcast where she talk to authors, fans and cultural critics about the chick-lit books that are often overlooked. I’m sure listeners of this podcast will also have been hooked on the recent Sentimental Garbage mini series with Dolly Alderton called Sentimental In The City where they unpick every season of Sex And The City 'for the great American novel it truly is'. Caroline has contributed to Grazia, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Buzzfeed, Vice and The Times. Her first novel, Promising Young Women came out in 2018 she was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards’ Newcomer of the Year and other awards. Her second adult novel, Scenes of a Graphic Nature, was published in 2020 and today we are discussing All Our Hidden Gifts, a novel for young adults out now, a story of tarot, magic and teen friendship. Hope you enjoy our conversation. <3Buy Scenes Of A Graphic Nature out in paperback now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349009971Buy All Our Hidden Gifts here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781406393095Listen to Sentimental In The City here: https://play.acast.com/s/sentimentalgarbage/introducing-sentimentalinthecity-withdollyalderton Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/07/2143m 15s

#342 Ian Leslie: How To Disagree Better

Ian Leslie is a writer and author of multiple acclaimed books on human behaviour. He writes about psychology, culture, technology and business for the New Statesman, the Economist, the Guardian and the Financial Times. He co-hosted the podcast series Polarised, on the way we do politics today, and created and presented the BBC radio comedy series Before They Were Famous. In today’s episode we are discussing his new book Conflicted: Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together Conflicted draws essential lessons on how to disagree well from world-class experts: interrogators, hostage negotiators, divorce mediators, and many others. It tells inspiring stories of productive disagreements, from the invention of the aeroplane to the success of The Rolling Stones, and combines them with fascinating insights from the science of human communication. I loved this book and found it genuinely helpful in reflecting on how I can disagree better in work and at home. I think you’ll enjoy this conversation. You can buy CONFLICTED here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780571346943 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/06/2135m 58s

Bruce Daisley (REPLAY): Do We Have To "Love What We Do"?

(This is a replay of an old episode from 2018. My book The Multi-Hyphen Method had just come out, and Bruce's book The Joy Of Work).Bruce Daisley is the former 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 and according to Campaign magazine Bruce is ‘one of the most talented people in media’. He is the author of 'The Joy Of Work: 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again' and writes a newsletter on Substack called Eat Sleep Work Repeat.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 mention 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/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/2148m 20s

#340 Alex Holmes: Masculinity & Mental Health

Alex Holmes is an award-winning podcaster and writer from London. He has been hosting and producing podcasts since 2016 including Mostly Lit, which was named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017 and won the Best British Podcast award at the 2018 British Book Awards. He now hosts the Time to Talk podcast, which focuses on mental health. His new book Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection. The book debunks lingering myths around masculinity, love and connection by exploring what causes this sense of loneliness. Sharing his experiences as a young Black British man, Time to Talk is a love letter to all the men who have lost their way and to the women that love them. He encourages us to open up and share, moving from Ignoring to Acknowledging, Being Closed to Opening Up, Avoiding to Embracing. Hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.Order Alex's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781789562217 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/06/2143m 58s

#339 Catherine Gray: The Power of The Very Personal

Catherine Gray is the award-winning author of the The Unexpected Joy of books. Catherine's debut book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, was a hit becoming a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller within a fortnight of publication, she is also the author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Single, and The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary. She’s now back with a brand new book called Sunshine Warm Sober: Unexpected sober joy that lasts. This book is all about her eighth sober year and what she’s learned since the last book. We talk about the power of personal writing, setting boundaries and changing the way you live. I really enjoyed it - I found it raw, reflective and a book about rooting for yourself. Hope you enjoy this conversation!Get your copy of Sunshine Warm Sober: Unexpected sober joy that lasts: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781783253395 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/2134m 33s

#338 Natalie Lue: How Do We Achieve "Deep Work"? (3 of 3)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete podcast! This is the third and final in a mini series in partnership with Lenovo! Lenovo provide some of the latest cutting-edge technology, which I've been using myself recently including the ThinkPad X1 Nano (it's extremely light and easy to chuck in a bag which I'll definitely be bringing with me on my next staycation soon!) Over a series of three episodes I've been chatting to someone whose work I really admire and enjoy, Natalie Lue, author, podcaster and host of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions. She helps people-pleasers, perfectionists and relationship strugglers become more of who they really are and achieve what they want to achieve. In this episode we are discussing how we can find more time to focus and do our 'deep work', inspired by Cal Newport's brilliant book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and Oliver Burkeman's '3 or 4 hours' rule which you read on his blog here.Throughout the episodes in this mini series, we’ll discuss how smarter technology can solve problems, create opportunities and transform the way we all live, learn, and work. The tools we use are important, and can empower passionate people who value their own health, wellbeing and the world they live in and impact change for a better world. I’m excited to dig in. Thanks to Lenovo for making this mini-series happen!Check out more from Lenovo here: https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-x1/c/thinkpadx1*This mini series is in paid partnership with Lenovo* Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/2139m 45s

#337 Natalie Lue: Making Your Own Career Ladder (2 of 3)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete podcast! This is episode 2 in a mini series in partnership with Lenovo! Lenovo provide some of the latest cutting-edge technology, which I've been using myself recently including the ThinkPad X1 Nano (it's extremely light and easy to chuck in a bag which I'll definitely be bringing with me on my next staycation soon!) Over a series of three episodes I've been chatting to someone whose work I really admire and enjoy, Natalie Lue, author, podcaster and host of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions. She helps people-pleasers, perfectionists and relationship strugglers become more of who they really are and achieve what they want to achieve. In this episode we are digging into building your own career ladder and questioning what even *is* a career ladder nowadays? Natalie starting doing her own thing 17 years ago, and has continued doing so, and I loved hearing all about her life lessons along the way.Throughout the episodes in this mini series, we’ll discuss how smarter technology can solve problems, create opportunities and transform the way we all live, learn, and work. The tools we use are important, and can empower passionate people who value their own health, wellbeing and the world they live in and impact change for a better world. I’m excited to dig in. Thanks to Lenovo for making this mini-series happen!Check out more from Lenovo here: https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-x1/c/thinkpadx1*This mini series is in paid partnership with Lenovo* Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/2145m 0s

#336 Natalie Lue: The Myths Of Being Your Own Boss (1 of 3)

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete podcast! This is episode 1 in a mini series in partnership with Lenovo! Lenovo provide some of the latest cutting-edge technology, which I've been using myself recently including the ThinkPad X1 Nano (it's extremely light and easy to chuck in a bag which I'll definitely be bringing with me on my next staycation soon!) Over a series of three episodes I've been chatting to someone whose work I really admire and enjoy, Natalie Lue, author, podcaster and host of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions. She helps people-pleasers, perfectionists and relationship strugglers become more of who they really are and achieve what they want to achieve. In this episode we are digging into the topic of how be your own boss and get things done in your own time - including using a pen and paper (shout out to the ThinkPad X1 Titanium which has a pen you can use on the screen) plus how to block out time in the day, how to be more creative and how to prioritise ourselves.  Throughout the episodes in this mini series, we’ll discuss how smarter technology can solve problems, create opportunities and transform the way we all live, learn, and work. The tools we use are important, and can empower passionate people who value their own health, wellbeing and the world they live in and impact change for a better world. I’m excited to dig in. Thanks to Lenovo for making this mini-series happen!Check out more from Lenovo here: https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-x1/c/thinkpadx1*This mini series is in paid partnership with Lenovo* Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/2148m 6s

#335 Sam Baker: On Finding Yourself After 40

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! My guest today is Sam Baker: journalist, broadcaster, author and former Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Red magazine in the UK. She has written for countless publications and co-founded The Pool. Sam has also judged the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel award and the British Book Awards. In this episode we are discussing her brilliant book The Shift: How I (lost and) found myself after 40 – and you can too (out now in paperback) for any woman staring the second half of their lives in the face and wondering, what the hell is going on? I really enjoyed reading it as Sam peels back the layers on her own life, tackles topics such as perimenopause, sexism and ageism as well as interviewing other brilliant women over 40. She also has a fabulous podcast called The Shift on life over 40 with guests like Phillippa Perry, Emma Freud and Jojo Moyes. Hope you enjoy this conversation! I loved it.Buy your copy of The Shift here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529329780Listen to Sam's podcast The Shift on Acast here: https://play.acast.com/s/the-shift Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/2134m 19s

