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July 30, 2020
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! 
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July 23, 2020
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=en Thanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer. Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499 Amazon: 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 
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July 23, 2020
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+Stroud Thanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer. Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499 Amazon: 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 
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July 23, 2020
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/books Thanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer. Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499 Amazon: 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 
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July 23, 2020
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=en Thanks for listening and you can now buy OLIVE from your favourite retailer. Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/olive/emma-gannon/9780008382728 Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Gannon/Olive/24224499 Amazon: 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 
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July 16, 2020
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! :) 
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July 10, 2020
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/cal Sophie 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!
July 9, 2020
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/ 
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July 1, 2020
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 
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June 25, 2020
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_1 You can pre-order OLIVE here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emma-Gannon/e/B07CNBMD9B/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 
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June 18, 2020
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-pact Hope 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 
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June 11, 2020
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! 
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June 4, 2020
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-1 - The Millions of Amy Coopers https://www.thecut.com/2020/05/why-amy-cooper-called-the-cops.html - Reni Eddo-Lodge's tweets: https://twitter.com/renireni/status/1266674554283401216 - Fighting 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_Other - We Need To Rethink Our “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen” Approach To Activism https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/performative-grief-online To donate: - Minnesota Freedom Fund - BLM - Official George Floyd Memorial Fund - NAACP Legal Defense Fund To sign a petition: - Justice for George Floyd - Change.org - Color of Change - We Can't Breathe - NAACP I really encourage you to buy a copy of Layla's book asap, as she says, it's not a book you read, its a book you 'do' and it will change you for the better. Thank you for listening and see you next week. 
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May 28, 2020
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! 
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May 21, 2020
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.html More info on PressPad here: https://presspad.co.uk/ 
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May 14, 2020
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! 
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May 11, 2020
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. 
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May 7, 2020
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. 
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May 4, 2020
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/9781529110210 Thanks for listening, and if you enjoyed this episode please do consider leaving a rating or review! xo 
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April 30, 2020
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. 
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April 27, 2020
[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. 
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April 23, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 20, 2020
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 16, 2020
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!   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 9, 2020
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 6, 2020
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! :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 25, 2020
*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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 19, 2020
*Just a little note that this episode was recorded back in January 2020* Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Girlboss, a professional network for ambitious women. Her 2014 New York Times Bestseller #GIRLBOSS, chronicled her early life as well as her experience as the founder of fashion empire Nasty Gal — and it was also adapted into a scripted TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2017. Sophia is also the author of Nasty Galaxy and the Girlboss Workbook. She has been featured on the Fortune 40 under 40, Forbes 30 under 30, Inc. 30 under 30, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business lists, and named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women. in 2016 Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy and in an article on entrepreneur.com Sophia recently said: “In a six-month period, I was on the cover of Forbes, my husband of less than a year left me, and my company went bankrupt -- very publicly. At that time, there weren’t any young female entrepreneurs, or very few, who had experienced the level of crisis or anything like I had. It was a very lonely place to be.” I have really admired Sophia’s honesty over the years and her discussion around public success and public failure and what she’s learned from both. In this episode we discuss all sort of things, the evolution of the #girlboss brand, taking risks as a brand builder, and how her idea of success has changed. If you liked this episode please do rate and review ♡ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 12, 2020
Today’s guest is the brilliant Sharon Horgan. She is a BAFTA award-winning Irish actress, co-founder of Merman, writer, producer and director, and perhaps best known for her multiple award-winning sitcom Catastrophe, which she co-writes and stars in with Rob Delaney. She was nominated for two BAFTA Awards and won two British Comedy Awards for her BBC show Pulling which she co-wrote and starred in. Sharon co-founded the independent production company Merman which shot the first series of Motherland which was co-written by Sharon and aired on BBC Two to great critical acclaim. Today Sharon is on the podcast to discuss the feature film she’s currently in called Military Waves in which she stars alongside Kristin Scott Thomas. The film is inspired by a BBC factual series about a choirmaster who selects and trains amateur singers while their partners are away serving in Afghanistan. It’s a really feel-good film, with some very touching moments too. Hope you enjoy this episode and if you did please do leave a rating or review! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 8, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 5, 2020
Chidera Eggerue aka The Slumflower is the best-selling author of What A Time To Be Alone (Hardie Grant 2018) which has sold over 50,000 copies to date. The book is an empowering call to arms for women everywhere to claim back themselves and focus on the benefits of singledom. In February 2020 Chidera released her follow up book ‘How To Get Over A Boy’ (Hardie Grant 2020) another empowering manifesto and guide to dating men. Chidera is featured in Sunday Time’s 2019 Top 100 Influencers list, Buzzfeed’s ‘Top 30 Black Girls to follow on Instagram’ and the Dazed 100 list. In 2018 Chidera was awarded Cosmopolitan’s ‘Changemaker of the Year’ award. In this episode we discuss her opinions on modern day feminism; how to put yourself first, and how to get the life you deserve by prioritising your own pleasure. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 27, 2020
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.
