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!


#69 Bryony Gordon: Mental Health & Marathons  

Bryony Gordon is a writer and columnist at the Telegraph and a Sunday Times bestselling author of two memoirs, The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl. The Wrong Knickers came out in 2014, a memoir of "hedonistic antics" during her single life and Mad Girl picked in the most recent Richard and Judy Book Club is an honest account of life living a mental illness specifically OCD. Last year, Bryony founded Mental Health Mates a regular meet-up for people with mental health issues, where they could walk and talk without fear of judgement. It’s grown hugely and is now situated in several locations around the UK and in America. We talk about how running has helped Bryony’s mental health, how she works and writes, what it means to have a book about mental health in mainstream book clubs, and why it’s OK to have bad days, weeks or years sometimes.

#68 with Lena Dunham: Dealing With Life Online & Offline  

I met Lena Dunham in 2014 when I interviewed her for an online magazine about her book and since then we’ve kept in touch. She has been a huge supportive influence, also having generously given me a quote for my book. She needs no introduction really but here it is. It is safe to say she is one of the most successful women in the biz right now. Lena Dunham is a Golden Globe winner, best known for writing, directing, producing and acting in Girls HBO. Her first big break was in 2010, when her film Tiny Future and won the South by Southwest Film Festival's best narrative feature award. In 2014 she released her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned which went on to be a New York Times Bestseller (no surprises there.) In 2015 she founded the online feminist Lenny Letter with her creative partner Jenni Konner. They have an advertising partnership with Hearst and they now have their own imprint at Penguin Random House. Her podcast Women of the Hour is also one of my favourites which you should definitely go and listen to. She is an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood and speaks honestly and openly about her struggles with endometriosis. It was an absolute treat getting to hang out with Lena on a fun sunny Friday morning in London in her hotel room. Love this episode.

#67 Alice Lowe (Filmmaker) - Recorded at The BFI with a live audience  

Alice Lowe is a director, actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles in the Garth Marenghi series and as the lead and co-writer of the 2012 film Sightseers. Her new film is out NOW (in UK and now America) called Prevenge, a comedy-slasher film about a pregnant woman seeking revenge. Alice appeared in the action comedy film Hot Fuzz, and took a lead role in the 2012 film Sightseers, the third production from director Ben Wheatley. Sightseers was written by Alice with Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump. Alice also had a role in the Edgar Wright-directed film The World’s End. We recorded this podcast at the BFI with a live audience which was so much fun. It’s a little longer than my usual episodes. We LOVED recording it with a crowd and thank you to the BFI for hosting Ctrl Alt Delete.

#66 Imrie Morgan: Building A Platform For Black British Millennials  

Imrie Morgan is the Co-Founder and CEO of the ShoutOut Network and the Co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. This podcast is one of the first UK podcasts to be made by and for black British women - it’s been covered by places like The Debrief and Refinery 29 and is expanding into live events and sponsorship with big brands. All the podcasts on the Shout Out next work are hosted by people from underrepresented backgrounds - it now has 5 podcasts on the roster, covering pop-culture, history, books, comedy, philosophy, theatre, film and music and it’s growing. The books podcast is called Mostly Lit and was one of iTunes best podcasts of 2016. I really love and respect what Imrie is doing and wanted to talk to her about how she founded the network, the power of podcasting, the challenges along the way and why it’s so important to have a platform and a voice online.

#65 Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere  

Today's episode is with Gilllian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel. Gillian is an actress, activist and writer, probably best known for her iconic roles in the X Files and The Fall. Jennifer is a qualified barrister who, after reporting for the BBC and Channel 4 News, became ITN’s Home Affairs Editor. She has also written a non-fiction book which was made into a channel 4 documentary and a novel called Pretty Thing. They’ve together written a book called WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. Gillian and Jennifer are two good friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, figuring stuff out, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying – WE is a not a big heavy theoretical read but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. It combines tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, to find a more fulfilling way of living life. It’s a really wonderful book which lots of advice that I feel the authors are passing on to their selves.

#64 Elan Mastai: Dystopian Worlds & Winging It  

Elan has worked in the film industry for years and is best known for writing the award-winning screenplay for What If? starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. All Our Wrong Todays is Elan’s debut novel and the film rights for the adaptation have been secured by Paramount and producer Amy Pascal (who produced the female Ghostbusters). Elan is currently writing the screenplay for film development. So the premise of the book? It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems – there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have access to a time machine? Something very stupid indeed. Want to know more - you'll have to buy the book.

#64 Elan Mastai: Dystopian Worlds & Winging It  

Elan has worked in the film industry for years and is best known for writing the award-winning screenplay for What If? starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. All Our Wrong Todays is Elan’s debut novel and the film rights for the adaptation have been secured by Paramount and producer Amy Pascal (who produced the female Ghostbusters). Elan is currently writing the screenplay for film development. So the premise of the book? It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems – there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have access to a time machine? Something very stupid indeed. Want to know more - you'll have to buy the book.