#334 Gaby Roslin: Genuine Positivity vs Faux Positivity

Gaby Roslin is one of the country's most popular presenters. She rose to fame as co-presenter with Chris Evans of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, between 1992 and 1996. Her radio career includes sitting in for Alan Carr on BBC Radio 2, co-hosting BBC London's breakfast show, and her own weekly show on BBC London radio on Sunday afternoons. She also has a new podcast called That Gaby Roslin Podcast – where Gaby’s chats are all about having a good time, celebrating positivity, spreading kindness and being shy. Gaby is a patron of many different charities, and is a real joy to follow online for her uplifting stories and posts. I really enjoyed this conversation about not apologising for your own positivity and finding joy in the smaller moments. Hope you enjoy listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/05/2139m 48s

#333 David Speed: Creating For Yourself First (Not Social Media)

Today’s guest is with David Speed! He defines himself as a professional graffiti artist, accidental public speaker, creativity ambassador and co-owner of Graffiti Life. He is also the host of the 'Creative Rebels' podcast which debuted at #1 on the iTunes business chart, a fab podcast I’ve been on 3 times now, so really excited to interview David this time about all things art, social media and creativity and how he’s built his projects over the last ten years or so. Hope you enjoy this episode, lots of wisdom and practical advice in this one about maintaining your flow, trying new things, Tik Tok, growing a new social media account and how to stay true to yourself and to the art itself. Enjoy!David's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/davidspeeduk/?hl=enCreative Rebels podcast: https://www.instagram.com/rebelscreate/?hl=en Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/05/2136m 10s

#332 (BONUS) Maggie Alphonsi & Nick Read on the Healthy Hybrid Workplace

This episode is a special one brought to you in partnership with Vitality with a focus on their latest report developed with the RSA, all about healthy hybrid working. Vitality is a leading UK health and life insurance and investment business. Their Vitality Programme helps people to live healthy lives through positive behavioural nudges, which not only leads to improved health and tangible benefits for people but it has a positive impact on business and society on the whole. This report explores the impact of successive lockdowns on our health and how we can work towards a healthy hybrid working environment. I'm excited to be talking to Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Director of Vitality Champions Programme, former Rugby World Cup Champion, and Inspirational Speaker. Maggie plays a key role on Vitality’s workplace wellness team with qualifications in areas such as physiotherapy, personal training, positive psychology, and nutrition. As a former England rugby player she understands the challenges around managing stress and working in tense environments. I'll also be talking to Nick Read, who oversees the Vitality Programme. He was part of the original team that set up Vitality and I'm looking forward to talking to him all about some of the really interesting findings about the future of our modern workplace - something I'm always keen to explore on this podcast. Hope you enjoy this branded episode in partnership with Nick and Maggie talking all about healthy hybrid working. Make sure you go and read the full report at bit.ly/3vlscku Thanks for listening! xo*This episode is a paid partnership with Vitality** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/2131m 13s

#331 Adam Brazier: Comparison Can Be A Good Thing

My guest today is Adam Brazier, a photographer, film maker & creative expert who co-hosts the brilliant creative podcast 'Creative Rebels' alongside David Speed. Adam and David had me on their show three times now so it’s great to turn the tables finally. He has co-founded numerous successful creative businesses including The Graffiti Life company and his photography under Adam Brazier Portraits is thriving.  In this episode, we cover how to be more creative, trying new things, how comparing yourself can sometimes be useful, snobbery in art work, getting more confident and Adam gives the most amazing changing lanes analogy.I really enjoyed this chat and hope you do too! Check out Creative Rebels podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/creative-rebels/id1448695774 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/2131m 24s

#330 Nick Hornby: Getting Published, Dealing With Rejection

Nick Hornby is the author of many novels, including High Fidelity, About a Boy, Juliet, Naked and others, and now he has a new book Just Like You which I thoroughly enjoyed and is out in paperback. He is also the author of Fever Pitch, a book on his life as a devoted supporter of Arsenal Football Club and many of his books have been turned into iconic films. In 2009 he wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, in (2014) the screenplay for Wild — and in (2015) the screenplay Brooklyn. In this episode we talk about creative advice, thoughts on rejection, being published, why he wanted to write diverse characters in his new novel Just Like You, a book about connecting with each other despite how polarised the world seems to be right now. Thanks for being here, I hope you enjoy our conversation! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/05/2129m 29s

#329 Selina Barker: Help, We Are All Exhausted

Selina is a career and life design coach, writer and podcaster who is dedicated to helping people unlock their dreams, step into their power and create lives and careers they love. Today on the podcast we are talking about burnout, because Selina's brilliant new book BURNT OUT is here. This episode is actually a snippet from the recording of Selina's virtual launch event for the book! We were joined by lots of lovely faces live on Zoom, so it's very exciting that we share an edited version (minus the Q&A bit sorry!) for today's listen.Over the past 12 years she has coached a long list of clients from Google directors, to recording artists, best-selling authors and leaders in the creative and music industry. She is creator of the Project Love ‘Goodbye, Hello’ end-of-year journal (‘Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021’ is currently on sale world-wide) and the Audible Series ‘The Career Change Coach’. And her first book ‘Burnt Out: the exhausted person’s guide to thriving in a fast-paced world’ is out NOW!She co-hosts the Project Love podcast, diving deep into conversations on life and love with her co-host Vicki Pavitt and guests (where they’ve had almost half a million listens since they began). And every Monday you can tune in to her weekly Monday Crew mini-podcast (which I love!) where she’s on a mission to get as many people as possible designing a life that they love, one Monday at a time.Buy Burnt Out from an Independent Bookstore today! https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781783254002- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/2130m 7s

#328 Elizabeth Uviebinené - Pressing The Reset Button (On Work & Life)

Elizabeth Uviebinené is a multi-award winning author. She is a columnist at The Financial Times and co-author of Slay In Your Lane her debut bestseller which Vogue said “gave a voice to the next generation of young black British women’. Elizabeth has worked as a brand strategist such as Nike, Google and Bumble. She has been listed as one of the most influential people in London by the Evening Standard and a Marie Claire Future Shaper award. Her new book, The Reset: Ideas To Change How We Work and Live explores the impact of resetting our approach to work in society for which she has interviewed some of the most exciting business leaders and thinkers working in the UK today. We discuss the book in this episode and I thoroughly enjoyed it, here is our conversation!Click here to buy The Reset from Bookshop (and support Independent Bookshops): https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529347432- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/2133m 17s

Elizabeth Day (REPLAY): On Creating 'How To Fail' Book & Podcast

This is a replay of an episode recorded in 2019 with the brilliant Elizabeth Day around the publication of her book How To Fail, a brilliant memoir slash manifesto she published off the back of her incredibly successful podcast How To Fail with Elizabeth Day, a celebration of the things that haven't gone right. A podcast that keeps on growing and giving us such brilliant guests and food for thought. Since this episode, Elizabeth has written another book called Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong and also been announced as a new presenter on Radio 4's Open Book. She also has a new novel out soon called Magpie which you can pre-order now In this episode we talk about personal writing, success 'triggers', fertility, friendship, failures and why having your own personal definition of success is super important. How To Fail: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008327354Failosophy: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008420383Magpie: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008374952- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/2139m 14s

#326 Grace Beverley: Working Hard + Hardly Working

Today’s guest on the podcast is author and entrepreneur Grace Beverley. She was voted London's Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the founder of sustainable style brand TALA and fitness tech brand Shreddy. Her first book is out now, Working Hard, Hardly Working: How to achieve more, stress less and feel fulfilled. By the age of just twenty-three, Grace has been named first in Forbes' 30-under-30, graduated from Oxford University, and has a Sustainable Business accreditation from Harvard Business School. I found her book really interesting, looking into what the working landscape looks like especially to Gen Z and younger millennials, and all the confusing signals on productivity and success we keep being fed especially online. Her book is a close look at how to find your own balance, own definition of success and lots of helpful tips along the way, and business lessons from things going right and wrong for Grace. Hope you enjoy this episode!You can buy Grace's book and support independent bookshops here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781786332851- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/04/2139m 10s

#325 Emma Reed Turrell: Are You A People Pleaser?

