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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!


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

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

#87 Matt Haig: Twitter, Time and Mental Health  

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

#86 Tavi Gevinson: Our Past Online Selves  

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

#85 Otegha Uwagba: On Building Your Own Brand  

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

#84 Chloe Brotheridge: Let's Talk About Anxiety  

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

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

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

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

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

#81 Juno Dawson: The Gender Games  

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

#80 Sali Hughes: Saying No & Keeping Your Integrity  

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

#79 Jen Sincero: Let's Talk About MONEY  

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

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

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

#77 Emily Reynolds: The Internet & Mental Health  

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

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

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

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

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

#74 Seth Godin: Educating Yourself & False Fear  

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

#73 Lilly Singh: How To Be A BAWSE  

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

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

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

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

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

#70 Melissa Hemsley: On Home-Cooking + Meditation  

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

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