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I catch up with Cat & Dan and we discuss Cat's research on disability in publishing, as well as all things friction, especially related to accessibility and disability. We talk about CV gaps, how accommodating accommodations are, the way reasonable adjustments can make a huge difference to people, and how reducing friction can make things more accessible.Cat's TwitterDan's TwitterCat's report Access DeniedCat's piece in The Bookseller about the research findingsCat's piece on the disability networkDan's website Rogue InterrobangMoney and Mental Health Policy Institute's work on the disability income gap FIDO Alliance
I chat with the marvellous Professor Gloria Mark and Tyler Shores all about the idea of digital wellbeing. We take a dive into the world of digital shorthand, how emotions can be contagious over digital media and the effects that task switching has on the brain. Tyler chats about how multitasking and busyness can be seen as a sort of badge of honour and why that is problematic, and we end up with a fun discussion on the value of boredom and what we all do with our browser tabs.Gloria's websiteTyler's websiteThings mentioned in the episode:The Zeigarnik Effect (handy little article on this)Browser tab parking (handy little study)BBC values based wellbeing frameworkThe Now Habit by Neil Fiore Tabs by Ohm-I
I chat with Tinker Secor former US Marine and penetration tester in information security and current security tester in Industrial Control Systems and Operational Technology. We chat about the role infosec has and it's importance as well as the pressure the work puts on staff. Tinker discusses his experience of severe burnout that lead to an FND diagnosis and how important it is for management to take care of staff. We finish up with a brief chat about how security and safety are becoming intrinsically linked in the worl of OT and how online security is an ever changing set of goalposts that many people work very hard to keep up with.This is a great journey through the perils of burnout and trying to push through it as well as a dive into the hidden world of infosec - something we all brush up against on a daily basis without realising.Tinker Secor on TwitterMalware Tech on TwitterMalware Tech blogDallas Hackers AssociationDallas Hackers Association TwitterMental Health Hackers
I chat with Head of HR at the award winning games developer Creative Assembly, Sarah Howell, alongside Sarah and Rosie from Safe in Our World, a videogames specific mental health charity.We discuss the importance of wellbeing in an industry that is rife with burnout and crunch, what support is available both at CA and SIOW, the difficulty of working from home and how to move forward with flexible working conditions, and we finish up with a great discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry and what CA do to help improve this area and be the change we want to see.Creative Assembly Legacy ProjectSafe in Our WorldBlack Girl GamersAutisticaPOC in Play
I have the great honour this week of interviewing a podcasting legend, Jordan Harbinger. On The Jordan Harbinger Show, Jordan deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies, perspectives, and practical insights with the rest of us. He has hosted a Top 50 iTunes podcast for over 14 years and receives over eleven million downloads per month, making The Jordan Harbinger Show one of the most popular podcasts in the world.  Huge thanks to Jen Harbinger for helping to schedule this in across very different timezones! We talk about why his show has worksheets and how unexpectedly popular they are, why it's important to cover the difficult and gross topics that are happening in the world, Jordan's strong belief in exposing cults and scams and how you can support friends and family who are trapped in them. We also spend time discussing his Feedback Friday episodes and the amount of research that goes into the responses and how vital that is in order to help people with very niche problems. Lastly we talk about how hard it can be to restart in business from scratch and how looking at those around you who support you and realising what you have done so far can help you to dive back in and start again.The Jordan Harbinger ShowEpisodes mentioned:David Kilgour - The Heartless Art of Forced Organ HarvestingFrank Bourassa - The World's Greatest Counterfeiter Part OneRutger Bregman - Humankind: A Hopeful HistoryFeedback FridaysPsychopath after your sonChased by a European gangster
This episode introduces UCL's new MASc (Master of Arts and Science) in Creative Health.  I chat with The Rt Hon. Lord Alan Howarth of Newport CBE and Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE who have spent many years working and researching in the area of Creative Health. We discuss what Creative Health is, how it can help people, and what the new Masters degree will cover.Links to everything mentioned in this episodeUCL MASc in Creative Health National Centre for Creative HealthAll-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing - Creative Health:The Arts for Health and WellbeingArtliftNational Academy for Social PrescribingCreative FamiliesStaying Well Project
With me today are UCL's Dean of Arts and Humanities, Stella Bruzzi, and the Dean of Social and Historical Sciences, Sasha Roseneil.We talk about the difficulties of balancing work and life, how research fits into the role of a Dean, the effects of the pandemic on academic life and research, and the joy of being allowed to go out swimming again. We also talk about Pebbles the Warwick campus cat, Indiana Bones UCL's Archaeology therapy dog and how all departments should have a pet. Sasha talks about her lovely dog, and Stella talks about her two lockdown kittens. We discuss plans for returning to physical university and how important having a holiday is, especially this year.This is an enlightening and fun episode that hopes to give insight into the inner workings of being a university Dean in a time of great change.
A brilliant episode in which myself, Cat Mitchell, and Dan Holloway discuss the role of accessibility in the workplace, how those with disabilities should be included in decision making processes for accesibility, and how the pandemic has affected the accessibility of the workplace. We also chat about our worries of the disabled community being left behind as the country leaves lockdown, and how accessibility needs to be incorporated into many more things including job applications and workplace culture.We encourage you to engage with us on Twitter about the ideas in insights discussed in the podcast and look forward to hearing from you!Link to Cat Mitchell's TwitterLink to Dan Holloway's TwitterLink to Rebecca's TwitterLink to Shelf Healing's Twitter 
I have a lovely catch up with one of my lovely old colleagues from Sony Mobile in Sweden, Gabriella Bergstedt. We chat about the joy of fika and what it entails. The differences between working in Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland, and how important it is to have certain types of policies and workplace attitudes to create a productive welcoming environment.We go over Sweden's parental leave policy and what it means for parents, how well rounded the work benefits are, the wonderful ergonomics accommodations as standard, and how well structured Swedish companies are for encouraging employees back to the workplace after sick leave.It's a great episode and one that raises some very important points about companies taking care of employees as standard.
I get the chance to chat with Dave Player, founder of Team BRIT and KartForce, and Andy Tucker, one of Team BRIT's racing drivers all about the motosport team and the role of disability.Team BRIT is a competitive motor racing team consisting of disabled drivers. They are a competitive racing team, not a charity, and they race against teams of able-bodied drivers on a totally level playing field — something that no other sport can offer. They aim to make racing history and take a team to the world famous Le Mans 24hr endurance race, becoming the first ever British all-disabled team to do so.We talk about how Team BRIT has pioneered accessible driving control that suit all of their drivers and their varying levels of disability. We also chat about the role the team has played in helping many of their drivers to rediscover themselves after injuries, become better at managing their disabilities, and how many past members have gone on to achieve great things after being part of the Team BRIT family. We visit the current and past cars Team BRIT race in and have an exciting bit of news about their upcoming season.This episode highlights Team BRIT's vision to support, inspire and motivate people facing physical and psychological challenges by demonstrating what can be achieved through motorsport.If you'd like more information about Dave, Andy, and Team BRIT, check out:Team BRIT's website Team BRIT's twitter
David Fox of MOXI Health and Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown join me to discuss physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace. We talk about what wellbeing is and how to define it and why it's important to be self aware of our physical and emotional states. understand the consequences of stress and poor wellbeing. We discuss stress, it's effects, and the addictive nature of the fight or flight response.  We also talk about the importance of sick days and how stress and low wellbeing can be contagious. All in all this is an excellent panel on the importance of good wellbeing in life and in the workplace. We need functioning people who feel good in order to have good wellbeing.David Fox is a physiotherapist and Founder and CEO of MOXI Health.Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown is Professor of Public Health at Warwick University.Things from the episode:MOXI HealthCatalyst PhysioWEBWMS (The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scales)Professor Sarah Stewart-BrownDavid FoxStressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress  by Heidi Hanna 
Our first Work & Life episode sees me chatting with Michael Chivers about his global journey in HR. How Michael learned to ask 'how can we help?' and focused in on the importance of caring for employees as an HR Director for companies such as Sony and Maersk. We also discuss the difficulties of funding performance by results and the ways in which human wellbeing can be lost in a results driven business model.
Trailer for the new Work & Life wellbing podcast from UCL 
Orna Ross Interview