My guest today is psychotherapist Emma Reed Turrell. She read English at Cambridge University, worked in business, sales and marketing for 10 years, and then returned to her earlier passion for psychology and mental health. That took her on the path to becoming a psychotherapist and she now runs a busy private practice alongside writing. Her first book Please Yourself: How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live is out now, and as a recovering people pleaser. I absolutely loved talking to her all about the book, which I highly recommend, it will help you get better at being disliked, help you speak up, set boundaries, re-establish friendships and help you grow instead of staying small. I loved this conversation and hope you enjoy!Buy your copy of Please Yourself here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008409371- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/04/2131m 10s

#324 Anna Codrea-Rado: Losing Your Job + Going Freelance

Today's guest is Anna Codrea-Rado is a journalist, author and podcaster. She is The Queen Of Freelancing. She writes about business, culture and technology, with a particular focus on working life. and I also really recommend her brilliant podcast Is This Working. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, Wired, the Paris Review, New York Magazine, the Atlantic, Refinery29, Monocle and many others. Her first book, You’re the Business: How to build a successful career when you strike out alone is out now. It’s a handbook for anyone who works for themselves. It really is a one stop shop for all your freelancing needs: from tricky clients, to managing your finances, the positives and the negatives, why it can be amazing and also really quite awful sometimes and how to find more joy and opportunities as a freelancer and how to stay sane. We discussed lots! Hope you enjoy this conversation!Order Anna's book from an independent bookseller: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780753558652- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/04/2147m 3s

#323 Christie Tate: The Power Of Group Therapy

Today on the podcast is the New York Bestselling writer and essayist Christie Tate. She has written for the New York Times (Modern Love), The Rumpus, The Washington Post, among others. Now she has an incredible memoir out called Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life which was picked by Reese Witherspoon's book club. We discuss writing memoir, the grief that follows publishing a book that took 5 years and how the kindness of strangers really can save us. I really loved this conversation, hope you do too.Order your copy of GROUP here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781471197871- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/04/2140m 27s

#322 My OLIVE Book Launch! (Me Interviewed by Ann Friedman)

This episode is a replay of the virtual launch event I did to release my debut novel OLIVE in America in March 2021! OLIVE is my debut novel about a group of four friends, with different ideas and expectations of motherhood. The novel begins with Olive having just broken up with her boyfriend of almost a decade in which he decides he’s ready for kids, and she is not. Her decision to be child-free impacts her friendships too as they navigate their 30s. The wonderful Strand Book Store put on this virtual event for me (one of my absolute favourite bookstores in New York) and one of my favourite multi-hyphenate writers Ann Friedman interviewed me! Ann is a previous Ctrl Alt Delete guest (number #271 if you’re interested).In this conversation we discuss why I wrote OLIVE, why I wanted to write about child-free-by-choice character, my writing process, some of the challenges and my writing inspirations. Hope you enjoy this episode and thanks to everyone who tuned into the event and bought a copy of OLIVE, your support has been incredible. If you’re in the UK, Olive is out in paperback in June. So here is the conversation between Ann and I - all about Olive.PRE-ORDER the OLIVE paperback here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008382735Purchase the American version here: https://publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/book/olive/- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/2149m 12s

#321 Penny Wincer - The Imperfect Art Of Caring

Today's guest is Penny Wincer, a Melbourne born, London dwelling author, speaker, podcaster and freelance photographer. In this episode we discuss her experience as a mother and carer, her writing about work life and creativity, and raising a neurodiverse family. Penny’s first book Tender published is out now. She has also just launched a new podcast called Not Too Busy To Writ‪e‬, alongside author Ali Millar. Listen in as they navigate the world of writing, publishing and creativity whilst juggling the demands of motherhood, caring and other paid work, without losing themselves in the process. Hope you enjoy this episode!You can order a copy of Tender here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529331226Listen to Not Too Busy To Writ‪e here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/not-too-busy-to-write/id1550576952- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/03/2133m 31s

#320 A Deep Dive Into Cryptocurrency: Nick Jones, CEO of Zumo

*This is a sponsored episode with Zumo.* I've wanted to do a deep dive episode on the topic of cryptocurrency for ages. Nick Jones, the CEO of Zumo (a new cryptocurrency wallet app) was a great person to speak to about this. Zumo are doing great things in this space and I've always wanted to know more but I've never known where to start, where to go or what to trust. For any newbies out there like me who are interested in finding ways to make their money work harder for them, or learn more about crypto, then I think you'll enjoy this conversation. I'm asking Nick all the questions I've always wanted to know about cryptocurrency: what to look out for, where it's headed and how we can get involved in a way that makes us feel safe and secure in the process. For more information on Zumo, just go to http://short.zumo.money/download. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/2143m 45s

Dawn O'Porter (REPLAY): The Freedom of Writing Fiction

This is a replay of a previous episode with Dawn O’Porter. Dawn has actually come on this podcast 3 times, but this is a replay of the latest conversation we had in 2019, about her brilliant novel So Lucky. She 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 also a Sunday Times bestseller. 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, 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. Also wanted to take this opportunity to mention that since this interview Dawn has launched a Patreon page where she says writing, videos, competitions, it’s really fun and a great place to hang out if you’re a fan of Dawn’s work. Hope you enjoy this episode re-run!- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/2128m 37s

#318 Julia Cameron (New): How To Listen

Today's guest is the amazing Julia Cameron - a return Ctrl Alt Delete guest! Her brand new book The Listening Path is out now. If you are a fan of The Artist's Way, you will LOVE it. It was so great getting to chat to Julia all about the power of listening. Over six weeks, readers will be given the tools to become better listeners: to their environment, the people around them, and themselves. Award-winning writer Julia Cameron is the author of twenty-four books, fiction and nonfiction, including The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, The Vein of Gold, The Right to Write and The Sound of Paper. A novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet, she has extensive credits in theatre, film and television. I hope you enjoy this episode!Order The Listening Path on Bookshop here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788167796- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/2127m 10s

Joe Lycett (REPLAY): Building A Career In Comedy

This is a replay of an old episode with the brilliant Joe Lycett. This was first recorded in 2017 at the Hodder & Storton offices which is the publisher Joe and I both share for our books! This was when his hilarious book Parsnips, Buttered first came out - we chatted about the book and his career to date - and since this interview 4 years ago, it’s been so amazing watching Joe’s career has gone from strength to strength - he’s also a firm favourite on instagram - in 2018 he hit the road with his biggest tour to date I’m About To Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett over 90 shows performed and in 2019 he become the new host of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee and hosting the his own comedy consumer affairs show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back on Channel 4. He has has been confirmed as the new host of Channel 4’s long-running travel documentary series, Travel Man. Hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane! Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/2131m 40s

#316 Julia Quinn: On 'Bridgerton'

Today's guest is Julia Quinn, the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen consecutive NYT bestsellers including Bridgerton. Last week The Duke and I was number 8 in the paperback Sunday Times bestseller list in the U.K. This was the first time any of Julia’s books have been in the Sunday Times bestseller list, partly due to the fact that on December 25, 2020, Netflix premiered Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, adapted by Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen. We spoke about writing novels, believing in your abilities and the moment she got the phone call from her agent about Bridgerton being optioned.You can buy Bridgerton here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780349429212- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/2129m 19s

#315 Abigail Dean: From Bookseller To Biggest Debut Author of 2021

My guest today is the excellent Abigail Dean, author of Girl A. Formerly a Waterstones bookseller, she spent five years as a lawyer in London, and then took the summer of 2018 off to work on her debut novel, Girl A, ahead of her thirtieth birthday, which is now a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. She now works as a lawyer for Google, and is currently writing her second novel called The Conspiracies. Hope you enjoy this episode! (This was recorded as a live event with Waterstones to celebrate the launch of Abbie's book, so very pleased to re-post it here for you all to enjoy. Thanks for organising, Waterstones!)You can buy GIRL A here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008389055 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/2156m 45s

#314 Priyanka Chopra Jonas: An Unfinished Memoir

My guest today is the wonderful Priyanka Chopra Jonas, multi-award-winning actor and producer. A former Miss World, she made her movie debut in 2002 and has appeared in more than sixty films produced in India and the United States. For all the work in association with UNICEF, she was awarded the prestigious Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in 2019. In February 2021, Priyanka published her first book, a memoir called Unfinished which she wrote during the 2020 lockdown and we discuss the book in this episode: her reflections, her multi-hyphenate life, stories about her family and career, how she met her husband, how her relationship with social media has changed, and how she became the person she is today. I really enjoyed chatting to her and if you liked this episode, please do consider leaving a review somewhere, very much appreciated!You can order Priyanka's memoir here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241512845- My books: https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/2123m 17s