February 20, 2020
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 13, 2020
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 :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 6, 2020
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 30, 2020
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 and published a number of stories and her most recent 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 2020 The Sunday Times One to Watch A Times Best Book of 2020 A Stylist Best Book of 2020 A New York Times Book to Watch A Vogue Best Book of Winter A Marie Claire Best Book of Winter if you liked the episode please don't forget to rate and review :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 22, 2020
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 American TV 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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 16, 2020
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 :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 9, 2020
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 :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 2, 2020
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 26, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 19, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 16, 2019
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
December 13, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 9, 2019
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.) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 4, 2019
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** For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 25, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 21, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 14, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 11, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 7, 2019
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!  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 3, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 31, 2019
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!!! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 24, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 16, 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. 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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 10, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 3, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 26, 2019
PRE-ORDER SABOTAGE HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-six-emma-gannon/description My 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 23, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 19, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 15, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 12, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 5, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
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 :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 22, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 15, 2019
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/ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 8, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 31, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 25, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 11, 2019
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
July 4, 2019
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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 28, 2019
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 :) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 20, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 13, 2019
*Please go to charitywateruk.org/emma* My guest today is Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Thirst. Really excited for you to hear Scott's story behind setting up this incredible charity that has now raised more than 360 million dollars, provided over 9.5 million people with clean, safe drinking water.and funded over 35,000 water projects in 27 countries. Scott set up Charity Water in 2006, having seen the effects of dirty water firsthand. The organisation set out on a big mission, to bring clean water to every person living without it, and an even bigger vision - to reinvent charity with an innovative 100% model and radical transparency, proving every single water project funded. And I'm SUPER excited to also share that I am doing a Charity Water fundraiser for my 30th birthday. I am 30 this week! so if you enjoy this podcast, I'm asking you for a small gift for my birthday, to go to charity water...it would absolutely amazing if you could do this one small thing and donate to my fundraiser. You can give anything. Go to charitywateruk.org/emma Why am I asking you to do this?​  Over 600 million people in the world are still living without clean water. Every day, about thousands of children die from diseases caused by unsafe water. It's not okay. But we can all do something to help. What I love about charity: water, is that 100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, they will send us photos and GPS ​link so we can see the exact community we helped and the water points they build. Just a reminder that it's charitywateruk.org/emma Hope you enjoy listening to this episode and thank you so much in advance!!! ​ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 6, 2019
Dustin Lance Black is my guest today! Lance has been named as one of the 50 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in America for the last decade. He is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker, writer, and social activist. He won the Oscar and two WGA Awards for his screenplay MILK, the biopic of activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn. He was also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia. Lance's memoir MAMA’S BOY is out now, an absolutely incredible book, about growing up in a conservative Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas. The book is about his relationship with his mother, Anne, who sadly contracted polio when she was two years old and endured many surgeries throughout her life. Lance came out to his mother at twenty-one, and Mama's Boy explores what it took to remain a family despite such division of belief. Mama's Boy is the story of building bridges, of family, foundations, turmoil, tragedy, elation, and love. It is a story needed now more than ever. There is so much more I could say about Lance, but most of all, he was so lovely, and warm and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and going to his home in London to record.
