Live show with Smoke & Mirrors author Gemma Milne at The Boulevard Theatre Soho

Freelance Pod is back after a little break! It's now a monthly podcast, but everything else stays the same. Of course, until the Coronavirus Lockdown is over, it's going to be remote record all the way... 

So this episode is the live show from November 2019, when author Gemma Milne joined me onstage at the beautiful Boulevard Theatre in Soho, London. 

Gemma's book Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It is available for pre-order now, and is out on 23rd April. It comes in audio form too, narrated by Gemma herself. 

The non-fiction book takes a look at "bombastic headlines about science and technology," which "are nothing new," but this kind of hype can "be responsible for fundamentally misdirecting or even derailing crucial progress." It's the perfect book for the Age of Covid-19. 

Gemma joined me onstage to talk redundancy, branding yourself online, how her early years in advertising informs her work, how the internet has transformed reporting - and, of course, how she wrote a book.

Along the way, she drops loads of great advice for budding authors, freelancers and career-changers. Gemma's currently working on her second book, and she was called "inspirational" by more than one person in the audience that night. 

Enjoy the episode - hope you're staying very safe and well! 


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