#313 Dan Murray-Serter: On Burnout & Brain Nutrition

Dan Murray-Serter is the co-founder of brain health and mental wellness company Heights. He is also the host of the UK's #1 business podcasts Secret Leaders and Braincare, and previously co-founder of Grabble, the UK's top shopping app. He is a thought-leader on topics such as mental health, spirituality & entrepreneurship and also writes about these topics for Forbes and Entrepreneur magazine. It was so great getting to chat to him about these topics - we talk about start-up founder burnout, brain nutrition, why he wanted to create a smart supplement to look after our brains, and the importance of breaks and naps. I hope you enjoy this episode! Dan has been VERY generous and given Ctrl Alt Delete listeners a code to use if you are interested in trying the smart supplement! Just use 'emmagannon' at checkout for £10 off a quarterly subscription of Heights! https://www.yourheights.com/products/the-smart-supplement/Check out Dan’s Secret Leaders podcast here: https://www.secretleaders.com/Check out Dan’s Braincare podcast here: https://www.yourheights.com/blog/podcast/  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/02/2138m 21s

#312 Yasmine Cheyenne: Self-Care, Joy & Healing

Yasmine Cheyenne is a writer, speaker, author of the poetry book SALVE and self-healing advocate, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She helps people create and strengthen their individual self-care practices by teaching them the tools that empower lasting positive changes in their lives. She hosts self-healing workshops as well as focusing on her writing. She is also the podcast host of The Sugar Jar which is discuss in this episode - it was so wonderful getting to talk to Yasmine about self-care, healing, burnout, boundaries, and looking after ourselves, during this pretty rocky time in everyones lives. Hope you enjoy this one! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/2136m 52s

#311 Georgina Lawton: On Her Book 'Raceless'

Georgina Lawton is a twenty-something journalist, weekly Guardian columnist, travel writer and host of Audible's DNA podcast, The Secrets In Us — a series that looks into 'do-it-yourself' DNA testing kits and Georgina follows the stories of those learning to live with the results.  Georgina’s debut book Raceless is out now, a stunning family memoir exploring race, identity and the devastating effect of long-held secrets within a happy family. It is a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black. The memoir investigates the question: what constitutes our sense of self? In this beautifully written memoir she grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced and emotional journey of forming one’s identity. Hope you enjoy this conversation.Buy Raceless here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780751579383Listen to Georgina's Audible original series here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Secrets-in-Us-Audiobook/B08LLHGGF4  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/2129m 41s

#310 Cate Sevilla: How To Deal With a Bad Boss

Cate Sevilla is my guest today, author of How to Work Without Losing Your Mind. She has led and managed editorial teams for some of the world's largest media and tech companies including Google, BuzzFeed and Microsoft. She was a founding member of BuzzFeed UK. She later became editor-in-chief at The Pool, at the helm when the company collapsed (which we talk more about in this episode), and we discuss how Cate is using these difficult experiences in her own career to help others with advice.In this episode, we focus on her brilliant book, which draws from loads of lessons learned in Cate’s career and interviews with other women, it is a relatable and reassuring guide to the messy, stressful and sometimes bizarre side of work that everyone experiences but no one talks about. Whether you're drowning in a toxic work environment, battling burnout, recovering from redundancy, suffering from comparison, or just struggling to figure out what you actually want from your career, Cate Sevilla is here to help coach you through the shitty bits and get you back on your feet. She has launched a podcast to accompany the publication of her debut book called The Heart Of It. If you enjoyed this conversation, please do leave a little review somewhere! Thank you!Cate’s book: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780241439661Cate's podcast: https://catesevilla.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/2134m 20s

#309 Kate Elizabeth Russell: Writing Fiction & Setting Boundaries

 Kate Elizabeth Russell is a writer, based in Oregon. Her debut novel, My Dark Vanessa, was published in 2020 and has been translated into thirty-five languages. It’s been both a Sunday Times Bestseller and a New York Times Bestseller. Stephen King himself described it as ‘a hard story to read and a harder one to put down … a package of dynamite’. The story alternates between Vanessa’s past and present, juxtaposing memory and trauma - its been described as an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects our shifting culture that is transforming our relationships and society itself. Here is a link to My Dark Vanessa on Bookshop.org: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008342241Just a quick mention that Kate’s book My Dark Vanessa touches on sexual abuse and trauma which we do talk about in this episode - just a heads up before you continue listening. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/2130m 51s

#308 Cathy Heller: Turning Passion Into Profit

Cathy Heller is the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, which has had over 16 million downloads - in this episode we talk about her book of the same name Don’t Keep Your Day Job which was released in November 2019 with Macmillan. It reminded me of all the advice I would have benefitted from a few years ago when I first knew I wanted to quit my job and do my own thing. The book goes into detail about how to find the work you’re meant to do, grow your business, and wake up to a life you love. Her book also tells her own story of her experience in the music industry, song writing, building a licensing business and running workshops showing others how to do it. She has been featured in Billboard, LA Weekly, Variety and tons more for having licensed her songs over hundreds of times to film, TV and ads. I have really enjoyed Cathy’s podcast during these lockdowns - they’re really lovely soulful interviews with people like Matthew McConaughey, Malcolm Gladwell, Bobbi Brown, Adam Grant and lots more.Check out Cathy’s course: Here's the link for Made to Do This http://madetodothis.com/ Check out Cathy’s book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Keep-Your-Day-Job/dp/1250193605Hope you enjoy this conversation!   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/2141m 53s

#307 Laura Mucha: Love, Relationships & Attachment Theory

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! Today’s guest is with the amazing Laura Mucha, an ex-lawyer, author, award-winning poet, and speaker. Her first book, Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love is the result of ten years of interviews with hundreds of strangers aged 8-95 years old across every continent, and it is fascinating. The Guardian describes her as “a fantastic nosy parker”. She is such a talented writer and researcher and I think you’ll fall in love with her like I did when you hear this episode. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Ugly Sisters is out now and her debut picture book, Rita’s Rabbit is out in 2021, so keep your eye out for that! We talk about SO much in this episode, I hope you enjoy, if you did, please do leave a review somewhere on Apple podcasts!Link to Laura's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472982438- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/2150m 36s

Ruby Warrington (REPLAY): Sober Curious: Is Life Better Without Alcohol?

This is a replay of a January 2019 episode. 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.Her bestselling book 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. Link to Sober Curious here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780062869043Ruby's NEW book The Sober Curious Reset: Change the Way You Drink in 100 Days or Less is an upbeat, practical new guide from Ruby Warrington, author, journalist and leading voice of the 'sober curious' movement. Link to buy here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780762472703 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/01/2143m 7s

#305 Rebecca Seal: Solo Work & Loneliness

My guest today is Rebecca Seal, an episode all about working from home. Rebecca is the author of Solo: How to Work Alone (and Not Lose Your Mind) it’s a fantastic book absolutely filled to the brim with wfh advice and tips and anecdotes. It's a science and evidence-based exploration of what working alone does to your brain and well-being, and how to cope with the more difficult aspects of solo work. She doesn’t shy away from talking about her own tough times in her own freelance life which I personally found super helpful. Initially, she thought it was a book for freelancers and self-employed people...and then 2020 happened.  She also specialises in food, drink, travel, lifestyle and human interest stories and has written or co-authored eight cookbooks, many with the LEON restaurant group, including her latest, LEON Happy Fast Food, which came out in May 2020. Hope you enjoy this one!Link to Rebecca's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788164856- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/2135m 32s

Gillian Anderson (REPLAY): Playing Margaret Thatcher & Winser Clothing Collection

This is reply of my episode with the wonderful Gillian Anderson! You might remember my episode from two years ago when Gillian came on the podcast 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.Stay tuned for the second half of this episode to hear about Gillian in THE CROWN where she will join the cast in season 4 as UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and SEX EDUCATION, 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/01/2135m 6s

#303 Adrienne Herbert: Finding Your Power Hour

My guest today is Adrienne Herbert: speaker, podcast host of The Power of Hour and trainer at the UK’s leading fitness app Fiit. She delivers talks and workshops to companies such as Adidas, Google and Apple and is passionate about helping people change up their lives. She now an author too, of the book Power Hour: How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love, which we dig into in this episode. We discuss finding motivation, reclaiming your time, and lots of helpful bits of advice in the book about creating a life you love. You can buy Adrienne's book here, out now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781786332691 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/12/2035m 2s