May 30, 2019
My guest today is Jessica Pan, author of Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously. This is an incredibly funny and frank book all about how Jess decided to drastically change her life for a whole year. An introvert by nature, she decides to live like an extrovert for a year with the help of some experts and mentors along the way. She embraces some horrors. She takes on a series of challenges: improv, a solo holiday, public speaking and talking to strangers on the tube. Jess reports back, and it's laugh out loud, but also rather inspiring. We talk about getting out of our comfort zones, how talking to strangers actually makes us happier, how at a certain age we lose friends and how to make new ones and much more. Hope you enjoy this one! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 23, 2019
Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer. She has been listed as one of the BBC’s broadcasting stars of the future, and one of The Observer's 2019 rising stars.  ​​She is also a columnist for The Dublin Inquirer and is one of the BBC's Expert Voices. She has also had work published in a number of academic journals and newspapers​ and her​ work crosses African Studies, art, sociology and history. She is​ also​ a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS. Today we are discussing her debut book Don’t Touch My Hair published by Penguin​. A book about why black hair matters.​ Stylist magazine recently said "Pulled together with meticulous research, Don't Touch My Hair is an unmissable read by a writer who's set to become a household name​." We discuss body image, beauty standards, colourism, growing up and why she wrote her book. ​I hope you enjoy this episode and please don't forget to leave a rating or a review on iTunes - it really helps!​ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 16, 2019
Poorna Bell is award-winning journalist of 15 years and a digital expert having worked as UK Exec Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for Huffington Post. She currently writes for Grazia, The iPaper, The Guardian, Red magazine, and Stylist. She was recently named one of Balance magazine’s top 100 wellness personalities, a Stylist magazine Rising Star, a judge for the Mind Media Awards and British Book Awards, plus so much more. Her debut non-fiction book Chase The Rainbow (Simon & Schuster) came out last year; a moving memoir about how Poorna's life was affected —but not defined—by the suicide of her husband Rob. Ariana Huffington said about the book: ‘Chase the Rainbow is a game-changing book. Poorna Bell’s moving account of the pressures on modern men could be a life-saver." Poorna's second book In Search Of Silence is out now, all about her deeply personal journey which asks us all to define what 'happiness' truly means to each of us. In this episode we discuss the inspiration behind this second memoir, her wariness of self-help books, and what she's learned along the way. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 9, 2019
Philippa Perry is an author, psychotherapist, factual presenter for radio and television and someone I've been a fan of ever since I read her book called How to Stay Sane back in 2012. After volunteering with the Samaritans, Philippa trained as a psychotherapist and worked in the mental health field for several years before writing her graphic novel, Couch Fiction which lays bare the process of psychotherapy, published in 2010. Philippa is also an agony aunt for Red Magazine and contributes to The Guardian. She has presented several documentaries including The Truth about Children Who Lie for BBC Radio 4, Being Bipolar for Channel 4 and How To Be A Surrealist with Philippa Perry for BBC Four. Her most recent book, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), was a number one Sunday Times bestseller - a book all about what really matters and what behaviour it is important to avoid - the vital dos and don'ts of parenting. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 2, 2019
My guest today is the hugely inspiring activist, writer, and lecturer Rachel Cargle. I recorded this episode at The Wing in New York, which was fun. I first came across Rachel's work on Instagram. She was recently on Red Table Talk a US roundtable show streamed on Facebook and hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith and Rachel's clip on white privilege went viral, and I really wanted to spread her message on this podcast. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms now have a community of over 250k people which have grown pretty quickly since one of her signs at the Woman's March in 2018 went viral.  Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world. She is one busy woman, currently teaching and attending Columbia University where she is studying anthropology and women's studies. I am thrilled we got a chance to sit down and talk, hope you enjoy the episode! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 25, 2019
Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She has written 4 critically aclaimed novels, including The Party which was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick. Elizabeth is a currently columnist for You magazine on the Mail on Sunday and a feature writer for numerous publications in the UK and US including The Telegraph, The Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, the Observer, Vogue, Grazia, Elle, The Pool and Vanity Fair. Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right. Every week, in a one-on-one interview, a guest discusses what they have learned from failure. Interviewees have included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lily Allen, Alastair Campbell and Dolly Alderton. Her book How To fail, based on the podcast, is out now, a brilliantly honest memoir about celebrating the things that go wrong. We talk about personal writing, success 'triggers', fertility, friendship, failures and why your own definition of success is super important. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 18, 2019
Candice Carty-Williams is an author, culture writer and journalist based in London. Her book Queenie came out recently in the UK and US, about a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London called Queenie Jenkins, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. Oprah has called it 'brazenly hilarious" and it's been called The Black Bridget Jones. She writes regularly to i-D, Refinery29, BEAT Magazine, and more, and her pieces, especially those about blackness, sex, and identity have been shared and read globally. Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, before moving to Vintage Books. We discuss writing Queenie, the universal topics within it, how to get published and why you should proactively ask for criticism, however hard that might be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 11, 2019
My guest today is the brilliant Anna Newton (aka @TheAnnaEdit) who is an award-winning online content creator and author. Her first book, the life organisation manual ‘An Edited Life’, was published in January 2019. She is the Millennial Marie Kondo in my eyes. She resides by the sea in Brighton, and this episode was recorded at the Komedia as part of Brighton's First Podcast Festival. It was really fun to record with a live audience with a local Brighton resident! She has fronted her blog and YouTube channel ‘The Anna Edit’ since 2010. Her blog is ranked as the 5th biggest in the world in the lifestyle category and she’s been featured in Grazia, Stylist, YOU, Metro and The Guardian. She co-hosts the chart-topping podcast, At Home With… , alongside fellow blogger Lily Pebbles and has collaborated with brands such as Space NK, Estée Lauder and Selfridges. We chatted about how to streamline your life online and offline; why it pays off to have less stuff; how to say no more and how to make day-to-day life that little bit more manageable. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 3, 2019
Today's guest is Mrs Hinch (real name Sophie Hinchliffe) who became an overnight sensation by sharing her cleaning tips and tricks on Instagram last year, growing from 1k to 1m followers in six months. She's now at 2 million with no sign of slowing down. Her witty and entertaining Instagram Stories are part advice, part entertainment and absolutely brilliant.  Sophie coined the term 'Hinching' making cleaning genuinely a lot of fun, and she's opened a conversation about how cleaning can be quite relaxing and much needed 'me time'. Her book Hinch Yourself Happy is out today (on the day of this podcast release) and is packed with lots of tips to help shine your sink and soothe your soul. Hope you enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
My guest today is a slightly different one. It’s with Sarah Thompson, a 21 year pro-skater in Huntington Beach who I interviewed on International Women’s Day 2019. She campaigns for helmet safety and raises awareness of head injury after two serious consecutive concussions in 2017. No one had warned her about it or told her what to do if it happened. In the male-dominated skate community it's not "cool" to wear a helmet so Sarah wants more people to make sure they wear one. A few weeks before this interview Sarah also broke her pelvis and is recovering before a skate competition in Sweden. You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes but I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one! For more information on things to do Huntington and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and surfcityusa.com, both have loads of information and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes! Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
