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!

Episodes

Episode 56 with Dolly Alderton: On Women We Admire & Not Believing Your Own Hype  

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

Episode 55 with Bridget Minamore: How Much Would It Cost To Delete Your Twitter Account?  

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

Episode 54 with Laura Dockrill: You Don’t Have To Be One Thing  

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

Episode 53 with Alice Tams: Birds, Hats & Potential Copycats  

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

Episode 52 with Estée Lalonde: Dealing With Stress & Practicing Self-Care  

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

Episode 51 with Meik Wiking: Living That Hygge Life  

Meik Wiking is the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well - he has swept up 60% of all hygge-book sales and it’s selling, on average, 800 copies a day. He is also the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world. He did a Ted Talk earlier this year called “The dark side of happiness”.

Episode 51 with Meik Wiking: Living That Hygge Life  

Meik Wiking is the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well - he has swept up 60% of all hygge-book sales and it’s selling, on average, 800 copies a day. He is also the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world. He did a Ted Talk earlier this year called “The dark side of happiness”.

Episode 50 with Alice Levine: On Dad-rotica & Food Porn  

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

Episode 49 with Zanna Van Dijk: Business, Body Confidence & Bullying  

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

Episode 49 with Zanna Van Dijk: Exercise, Instagram And Entrepreneurship  

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

Episode 48 with Nimco Ali on Protecting & Empowering Girls and Young Women  

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

Episode 47 with Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood: Talking About Modern Day Spirituality  

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

Episode 46 with Catherine Allen & Cherry Healey: Has Social Media Killed Good Conversation?  

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

Episode 45 with Lliana Bird: Social Media And The Refugee Crisis  

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

Episode 44 with Lliana Bird: How To Help During The Refugee Crisis  

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

Episode 44 with Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka: How To Parent The Sh*t Out Of Life  

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

Episode 43 with The Step Up Club: Discussing Work Life Balance & Mentorship  

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

Episode 42 with Miranda Sawyer: What's A Modern Midlife Crisis?  

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

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.

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