#63 Liv Purvis (Bonus Episode): Comparing and Despairing  

Liv is a popular YouTuber, blogger, Instagrammer and is currently nominated for a GLAMOUR Woman Of The Year Award. Her blog ‘What Olivia Did’ has grown into an outlet for everything from personal style, travel, food, music and beauty, as well as interviews with inspiring women who she admires. Mixing ethereal photography with her instinctive style and beautiful attention to detail. Olivia has recently collaborated with Lancôme at the Bafta’s, Boden, Miss Selfridge, Kate Spade, Estee Lauder to name a few and is represented by Storm Models. In this episode we talk about comparing ourselves to other people online and how to deal.

#62 Jess Phillips: On Speaking The Truth  

My guest today is Jess Phillips a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley in the 2015 general election. I don't quite where to start with Jess - she's an author, an equalities campaigner, a mum and a community activist --- and before being elected to Parliament, managed Women's Aid a charity supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Tom and her 2 young sons. Jess has dedicated her career to improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. In her time at the charity the services she has created with her colleagues have supported thousands of women and children and the prevention programme she devised has been delivered to over 5000 people. Jess's book is out now: Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth. The Guardian says "joyfully candid and very funny." J.K Rowling says:"Jess Phillips is a heroine". The book talks about growing up, careers, equality, violence against women, sisterhood, elections, motherhood, the Internet and it's already a bestseller.

#61 Tiffanie Darke: Generation X vs Millennials  

Tiffanie Darke is someone I've admired for years. She was the editor of Sunday Times Style for 12 years, then the creative content director at News UK. She has a new book that has just come out called "This is 40: whatever happened to Generation X", where she has interviewed some of the most iconic Gen X’ers such as Pearl Lowe, Richard Reed and Blur’s bassist Alex James to look at how Gen X live their life in between being young and old. She's also written two novels - her first novel, MARROW, was shortlisted for the WH Smith Fresh Talent award. In this episode we talk about the myth of "having it all", burn-out, the differences between Gen X and Millennials and how to go after the life you want.

#60 Grace Victory: On Building Confidence & Staying In Your Own Lane  

Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger, YouTuber and TV presenter and soon to be author. She was voted best YouTuber for Cosmopolitan Magazine and was awarded Most Inspiring Role Model by InStyle Magazine. Grace is an inspiration to thousands of young people around the world and hailed as the “most inspiring person on the net” and the “Internet's Big Sister”, being one of the only mainstream fashion and beauty bloggers to cover mental health issues. Last year Grace made her BBC 3 documentary debut called Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets. The documentary was one of the most watched shows on BBC Three Online, achieving over 1.5 million views. Grace's second documentary for BBC Three, The Cost of Cute: The Dark Side of The Puppy Trade is a hard hitting look at the designer dogs industry. Grace has exclusively presented London Fashion Week and has worked with brands including Clinique, L'Oreal, ASOS, Rimmel and New Look, the list goes on. She speaks about bullying, anxiety and body image and i respect her hugely and her debut book NO FILTER is out with Headline is out July 27th which you can now pre-order.

#59 Sian Clifford - Fleabag & Finding Calm  

Sian Clifford is an actress, producer, writer and founder of Still Space. Sian is probably most recently known for playing Claire in the wildly successful TV show Fleabag last year. Fleabag was endorsed by pretty much everyone - Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, Lena Dunham & The New York Times. She recently won the Hay House & Psychologies “New Wise Voice” competition which meant being published in Psychologies magazine and delivered a talk at the Hay House event “Ignite”. In this episode we spoke about Sian’s acting, the importance of meditation, how to get over an argument and ways you can be more still and present in your everyday life.

#58 Sophie Kinsella - A Not So Perfect Life  

Sophie Kinsella is an international bestselling author - she has sold 7 million copies of her books worldwide and is a household name after finding fame with her hugely popular Shopaholic series in 2000. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages and her Shopaholic novels were made into films starring Isla Fisher. Last year, she made her first foray into the YA world with Finding Audrey - which was chosen by Zoella in her WHSmith 2017 book club. Her new book, My Not So Perfect Life is about the way that social media makes us feel. The way we look at other people’s Instagram feeds and think ‘god, their life is perfect’ and comparing ourselves to others and have “perfect” role models on the other side of a computer screen. In this episode we talk about our addiction to social media, Sophie’s writing process, how to find and commit to new ideas and the temptation of online comparison.

Episode 57 with Scarlett Curtis: On Collaboration, Campaigning & Taking Action  

We talk about campaigning, collaboration and the influence of having parents who are very active in the charity space - the filmmaker Richard Curtis and script-writer Emma Freud - they play a big role in not-for-profit organisations such as Project Everyone and the Global Goals. Although they are many dark corners of the Intenet, we talk about the positives: how communities you create via Internet and blogging can help save your life. Scarlett has launched an initiative recently called Un-Idle Collective. They will be hosting meet ups to discuss political and personal issues affecting the world and this week was the first one, we discussed things such as intersectional feminism, the refugee crisis, sustainability, politics, working parents and lots more. It’s about doing something, however small, and about incorporating activism into your daily life.

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.

#54 Laura Dockrill (Poet & Author) - 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.

#53 Alice Tams (Illustrator) - 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.

#52 Estée Lalonde (YouTuber & Author) - 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.

#51 Meik Wiking (Best-selling Author): 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”.

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