My guest today is bestselling author Caroline Kepnes. I first met the amazing @carolinekepnes in 2016 when I first interviewed her about her books YOU and Hidden Boddies aka "the Joe books". In 2017 we met up again and the casting had began for YOU to be a TV show on Lifetime! Then, Netflix wanted it too and now 40 million people have now watched it. I chatted to her about this crazy year, her books, her career and her life in LA. You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes that I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one! For more information on things to do LA and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com, both have tones of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes. Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
Today's interview is with Erica Williams Simon (we recorded it at The Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood). She is the host of one of my favourite interview podcasts The Call, hosted currently on the Man Repeller website. She is a full blown multi-hyphenate: head of the Creator’s Lab at Snapchat, podcast host, author of the forthcoming book You Deserve the Truth, published in May, which unpicks the lies we are constantly told. Prior to that, she worked in politics in Washington, leading Generation Progress among other roles, and was named one of POLITICO’s youngest Top 50 To Watch. We talk about why California is a great place to be an activist, what she knows about burnout and how her family have shaped her. Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete.You might know by now if you’ve listened to the other episodes but I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one! For more information on things to do West Hollywood and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com, both websites have tones of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes. Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
This episode is with Taylor Jenkins Reid, recorded at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood, all about her new book Daisy And The Six (one of the most hotly anticipated book for 2019). It's a novel all about the rock-scene in California in the 70s. Excitingly, Reese Witherspoon's company @hellosunshine is turning it into an Amazon TV show. We talk about her love for Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, how she defines success, how she writes a book a year, how she went from casting assistant in Hollywood to author, how her friends inspired her to write after reading her funny long emails, and how our career shouldn't be the only definition of success. I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. Make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one! For more information on things to do West Hollywood and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, and www.visitwesthollywood.com both websites have tons of info and travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their instagram page for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes! Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
This episode is with Dr Megan Jones Bell, the Chief Science Officer at Headspace. I went to go to the Headspace HQ in Santa Monica and it was just as cool as I’d imagined. Megan's work is all about making mental healthcare more effective, more affordable, and more accessible while changing the culture around mental health and wellness. This conversation is about why she moved to California and all the exciting stuff Headspace is going, plus tips on welcoming more mindfulness into your life. This episode is in collaboration with Visit California. I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special six part mini-series, The California Innovation Tour. I’ve worked with them for a few years now, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series with a variety of different California-based guests. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, make sure you check out all six episodes and start from number one! For more information on things to do Santa Monica and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, it has really in-depth travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their TV channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration. Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes. Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2019
I am thrilled to have partnered with Visit California for this special mini-series for Ctrl Alt Delete. I first started working with Visit California a few years ago, and they’re doing some incredible things in the tourism landscape and it’s been really exciting to work with them on this podcast mini-series which we’ve called ‘The California Innovation Tour.” There is something about the place that keeps drawing me back: the positive mind-set of the people who live there, the laid-back lifestyle, the incredible diversity and beauty of the landscape and so much more. For years California has been the inspiration for songs, films, and novels, as well as the birthplace of emerging trends, from the tech world and fitness and health. So together with Visit California I got to meet a handful of incredible minds to cover these topics. Megan Jones-Bell from Headspace, bestselling thriller author Caroline Kepnes, happiness expert Ruth Whippman