#302 Hashi Mohamed: On Luck, Privilege, Talent

My guest today is Hashi Mohamed, one of the UK’s leading barristers, a BBC broadcaster and author on social mobility in Britain. His book is out now, called People Like Us. He is one of 12 children, Hashi came to the UK as an unaccompanied child refugee from Kenya in the summer of 1993 when he was just 9 years old. When he arrived he spoke basic English, attended failing school, raised on state benefits in a deprived area of North West London. Today, he is also a published author who attended Oxford University for his postgraduate degree and Bar School on a full scholarship. He is an incredible person, who inspires so many with his story of hope, ambition, success, resilience and adaptability. and I’m SO excited to share this episode with you! If you enjoyed, please do leave a review. You can buy Hashi's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788161138 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/12/2038m 32s

#301 Kenya Hunt: GIRL: Essays on Black Womanhood

Today’s guest is Kenya Hunt, Fashion Director of Grazia UK and author of GIRL: Essays on Black womanhood. She has worked at some of the world's most influential women’s titles on both sides of the Atlantic from being an Assistant Editor at Jane, to her years as Deputy Editor of ELLE UK. Today we are discussing her new book which I absolutely loved. It has been described as “a provocative, heartbreaking and frequently hilarious collection of original essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today’s ever-changing world.” I loved this conversation all about sisterhood, social media, culture, friendship, activism and fashion. We cover lots. Hope you enjoy!You can buy Kenya's book GIRL: Essays on Black womanhood here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008371975 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/2031m 24s

#300: 300th SPECIAL Episode: Answering YOUR Voicenotes!

Hello hello it is my 300th episode of Ctrl Alt Delete, so I wanted to do something a little different to celebrate YOU for being here. I answered a selection of listener voicenotes: on advice to my younger self, starting a creative projects, favourite guest moments, building community, how to read for work and leisure, please loads more. I hope you enjoy this one, and if you did let me know because then I'll know to do more! HAPPY HOLIDAYS and I hope 2021 is a brighter year for everyone. All my love. Emma xo- My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon- My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a- My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7- Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon- Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/12/2030m 9s

#299 Selina Barker: End Of Year Exhaustion & Overwhelm

Winter lockdown emergency episode! This episode was recorded Live on Zoom with an audience! I chatted to the brilliant life design coach Selina Barker as a sort of emergency winter lockdown episode on self-care, burnout and overwhelm.It's the end of the year, and a lot of us are feeling low on energy, sad, depleted and overwhelmed. In this episode we discuss the importance of acknowledging our anxiety, how to plan when we can't plan, the myth of "the perfect balance", how to switch off when we can't go on a proper holiday,​ how to nurture yourself, the act of tender discipline, and designing a life you love, even in the hardest of times. You can pre-order Selina's book BURNT OUT now: https://amzn.to/2IL4MC8And a huge thanks to Natasha Russell who helped run this live event with me, if you are looking for help with virtual events, visit her website here: https://natasharussell.co.uk/Hope you enjoy, and if you did, please consider leaving a review somewhere :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/12/2046m 59s

#298 Rhonda Byrne: Discussing The Greatest Secret

Today’s guest is Rhonda Byrne, most famously known for her book and film: The Secret, viewed and read by millions across the world. The Secret was a global bestseller, published in over 50 languages, with 35 million copies sold. We’re here today to discuss her new book The Greatest Secret - a truly fascinating book about our minds and ridding ourselves of negative thoughts. The book reflects Rhonda’s own journey - and is filled with accessible practices for us to end our suffering, revealing the greatest discovery a human being can ever make, and shows you the way out of negativity, problems, and what you don’t want, to living a life of happiness and your true nature. I found the book really interesting, and I loved getting the chance to ask Rhonda all about it. Link to The Greatest Secret here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008447373Link to SABOTAGE here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781529340013 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/12/2037m 7s

#297 Tori Tsui: On Activism & Climate Change

Hello and welcome to this episode of Ctrl Alt Delete! This is a branded episode sponsored by VistaPrint, they offer personalised and unique products that are perfect for gifting at this time of year. I love offering personalised gifts at Xmas, as they have a little bit more thought involved. You can get everything from personalised mugs, calendars, photo books, even face coverings. Check out their Christmas confession campaign via the #MyXmasConfessions hashtag for more festive inspiration.My guest today is Tori Tsui, influencer, climate change activist and mental health advocate, with a previous career in photography, she is a woman of many skills . Last year Tori worked with Stella McCartney as a model in their campaign as a climate activist. She is a consultant for global brands who are seeking expert advice on topics spanning climate activism, environmentalism, mental health and inclusivity. Recently, Tori launched a podcast called Bad Activist, in which she co-hosts with her two friends, discussing how to navigate the pressures of perfect activism in an imperfect world.I hope you enjoy this episode, and if you did please consider leaving a review, thank you - and enjoy!More information here: http://www.vistaprint.co.uk/ctrl-alt-deleteA portion of revenue of this episode will be donated to: https://yacap.org/relief/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/12/2033m 32s

#296 Seth Godin: It's Time To Trust Yourself

Welcome back! My guest today is Seth Godin. Seth first came on the podcast in 2017 so it's nice to have a refresher episode! He is the author of 20 books, and his blog, which you’ll find at Seths.blog is one of the most widely read blog on the Internet and he blogs every single day. In his own words: “for more than thirty years, I’ve been trying to turn on lights, inspire people and teach them how to level up.” And that is the best way to describe Seth Godin, he helps people find dignity and motivation in their creative work, and he has been a huge influence on me over the years. We talk about his incredible new book The Practice, which I think is his best book yet. As always, if you enjoy this podcast please do consider leaving a review somewhere. And I'll see you again next week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/11/2034m 2s

#295 Venetia La Manna: How To Slow Down

Venetia La Manna is a broadcaster, slow fashion campaigner and the co-founder of Remember Who Made Them - a six part podcast series, digital campaign and fundraiser that aims to help energise a new solidarity economy in fashion. She is the creator of the brilliant podcast Talking Tastebuds, a series about food, wellbeing and the planet. She is the Sustainability Ambassador for The Body Shop and discusses issues relating to fashion and the climate crisis across all her platforms and on various radio shows. She is a brilliant voice in this space and it was so good to talk to her about her various projects. In the first half we talk about her work in the slow fashion space and the second half is about how she ditches her phone at the weekend to enjoy a slower pace. Enjoy!Get in touch:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonukTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/emmagannonEmail: hello@emmagannon.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/11/2040m 19s

#294 Patricia Bright: Money Talk

Today I'm chatting to wonderful Patricia Bright, a YouTube sensation with a background in financial consulting. Patricia brings much needed entrepreneurial finance conversations to the fore - she offers up her experiences and knowledge across her multi-award winning YouTube channel which has attracted over 4 million subscribers over the last 10 years. This year she launched The Break, an online channel to share tips and classes on business, personal development and personal finance.She also has a brilliant podcast called Caught Off Guard which explores business, personal development and personal finance through a series of candid interviews in both an audio and video format. Season 2 is out now and I will definitely be tuning in.In this episode, we talk about not quitting your job straight away, how she got started on YouTube, how we take the shame around money away, how to avoid financial mistakes, and chats about investing and saving.Hope you enjoy <3Books mentioned:Heart & Hustle: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780008263102The Multi-Hyphen Method: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781473680128Get in touch:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmagannonukTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/emmagannonEmail: hello@emmagannon.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/2025m 48s

#293 Dr Emma Hepburn: Dealing With Life Overwhelm

Today's guest is the brilliant Dr Emma Hepburn. She is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with over 15 years experience of working with and treating mental health difficulties. She is also someone I've followed on Instagram for years (@thepsychologymum on Instagram). She uses the platform brilliantly, and recently won a Lovie award, as well as a Peoples’ Choice Lovie for her social media work as well as being shortlisted for the mind Media Awards. This is due to her brilliant online presence where she posts illustrations on mental health (some of which feature in her book A Toolkit for Modern Life: 53 Ways to Look After Your Mind). She shows how we can understand our own brains in an engaging and information way. She is passionate about bringing psychology and evidence-based mental health information beyond the clinic room and is helping people get a handle on managing our mental wllbeing which is a life long process. Hope you enjoy our chat here about her book, mental health and dealing with general life overwhelm. If you did, please do considering leaving a review :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/2031m 32s