Orna Ross Interview


I chat with author Orna Ross about writing, poetry, and starting the Alliance of Independent Authors.We get drawn into the power of Buddhist poetry and the joy of reading about murders. Orna shares her thoughts on why guilt has no place in reading, no matter what the genre is. Orna's websiteOrna's TwitterThings mentioned in the podcast:Poldark series by Winston GrahamThích Nhất HạnhWB YeatsMiddlemarch by George EliotGeorge EliotWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I chat with fabulous Canadian author Susin Nielsen about her new book, writing for TV and how it differs to writing for children, and why she returns again and again to middle grade fiction. We also discuss the difference in showing internal thoughts in novels and on TV and how powerful and influencing children's books can be on our lives.Susin's websiteSusin's TwitterThings mentioned in the episode:Tremendous Things by Susin NielsenFamily Law - tv seriesWord Nerd by Susin NielsenDavid SedarisA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesHarriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue TownsendElmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKeeGirl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoMargaret Atwood
I chat with children's author Rashmi Sirdeshpande about her favourite books, her discovery of narrative poetry, beautiful books, and what gives her inspiration for her own writing.Rashmi writes non-fiction books for children to inspire them and also be fun.We chat about Rashmi's giant fact checking tables and how she found writing her first fiction book. Rashmi's non-fiction often covers important and heavy issues and we discuss how difficult this can be to write as well as to keep hopeful for the children reading it.Rashmi's websiteRashmi's TwitterThings mentioned in the episode:Lucy CuthewManjeet MannElizabeth AcevedoBlood Moon by Lucy CuthewBeowulfSir Gawain and the Green KnightMichelle HarrisonCloud Busting by Malorie BlackmanDom ConlonThis Rock That Rock by Dom Conlon & Viviane SchwarzRikin ParekhThis Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry, illustrated by Rikin ParekhCash by Rashmi SirdeshpandeNever Show a T-Rex a Book by Rashmi SirdeshpandeNever Teach a Stegasaurus to do Sums by Rashmi Sirdeshpande Diane Ewen Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women's Strength by Poorna Bell
Carly Heath Interview