on happiness, activist Erica Williams Simon - just to name few. If you’ve been following my Instagram (@emmagannonuk) you’ll see that I spent the first two weeks of March road-tripping around California. I started in the Bay Area with a few days in San Francisco and Oakland, where I met some of the series’ guests that you’ll hear from, before travelling down the coast to LA and then onto Huntington Beach for International Women’s Day. Over the course of my trip I met with some of California’s most forward thinking dreamers and pioneers, and I’m really excited bring you this mini-series. This episode is with Ruth Whippman, and we recorded it in a room at Hotel Zephr on Fisherman’s Wharf. The Sunday Times has called Ruth: "A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson"and she is a writer and cultural critic from London, now living in the California. She writes for the New York Times. She is the author of America the Anxious (US edition) /The Pursuit of Happiness (UK edition). Her book is about when Ruth moves to California, and notices that there is an American obsession with finding happiness - and she unpicks why this is and why chasing constant happiness might not be the answer. For more information on things to do San Francisco and to help plan your own California road-trip check out www.visitcalifornia.co.uk, it has really in-depth travel guides, as well as a loads of content to inspire you if you’re thinking of booking a trip, including California Now, which is the tourism boards own podcast blog and their tv channel Dream365. Have a look online and on their Instagram page (@visitcalifornia) for more inspiration. Also check out Visit California’s own podcast, ‘California Now’, where listeners can learn more inspiring travel tips about California. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/podcast Thanks for listening and please make sure to rate and review on iTunes! *This a PAID PARTNERSHIP with Visit California* For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 18, 2019
My guest today is the brilliant Jameela Jamil ​who first ​burst on to the broadcast scene in 2008 as co-host of Channel 4’s Freshly Squeezed and T4. In 2013 she became the first female solo presenter of Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show​ and was an award-winning columnist too.​ In 2016 Jameela made her move to the US, where she was cast​ to​ ​play the role of Tahani on NBC’s THE GOOD PLACE. The show has won both an AFI Award​, ​a Critics Choice Award​ and even nominated for a Global Globe. In 2018 she launched a movement and social media platform called @i_Weigh which encourages people to feel empowered​, refuse to be shamed​ and be appreciated beyond the flesh on their bones. The movement has been recognised by both media outlets and has almost half a million followers on Instagram. It's growing rapidly and she is turning it into a company. Hope you enjoy this episode. I really love following Jameela online for her apologetic campaigning while also taking time to listen and learn from those around her. Do follow @i_Weigh on Instagram for more info - they've also just launched a brilliant new IGTV interview series with the first guest Sam Smith. See you next week! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 14, 2019
Steve Bartlett is the 26-year-old CEO of Social Chain Group - a global, social-first marketing agency and production house. He first built his business from his bedroom in Manchester after dropping out of university and he now runs the group’s two flagship companies - Social Chain and Media Chain which continue to grow, now with an office space of almost 300 people.​ He is also as a speaker, investor and hosts the podcast 'Diary Of A Ceo'. We chat about the influencer world,​ how marketing can shrink your soul, ​how to grow a business from scratch, what to do if your parents don't get what you do/ if your family don't support you, the problem with the 'you can do whatever you want" mentality, and why millennials are burning out. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 7, 2019
Vicki Turk is a senior editor at WIRED magazine, working across print and digital. She has just written a book called Digital Etiquette all about modern manners. It's described as 'an indispensable guide to minding our manners in a brave new online world.' In this episode we discuss how to email better; how our friendships have changed and the future of technology. Digital Etiquette is out now, published by Penguin, in all good bookshops. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
March 2, 2019
This episode with brilliant Aminatou Sow was recorded live with an audience at WNYC's The Greenespace event space in New York. This episode includes the recorded audience Q&A in which Aminatou explains what 'Shine Theory' is (and how she came up with it); why men don't seem to consume female podcast content, and why reading the Harvard Business Review is a feminist move. ICYMI: make sure you check out part one (episode #183) which is the FULL interview!