#292 Caitlin Moran: How To Be A Woman, 10 Years On

Today's guest is the brilliant Caitlin Moran! Award-winning columnist, author, scriptwriter. She is the eldest of eight children, grew up in Wolverhampton and she published her first novel at the age of 16. She then became a columnist at The Times aged 18 and has gone on to be named Columnist of the Year six times. Her popular novel How to Build a Girl is now a movie with Beanie Feldstein playing her. She is perhaps most known for her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman which has now been published in 28 countries and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. I read How To Be a Woman when I was 21, and like most people it had a profound effect on me and was my first introduction to the world of feminism. Now she has released a follow up book, ten years later, called More Than A Woman, it was so great getting to talk to her about everything thats gone on since HTBAW came out. We talk about the book, why she wrote it, helping a loved one who is struggling and of course some writing tips. Really enjoyed this chat - and hope you do too! If you enjoyed please feel free to leave a review. :) Thank you! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/2028m 37s

#291 Sharon Walters: Art as Therapy

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete, my guest today is Sharon Walters: a London-based artist, speaker & freelance educator who creates hand-assembled collages celebrating Black women. The series, entitled 'Seeing Ourselves' explores under-representation in many arenas in particular, the arts, magazines and western media. The work encourages us to take up space, be seen and create our own spaces. I first discovered Sharon's art on Instagram and she is someone who has uses the platform brilliantly to celebrate and share her work, as well as grow it as a business. In this episode we talk about how to turn a passion project into a sustainable business, when you know its right to quit a job, how creating art and doing things with your hands can be a brilliant form of self-care and therapy during hard times, plus a discussion about setting boundaries on social media.To check out more of her beautiful work, follow along on Instagram @London_artist1 or visit her shop here.If you liked our chat please do leave a review! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/2027m 12s

#290 Jacqueline Wilson: The Joy Of Writing For Young Adults

This week’s episode is with one of my biggest writing inspirations: Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Her 111th novel Love Frankie is out now. We talk about her journey into being one of the nation's most loved writers, her writing process, why she's always wanted to discuss deeper issues and themes within her books for children, her trouble with computers and why she loves meeting her readers. It was such a thrill to also record this one in person. A real 'moment' for me and the podcast. Hope you enjoy and if you did please do leave a rating or a review! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/10/2033m 31s

#288 Dr Pragya Agarwal: How Do You Judge Other People?

Today's guest is Dr Pragya Agarwal, a behavioural and data scientist, and the bestselling author of SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias which came out this year. Her writing on bias and prejudice, motherhood, gender and racial inequality and mental health has appeared in The Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post,, Forbes, and many more.Her next book ‘Wish we knew what to say: Talking with children about race’ is a manual for parents, carers and educators of all backgrounds and ethnicities to talk to children about race and racism - out with Dialogue Publishers (Hatchette) this month!Pragya also has a mini podcast series ‘Outside the boxes’ which I recommend checking out which examines how the labels and stereotypes affect us as a society, the science behind it, and what we can do about it.This episode is all about discovering our conscious and conscious bias, how we can notice them and what we can do to make the world a bit better. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/10/2030m 2s

#287 Martha Beck: How To Reconnect With Yourself

Martha Beck is a Harvard-trained sociologist (she has three degrees from Harvard!) and a world-renowned coach (most famously she's been Oprah's life coach) and New York Times bestselling author. She has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. She has been a monthly contributor for O, The Oprah Magazine for 17 years.I discovered Martha Beck properly during lockdown and have been inhaling everything she's ever written. I really recommend reading Steering by Starlight, Finding Your North Star and The Joy Diet. I find her thinking extremely comforting and interesting and her podcast Bewildered which she records alongside her friend Rowan Mangan shows us that a lot of our lives are shaped by culture and we need to get back in touch with our true nature. In this episode we talk about her background, life as a coach, her new book, how her love of nature & animals led her back to her true self, how to analyse dreams and how we can all have a bit more magic in our lives.Hope you enjoy xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/10/2040m 34s

#286 Dr Soph: Self-Sabotage & Seeking Safety

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! Today's guest is clinical psychologist Dr Soph where we discuss the topic of self-sabotage and how it can be a useful thing that tells us about ourselves and what we want.My new book SABOTAGE is out TODAY and to celebrate I am publishing this conversation with the brilliant Dr Soph about the topic and about her career as a therapist. I recently discovered Dr Soph and her brilliant Instagram presence and am so glad I have. She also contributed some wise nuggets to SABOTAGE which I am very grateful for! Dr Soph is registered Clinical Psychologist with 8 years experience. She offers one-on-one online therapy and coaching to support her clients in ways that fit around their lifestyle - and we talk all about how she helps people overcome anxiety and low self-esteem.In this conversation we talk about how we don't love the word self-sabotage but it is a useful phrase to sum up why we do what we do, how to spot our behaviours and the tools we can have in our back pocket to help us get out of own way. Self-sabotage can actually be useful and help us re-route, or show us what we really want, or show us the conflicts in our life. It's us "seeking safety" basically.Hope you enjoy this conversation! And you can buy SABOTAGE here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/sabotage/emma-gannon/9781529340013And you can pre-order Soph's book A Manual For Being Human here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-manual-for-being-human/dr-soph/9781471197468 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/2035m 55s

#285 Quieten Your Inner Critic: A Sneak Peek of SABOTAGE (Audiobook)

Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete. I am excited to share a snippet of my SABOTAGE audiobook here for you! (Out on Sept 24th!)I wanted to give you lovely listeners a sneak peak of my SABOTAGE audiobook! SABOTAGE: How to Silence Your Inner Critic and Get Out of Your Own Way is my newest non-fiction book publishing on the 24th September (in both UK and US), available to pre-order now! (Links below!)The book is a personal exploration of my own journey of self-sabotage, and more broadly, how most of us have a tendency to put barriers in the way of our progression and our happiness - at home and at work, both on and offline. SABOTAGE is a book about challenging these behaviours, digging a little deeper into why that unhelpful voice can creep up on us. Procrastination, jealousy, perfectionism, inner critic: the book explores how we can overcome these obstacles and how we can stop getting in our own way. This book is about how to (at the very least) be on our own side.The book explores real-life stories of success and setbacks from leading cultural voices, and a deep dive into what's really holding us back. Hope you enjoy this snippet and you can pre-order the audiobook from all good book stores now in the UK and the US! Or, the print version which is a lovely, and pocket-sized.UK audiobook version:https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sabotage-Audiobook/1529340020?qid=1599773690&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=9WZ2HB7XMJVYNXM0N7SZUS audiobook version:https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Sabotage/Emma-Gannon/9781524865368UK print version:AMAZON: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabotage-Silence-Your-Inner-Critic/dp/1529340012/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=WATERSTONES: https://www.waterstones.com/book/sabotage/emma-gannon/9781529340013US print version:AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Sabotage-How-Get-Out-Your/dp/152486241X/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=emma+gannon&qid=1599774255&sr=8-3BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sabotage-emma-gannon/1136997623?ean=9781524862411 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/09/208m 6s

#284 Seyi Akiwowo: The Rise Of Online Abuse & What We Can Do

Today's guest is with the brilliant activist and entrepreneur Seyi Akiwowo: the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a young not-for-profit organisation determined to end online abuse. Seyi travels the globe developing practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and companies to protect our online public spaces from hate and abuse. In 2018, she was named Stylist Magazine’s Woman of the Week, she is also Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender and is part of the #ToxicTwitter campaign to end online abuse against women.Aged 23, Seyi was elected as the youngest black female Councillor in East London and has had nine successful years working in politics and the charity and policy sectors both in the UK and Europe. In this episode, we discuss the rise of online abuse (especially in lockdown), gender based abuse, how to be a good online ally online and offline, action we can take, and all the amazing work Seyi and Glitch are doing to stop such harmful online behaviour becoming so widespread.More information on GLITCH: https://fixtheglitch.org/DONATE to GLITCH: https://fixtheglitch.org/donate/https://blacklivesmatter.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/2034m 58s

#283 Zoe Sugg: Life Online, Offline & in Lockdown

My guest today is the brilliant Zoe Sugg: author, entrepreneur, content creator and business owner.Zoe was one of my first ever guests back when I started this podcast in 2016, so I thought it would be really fun to invite her back on to talk all about what she's been up to in that time (aka a lot!). In this episode we talk about life in lockdown, her journey with anxiety, her mental health digital detox campaign with Lush and I Am Whole, why she decided to separate her Zoe Sugg and Zoella channels on social media, how to run a business, how to switch off and how to structure your day when you're working on multiple things. Plus her new YA book series The Magpie Society which is out in October. We had lots to talk about and I hope you enjoy this one!And why not join in Zoe's Digital Detox day! The campaign raises awareness about the negative impact social media can have on our mental health, and helps people to form healthier relationships with their devices. Digital Detox Day will take place in over ten countries worldwide on 5th September, when they will be inviting people to step away from their phones for one whole day. Together with LUSH, Zoe has created a bespoke Digital Detox Day bath bomb, raising vital funds for grassroots mental health charities. Why not join in and switch off, on 5th September! <3 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/09/2036m 36s

