CTRL, ALT, DELETE Podcast: #141 Charly Cox
Charly Cox is a 22-year-old writer, producer, poet and author of She Must Be Mad.
Her writing focuses on destigmatizing mental health and the coming-of-age of a young woman surviving the modern world. In January 2017, she published her first poem on Instagram, showing her internet followers her poetry for the first time; since then she’s been asked to be Virgin Radio’s poet in residence, she’s been published on Refinery29, hosted poetry nights to raise money and awareness for MQ Mental Health and been named by ELLE magazine as one of their 20 power players to watch out for in 2018. She Must Be Mad is Charly’s first book.
She Must be Mad explores coming-of-age: the pain and beauty of love, the relief and the agony of turning from girl to woman, the isolation of an untethered mind and the power and subjugation of the body.
We discuss writing, success, mental health, how as a poet, people might worry they are “fodder” for your work, the insanity of being alone for long periods of time when writing, crying for two weeks over book covers and the importance of the phrase “I have a mental illness but I have really good mental health”.
How I Grew Up Online
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