Carly Heath Interview


I got the chance to chat with debut author Carly Heath all about her new book The Reckless Kind and the importance of representation in YA literature. There are lots of horses alongside the disability and LGBTQ+ storyline so of course we went on a magical journey discussing writing horses in literature and the joys and perils of carriage driving!Carly's TwitterCarly's website Things mentioned in the episode:The Reckless Kind by Carly HeathBecky AlbertalliThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Cerce by Madeline Miller House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ KluneDaughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’NeilHappy Times in Norway by Sigrid Undset
Content warning: we talk about mental illness, chronic illness, and suicide.I chat to prolific and award winning author Marcus Sedgwick all about his writing process, the therapuetic effects of writing, and how important reading can be for mental wellbeing.We also discuss Marcus' research into illness and writers and how illness has affected his writing practice, alongside his as yet unpublished book on chronic illness.Marcus' TwitterMarcus' websiteMarcus' booksThings mentioned in the episode:Midwinter Blood by Marcus SedgwickFloodland  by Marcus SedgwickMy Swordhand is Swinging  by Marcus SedgwickThe Foreshadowing  by Marcus SedgwickThe Dark Flight Down  by Marcus SedgwickThe Book of Dead Days  by Marcus SedgwickDavid Almond The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann Death in Venice by Thomas Mann Johann Wolfgang von GoetheSaint Death  by Marcus SedgwickAll in Your Head  by Marcus SedgwickThis is Going to Hurt by Adam KaySylvia PlathVirginia WoolfOn Being Ill by Virginia WoolfSigmund Freud Carl Jung Black Beauty by Anna SewellUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher StoweThe Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction by Frank Kermode
Tom Gauld Interview

Tom Gauld Interview


This week I chat with cartoonist, illustrator and writer Tom Gauld all about drawing, writing, and creating witty comics. We also chat about his new book The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess which he wrote and illustrated. An interesting insight into the mind of a very busy creator!Tom's TwitterTom's websiteTom's new bookThings mentioned in the episode:Amphigorey by  Edward Gorey PG Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster  TV show The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey Grimm's Fairy-Tales The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage by the Brothers Grimm
Henry Eliot Interview

Henry Eliot Interview


This week UCL's Vice Dean of Wellbeing, Professor Samantha Rayner, chats with Henry Eliot, Creative Editor of Penguin Classics, about his new book. They meander through literary landscapes, how the time of year affects how we perceive stories, why we reach for classics, the wellbeing effects of walking and reading, and how one goes about creating compendium and companion books.Henry's TwitterProf Rayner's TwitterHenry's new book The Penguin Modern Classics BookHenry's previous book The Penguin Classics BookHint from Samantha that these make fabulous gifts for book lovers!Things mentioned in the episode:The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerWilliam MorrisLe Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas MalloryPG WodehouseFinnegans Wake by James JoyceTess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas HardyIain SinclairThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence SterneCharles DickensWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyDavid Copperfield by Charles DickensThe Small Hand by Susan HillThe Penguin Modern Classics Book by Henry EliotCrossing the Mangrove by Maryse CondéSecond Class Citizen by Buchi EmechetaThe Salt Eaters by Toni Cade BambaraThe Penguin Classics Book by Henry EliotSeason of Migration to the North by Tayeb SalihHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Second Sex by Simone de BeauvoirThe Feminine Mystique by Betty FriedanWomen, Race and Class by Angela Y. DavisThe Book of Disquiet by Bernardo SoaresÁgua Viva (The Stream of Life) by Clarice LispectorAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollGulliver's Travels by Jonathan SwiftSelected Poems of TS EliotThe Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John MandevilleErnest HemingwayGraham GreenIvy Compton-BurnettColetteJD SalingerThe Tartar Steppe by Dino BuzzatiFranz KafkaSamuel BeckettLocos by Felipe Alfau
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