Seth Godin (REPLAY): When Reassurance Doesn't Work

Hello and welcome back. I'm replaying some old favourite episodes this week while I am on holiday. This episode was recorded in April 2017 (three years ago, WHAT). 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/08/2025m 39s

June Sarpong (REPLAY): Diversify Your Life

Hello and welcome back. I'm replaying some old favourite episodes this week while I am on holiday. This episode with the wonderful guest June Sarpong was recorded in November 2017.We discuss her new book Diversify backstage at Stylist Live. I've wanted to meet June for ages, so this was 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.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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/2029m 16s

Greta Gerwig (REPLAY): On Choosing Not To Be On Social Media

Hello and welcome back. I'm replaying some old favourite episodes this week while I am on holiday. This episode was recorded in February 2018. I met Greta in the Soho Hotel for the interview to talk about the release of her film Ladybird. Since then, of course she's gone on to make the incredible masterpiece that is her own version of Little Women that she wrote and directed. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and it also received nominations at the BAFTAs and Golden Globe Awards. Hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/08/2024m 37s

Jameela Jamil (REPLAY): 'I Weigh' & Cancel Culture

Hello and welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! I'm replaying some old favourite episodes this week while I am on holiday. This episode was recorded in March 2019. Since then Jameela's 'i Weigh' movement has blossomed and grown - it originally started as a hashtag and has now turned into a media company with her own podcast called i weigh which I highly recommend listening to, plus a website and newsletter. You may know Jameela from her 2008 days 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 an award-winning columnist in Company magazine 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.Hope you enjoy this episode! I interviewed her at her home in LA and it was a really refreshing, interesting conversation.You can follow i WEIGH here: https://www.instagram.com/i_weigh/?hl=en Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/08/2042m 27s

#278 Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey: Breaking The Harvey Weinstein Story

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. They are also the bestselling authors of She Said, the book all about how they did it.I managed to catch up with them before their flight back to New York before lockdown when they were in the UK to promote the book. It was so incredible to meet them. On 5 October 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that helped change the world. Hollywood was talking as never before. Kantor and Twohey outmanoeuvred Harvey Weinstein, his team of defenders and private investigators, convincing some of the most famous women in the world - and some unknown ones - to go on the record. Three years later, it led to his conviction. This is how they did it.Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please rate the episode on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. See you next week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/07/2032m 23s

#277 OLIVE series: Natalie Lee on Motherhood & Me Time (#4)

Hello and welcome to this special OLIVE mini series — all around the topic of my debut novel OLIVE which is out TODAY! In lieu of a launch party, I’ve decided to release this 4-part series on 4 different women’s varying experiences and attitudes towards motherhood, based on the topics within the book.The novel centres around Olive and her three best friends, Bea, Cecily and Isla. Bea is a mum of 3 who loves her busy chaotic home, Cecily is newly pregnant feeling apprehensive and excited, Isla is struggling with her fertility and undergoing IVF treatment. Olive knows that having children is not for her and recently broke up with her longterm boyfriend because he wanted to try for a baby and she didn’t — and this book explores the obstacle course of adulthood, navigating key life milestones, and how their friendships grow and change as they each figure out their own paths.Natalie Lee is a fashion blogger, former midwife and body positivity advocate. In this episode we talk about getting creative during maternity leave, how friendships can change & grow, how to set boundaries and having time for yourself.Follow Natalie on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/stylemesunday/?hl=enThanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer.Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570034665&sr=1-5&tag=smarturl-gb-21 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2024m 17s

#276 OLIVE series: Clover Stroud's Wild & Sleepless Nights (#3)

Hello and welcome to this special OLIVE mini series — all around the topic of my debut novel OLIVE which is out TODAY! In lieu of a launch party, I’ve decided to release this 4-part series on 4 different women’s varying experiences and attitudes towards motherhood, based on the topics within the book.The novel centres around Olive and her three best friends, Bea, Cecily and Isla. Bea is a mum of 3 who loves her busy chaotic home, Cecily is newly pregnant feeling apprehensive and excited, Isla is struggling with her fertility and undergoing IVF treatment. Olive knows that having children is not for her and recently broke up with her longterm boyfriend because he wanted to try for a baby and she didn’t — and this book explores the obstacle course of adulthood, navigating key life milestones, and how their friendships grow and change as they each figure out their own paths.My guest is Clover Stroud is an author and journalist and mother of 5 - who writes for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Conde Nast Traveller among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children. Her first book, The Wild Other, was shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize. Her second book My Wild and Sleepless Nights — which examines what it means to be a mother — the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair which we talk about it all in this episode.You can order Clover's book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Wild-Sleepless-Nights-Mothers/dp/0857525905/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1595429479&refinements=p_27%3AClover+Stroud&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Clover+StroudThanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer.Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570034665&sr=1-5&tag=smarturl-gb-21 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2041m 19s

#275 OLIVE series: Jessica Hepburn on Life After IVF (#2)

Hello and welcome to this special OLIVE mini series — all around the topic of my debut novel OLIVE which is out TODAY! In lieu of a launch party, I’ve decided to release this 4-part series on 4 different women’s varying experiences and attitudes towards motherhood, based on the topics within the book.The novel centres around Olive and her three best friends, Bea, Cecily and Isla. Bea is a mum of 3 who loves her busy chaotic home, Cecily is newly pregnant feeling apprehensive and excited, Isla is struggling with her fertility and undergoing IVF treatment. Olive knows that having children is not for her and recently broke up with her longterm boyfriend because he wanted to try for a baby and she didn’t — and this book explores the obstacle course of adulthood, navigating key life milestones, and how their friendships grow and change as they each figure out their own paths Today's guest is Jessica Hepburn is author/ arts producer, adventure activist — and one of the UK's leading patient voices on fertility, infertility, the science of making babies and modern families. Having been through eleven rounds of IVF, she has become a pioneer in raising awareness of what it means to struggle to create the family you long for, and how to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn't go to plan. I absolutely love this episode and hearing about Jessica’s story.  You can find out more about Jessica on her website, and order both her books here: https://www.jessicahepburn.com/booksThanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer.Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570034665&sr=1-5&tag=smarturl-gb-21 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2038m 16s

#274 OLIVE series: Emma Sexton on Being Child Free By Choice (#1)

Hello and welcome to this special OLIVE mini series — all around the topic of my debut novel OLIVE which is out TODAY! In lieu of a launch party, I’ve decided to release this 4-part series on 4 different women’s varying experiences and attitudes towards motherhood, based on the topics within the book.The novel centres around Olive and her three best friends, Bea, Cecily and Isla. Bea is a mum of 3 who loves her busy chaotic home, Cecily is newly pregnant feeling apprehensive and excited, Isla is struggling with her fertility and undergoing IVF treatment. Olive knows that having children is not for her and recently broke up with her longterm boyfriend because he wanted to try for a baby and she didn’t — and this book explores the obstacle course of adulthood, navigating key life milestones, and how their friendships grow and change as they each figure out their own paths Today's guest is Emma Sexton, talking all about childfree-by-choice life. She is a design entrepreneur, creative strategist, speaker and coach - and founder of her own creative agency in 2013. We talk about her figuring out her own path, the things people still comment on, why it’s something she’s always known from a young age, and why we should talk about it more!You can follow Emma here: https://www.instagram.com/misssexton/?hl=enThanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer.Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570034665&sr=1-5&tag=smarturl-gb-21 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2036m 36s

#273 Sophie Heawood: The Book Single Mothers Have Been Waiting For

My guest today is the brilliant Sophie Heawood. I've followed Sophie's work for years, I've loved her columns in the Guardian, VICE and her brilliant newsletter.Sophie has written for many publications including The Times, Guardian, Observer and Vogue and writes the most incredible profiles of A-Listers — she doesn't just interview celebrities she tells incredibly stories while doing so, and crafts features in such a compelling interesting way that makes you feel like you are in LA or in the fancy hotel lobby with her. Her first book The Hungover Games is out now, it is a beautiful memoir about single motherhood and what to expect when you weren't expecting to be expecting. I read it in a day, and I think you will also love it. If you enjoyed this conversation, please do leave a rating or a review! :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/07/2035m 30s

