Ctrl Alt Delete

Ctrl Alt Delete

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Hi! Well, this exciting. Welcome to my brand new PODCAST Ctrl, Alt, Delete. Here you will find conversations with brilliant interesting guests who all have very unique stories to tell. My book (Ctrl Alt Delete, published by Ebury) tells my story of growing up online and now I want to ask other people to share their stories. At the heart of every conversation will be how the Internet and social media has changed our lives forever - and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Plug yourself in and listen to some inspiring conversations about friendship, feminism, #girlbosses, life, blogging, writing, books and more. Hope you enjoy!


Episode 41 with Lisa Owens: So What Do You Do?  

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

Episode 40 with Laura Bates: Do We Need An Internet Police?  

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

Episode 39 with Megan Gilbride: The Business of Blogging, Brands & Body Image  

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

Episode 38 with Cindy Gallop: Why You Should Work For Yourself & The Future Of Sex  

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

Episode 37 with Nikesh Shukla: On Writing, Race & Immigration  

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

Episode 36 with Mara Wilson: On Growing Up & Accidental Fame  

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

Episode 35 with Heather Havrilesky on Writing, Giving Advice & Not Being A “Guru”  

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

Episode 34 with Pandora Sykes: Instagram, Writing & Online Criticism  

Pandora is currently the fashion features editor and wardrobe mistress at the Sunday Times Style. She co-hosts the Pandolly Podcast that she hosts with fellow style columnist Dolly Alderton, every new episode goes live every Friday, love it, its been firmly in the Top 40 on iTunes for months and talks pop-culture and fashion. I really recommend subscribing to it! She is also the founder of the blog pandorasykes.com which is one of my firm favourites. She’s collaborated with brands on the blog too such as Chanel, Liberty London, Cartier and also collaborates with brands as a stylist too. We talk about how Instagram plays such an important role in the fashion industry and how you can have multiple things as part of your bigger career and how she fits it all in.

Episode 33 with Hannah Witton: On YouTube, Sex Education & Contraception  

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

Episode 32 with Cariad Lloyd: The Power of Improv  

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 31 (Part 1) with Cherry Healey Interviews Emma Gannon - Live Podcast Episode at Waterstones  

Cherry Healey interviewed me (Emma Gannon) for my first ever live podcast; she is someone who has inspired me over the years to be honest and brave through her work. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a while, so it was really awesome that she said “yes!” to be involved. I love her adventurous nature in her experimental TV shows and the fact that she’s just written her own book Letters To My Fanny which touches on subjects such as feminism, her body, sex, periods, orgasms – all the good stuff. Big thank you to Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and Marcus Hessenberg and Shola Aleje for her audio producing skills! And a massive thank you to everyone who came down, I had a brilliant time & hope you did too!

Episode 30 with Lucy Lendrem: On Managing The UK's Biggest Social Talent  

Lucy Lendrem started off as an account manager at Gleam Digital in 2013 which later turned into Gleam Futures (a social talent agency that manages the most influential social talent in the world.) She now heads up the UK talent as a group talent manager. She was recently on The Drum’s 50 under 30 which highlighted 50 of the most impressive digital pioneers shaking up the industry,

Episode 29 with Gemma Cairney: On Being Yourself And The Joy Of A Zig-Zag Career  

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

Episode 28 with Sheri Scott: On Sponsored Content & Running Your Own Business  

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

Episode 27 with Rosalind Jana: Talking Fashion, Body Image & Teenage Advice  

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

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

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

Episode 25 with Laurie Penny: On Freelancing, Online Life & The Power of Reading  

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

Episode 24 with Caroline Kepnes: On Writing Crime Fiction, Technology Addiction & Friendships  

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

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