February 26, 2019
Thrilled to bring you today's guest, one of my favourite New York-based podcasters, Aminatou Sow! She is a true multi-hyphenate: a digital strategist, writer, influencer, co-host of wildly popular podcast 'Call Your Girlfriend' and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. She was recently named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in tech. This episode was recorded live at WNYC's The Greenespace in New York City! Huge thank you to the team at WNYC for making this happen: Clemency Burton-Hill, Cameron Thompkins, Chase Culpon and Jennifer Sendrow and everyone at New York Public Radio. I had such a brilliant evening! Part two will be uploaded soon, which includes the audience Q&A. What a special evening. We discuss tech, mental health, imposter syndrome and how we all need to get better at rooting for ourselves (and we should trust nobody.) Quotes from this episode that I love: - "The truth is, no one knows anything." - "Patriarchy is a scam. Whiteness is a scam." - "Everybody lies about being an expert." - "You should trust yourself more, and other people less." - "Your podcast doesn't need to be perfect." - "Young people are idiots. We live in a culture of 30 under 30, or 5 under 5 or whatever." - ​"​There is no shame, there is truly no shame in needing help.​"​ ​- "We've never at a president who's been open about mental health. you have the worst job in the world and you're telling me you don't get a little bit depressed?" - "I hope we can get to a point where the people who represent us in politics actually understand how technology works. They're still figuring out how to attach pictures to email, and the rest of us are getting eaten by robots." - "Instead of saying 'why does that person have that??' think 'how do I get that for myself?" For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 23, 2019
My guest today is Sara Tasker. Photographer, writer, business coach and author. She left her NHS day job six years ago to take a leap into the unknown to turn her passion for the Internet into a business. Now, three years on, she's been awarded runner up for Natwest’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and won Content of the Year in the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards in April 2018. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, Buzzfeed, Stylist Magazine, Mother & Baby and on BBC Radio 4. She has a podcast called Hashtag Authentic, and now she also has a book with the same name, out now, with so many incredible pieces of advice on how grow and build your own online platform with specific tips on Instagram. She lives in rural Yorkshire with her husband and her daughter, Orla. Her website (meandorla.co.uk) is her online journal; a record of thoughts, revelations, recipes, shopping lists and opinion pieces. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 19, 2019
Today's guest is the brilliant actor Felicity Jones, known for her previous roles in The Worst Witch, Spiderman 2, Rogue One and The Theory Of Everything which won her an Oscar nomination. Her newest role is playing the "Notorious RBG" Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex which is out now. As the Guardian said recently on RBG: "At 85, she remains one of the few progressive hopes on what’s set to become an increasingly Trumpian supreme court and after the documentary RBG was a surprise box office hit this summer, timing couldn’t be better for its narrative counterpart." Ginsburg was one of the few female lawyers at Harvard and her professors were awful and sexist to her. She worked so hard and then became one of only female justice on the Supreme Court and the gender-based laws she has changed means we can live the lives we do, so many parts were deeply moving: her relationship with her daughter, her supportive loving husband. She has spent her life fighting for social radical change and demanded laws be updated. I definitely want to try and channel even 0.1% of her levels of determination. The script was written by RBG's nephew Daniel Stiepleman and it was directed by Mimi Leder. I recommend you going to see it immediately! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 13, 2019
Today's guest is the brilliant actor and activist Ellen Page. She first acted age ten, and at 17, she was cast in the 2005 movie Hardy Candy. It won praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year." She has appeared in X-Men, the 2007 film Juno (in which she was nominated for an Oscar), Inception, and the amazing LGBT movie Freeheld, starring alongside Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, and many other films.  Ellen is now starring in the Netflix Original Series 'The Umbrella Academy'. The eccentric new series is set in 1989, where 43 women around the world suddenly find themselves 9-months pregnant and immediately give birth. The inexplicable phenomenon piques the interest of an eccentric, reclusive billionaire named Reginald Hargreeves, who sets out to adopt as many of these babies as possible. He ends up getting seven of them—seven children with extraordinary abilities who form a family of superheroes. THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY will be released globally on February 15th in the UK. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 10, 2019
Dolly Alderton returns to Ctrl Alt Delete, again! 2018 was quite the year for Dolly with the release of Everything I Know About Love, which stayed in the Sunday Times bestseller chart for 32 weeks. She also won the Specsavers National Book Award Autobiography of the Year Award was one of six authors shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award. Her book is out in paperback today (go buy it!), and she is celebrating the opening night of the launch with book tour, starting at the London Palladium, performing to an audience of more than 2000 people. It also sold out within 24 hours. She’s a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, and her own podcast The High Low and Love Stories continues to grow in popularity. Dolly has been on this podcast twice before and I am thrilled to have caught up with her again for this episode reflecting on her whirlwind year. We talk about how to carve out time to write; online dating; supporting other women and the crazy success of her book. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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