#272 (BONUS EPISODE) Sophie Butler: Self-Love In Lockdown

My guest today is one of the British Gymshark athletes, the wonderful fitness influencer Sophie Butler — someone I thoroughly enjoy following on Instagram and find extremely inspiring on every level. I jumped at this chance to collaborate with her for the podcast. (Apologies in advance for the patchy audio — lockdown issues!)*This episode is brought to you by Gymshark.* Gymshark is a sportwear brand who focuses on fitness and conditioning. They have released a whole new range of sports bras for all training styles and support levels. Going from low support for low impact activities to high support for higher impact activities, each bra is available in 5 different sizes and multiple colour-ways. You can check them out at gymshark.com/calSophie is an award-winning content creator (she won Best Health & Wellbeing Influencer at the Cosmo Awards last year!) and a personal trainer who shares her passion and knowledge about health and fitness on her multiple social media platforms. She is passionate about fitness since she was 19 and qualified PT for two years now, Sophie’s goal is to help people get stronger and healthier, and following an injury in the gym, she is supporting other people with spinal injuries in their journey to recovery. She shares inspiring and educating content and aims at bringing together an uplifting community of positive and open-minded people.In this episode she shares with me her personal journey through self-empowerment and how health and fitness has played a key part into becoming the women she is today. Hope you enjoy! <3 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/07/2026m 37s

#271 Ann Friedman: What Is 'Big Friendship'?

Today's guest is Ann Friedman, one half of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend and now author of the forthcoming book Big Friendship, out this month (July 2020). It is a friendship bible on how to keep each other close.This book is authored by both Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, (Aminatou has also been a guest on Ctrl Alt Delete, episode number #183 if you fancy going back and listening) and Big Friendship is a the story of their own ten-year, complex, loving friendship. They share their highs, lows, and hard-won wisdom with honesty, hilarity and compassion. They've weathered life-threatening health scares and long-distance living - and they know: the most important part of a Big Friendship is investing in each other again and again.I absolutely loved the book! I think we need to have more honest conversations about friendship and like all other relationships, it takes work.I hope you enjoy this episode and make sure you buy a copy of Big Friendship! https://www.bigfriendship.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/07/2025m 49s

#270 Julia Cameron: Creativity, Criticism & The Artist's Way

Julia Cameron is the bestselling author of The Artists' Way. She is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and essayist, she also has extensive credits in film, television and theatre, and is an award-winning journalist. Her groundbreaking books on creativity have become international bestsellers.In this episode we talk about The Artist's Way which has a new revamped cover which is very exciting. The book first came out in the early 90s and provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' thoughts that hold so many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. The Artist's Way will demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life.From Alicia Keys to Elizabeth Gilbert to Russell Brand, The Artist's Way has helped thousands of people around the world to discover their inner artist. Whatever your background or career path, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfil your creative goals. Hope you enjoy! xo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/07/2033m 53s

#269 Glennon Doyle: Envy & Jealousy Are Useful Emotions

Glennon Doyle is someone I've wanted to have on the podcast for years, ever since I read her book LOVE WARRIOR (which was an Oprah Book Club selection), as well as her New York Times bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. An activist and thought leader, Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organisation that has revolutionised grassroots philanthropy – raising over $25 million for women, families, and children in crisis. She lives in Florida with her wife and three children.In this episode we discuss Glennon's new book "Untamed. Stop pleasing, start living" which has gone on to become a #1 New York Times bestseller and (a Reese's Book Club selection).For many years, Glennon Doyle denied feeling unhappy in her life and marriage. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room (Abby Wambach) and fell instantly in love. the voice she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions and social conditioning.Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanising wake-up call. It is the story of how she learned that a responsible mother is not one who gives up who she is for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is also the story of how each of us can unleash our truest, wildest instincts.We talk about how she got the book out to so many people during lockdown, how to spot our desires beneath the desires, how jealousy is a useful emotion and I ask Glennon about some of my favourite bits in the book and how we can be a little bit braver, and wilder in the lives we live. ENJOY!!!Glennon's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Glennon-Doyle/e/B073C6SQY1/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1You can pre-order OLIVE here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emma-Gannon/e/B07CNBMD9B/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/2041m 17s

#268 Renay Richardson: Equality in Audio & Broccoli Content

Renay Richardson is the founder and CEO of Broccoli Content, a company she founded in 2018.Broccoli is a new multi-genre podcasting joint venture between Renay and Sony Music and is focused on the development and distribution of original programming. Renay is a producer who has previously worked for podcast platforms including Acast & Audible and a successful independent podcast creator in her own right - her credits including About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge and The Receipts on 1xtra from BBC Radio 1Xtra. In this episode we talk about Broccoli's recent brilliant initiative called The Equality in Audio Pact - which the Guardian and BBC have just signed among many others - there are the 5 points:1 . Pay interns / No longer use unpaid interns.2. Hire LGBTQIA+, black people, people of colour and other minorities on projects not only related to their identity.3. If you are a company that releases gender pay gap reports, release your race pay gap data at the same time.4. No longer participate in panels that are not representative of the cities, towns, and industries they take place in.5. Be transparent about who works for your company, as well as their role, position and permanency.You sign the pledge here: https://www.broccolicontent.com/equality-in-audio-pactHope you enjoy this episode! I loved talking to Renay about her career, the future of podcasting and making the audio space more equal. Plus, getting into podcasting; first jobs; being a CEO; sharing the mic, what 'Broccoli' means; working on Reni Eddo-Lodge's podcast, racism in audio, working in podcasting in the UK and the US. On making About Race: "we were right, we were ahead, you get punished for having vision and for seeing the future and what is actually needed. We were held back and restricted in what we did."Please go and follow Broccoli Content and check out their amazing podcast series ANTHEMS: http://hyperurl.co/anthemspodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/2031m 14s

#267 Candice Brathwaite: Motherhood, Business & Taking Up Space

My guest today is the brilliant Candice Brathwaite, Sunday Times Bestselling author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother. The book has been called 'an urgent part-memoir, part-manifesto about Black British motherhood' in Red magazine. When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the photos of women in glossy magazines and Mumsnet and she found herself wondering: "Where are all the black mothers?".Candice started blogging about motherhood in 2016 and is the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse – an online initiative that aims to encourage a more accurately representative and diverse depiction of motherhood in the media.Candice's book I am Not Your Baby Mother is urgent, inspirational, funny, and very very important. It talks about her own childhood, pregnancy, how Black British women are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth, (and lots of eye-opening statistics that you will never forget), and the reality of living with racial micro-aggressions and unconscious bias at every point. It's one of the most important books I've read all year and I think it should be in schools. Candice writes with such humour, poignancy and depth - I love her straight-talking style and everyone should read it. Please do buy a copy. Hope you enjoy this episode, if you did please leaving a rating or review, thanks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/2029m 50s

#266 Layla F Saad: Doing The Anti-Racism Work

Today's guest is Layla F. Saad, #1 bestselling author of Me And White Supremacy and globally respected writer, speaker and host of the Good Ancestor Podcast. She speaks on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Me And White Supremacy is Layla's first book. Initially it was self-published online for free following an Instagram challenge and hashtag under the same name, and was downloaded by close to ninety thousand people around the world in the space of six months. It is now a New York Times Bestselling book. Layla's work has been brought into homes, educational institutions and workplaces around the world that are seeking to create personal and collective change.It is worth mentioning this conversation was recorded on 4th May, before the news of George Floyd. The advertising revenue for this week's episode will be donated to the Black Lives Matter Fund.To read:Do the work: an anti-racism reading list: https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2020/jun/03/do-the-work-an-anti-racist-reading-list-layla-f-saad"I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy" by Layla Saad: http://laylafsaad.com/poetry-prose/white-women-white-supremacy-1The Millions of Amy Coopers https://www.thecut.com/2020/05/why-amy-cooper-called-the-cops.htmlReni Eddo-Lodge's tweets: https://twitter.com/renireni/status/1266674554283401216Fighting the racism that killed George Floyd requires more than hashtags https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/02/white-people-racism-george-floyd?CMP=Share_iOSApp_OtherWe Need To Rethink Our “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen” Approach To Activism https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/performative-grief-onlineTo donate: Minnesota Freedom FundBLMOfficial George Floyd Memorial Fund Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/06/2046m 51s

#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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/2029m 15s

#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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/2027m 54s

#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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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.) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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** Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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!!! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/07/1924m 48s

#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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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 :) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/06/1923m 59s