Little Atoms

Little Atoms is our award-winning magazine, online platform and podcast that for a decade has been a platform for leading writers from Brian Cox to Christopher Hitchens, Alain de Botton to Sarah Churchwell.

Online launched in January 2015 with a mission to bring intelligent, insightful and unusual stories to a wide audience. In two years, the site has featured leading writers including Samira Ahmed, Ece Temelkuran, Natalia Antonova, JP O’Malley and James Bloodworth, covering stories from the exploitation of Ireland’s Magdalene women by the global toy industry to Russia’s role in the rise of “fake news”.

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Little Atoms was one of the UK’s first podcasts, launching on 2005. Over the years, the programme has featured some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers, from Noam Chomsky to Hanya Yanagihara. Little Atoms is the official podcast of the Wellcome Book Prize. In 2015, the programme was shortlisted for the inaugural online radio awards.

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Little Atoms magazine launched in November 2015. Since then, the magazine has featured interviews and essays from the likes of Francis Spufford, Nick Cohen, Suzanne Moore, Fergal Keane, Molly Crabapple, Iona Craig and many more. The magazine won a Creativepool publishing award for its design in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Stack Awards Launch of the Year.

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Little Atoms Team



Padraig Reidy
Editorial Director

Padraig is a commentator and journalist with a decade’s experience of print and online media.

He has significant experience in strategic communications both online and also for television and radio. He has written and ghostwritten for The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Observer, The Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, and The Sun.

Padraig Reidy
Editorial Director



Neil Denny
Broadcast Editor

Neil Denny is the editor the Little Atoms Radio Show and podcast, in which capacity he has interviewed hundreds of people from astronauts to zoologists/

Little Atoms has been broadcasting interviews with leading writers from the worlds of science and the arts for 10 years.


Neil Denny
Broadcast Editor
Report to detail Kremlin interference in 2016 EU referendum

The first part of 89up's report - Putin’s Brexit? The influence of Kremlin media & bots during the 2016 UK EU referendum - has been reported in The Observer

Part two of 89up's report has been published in The Times.

89up working with international justice charity Fair Trials

International criminal justice organisation, Fair Trials has appointed 89up as its communication agency. The charity has offices in London, Brussels and Washington, D.C. and helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect the basic right to a fair trial and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems.

89up’s team is delighted to be involved in assisting Fair Trials into a new exciting phase of the organisation’s work with a global social and PR strategy to engage new audiences.

89up working with international human rights activists

CEO of 89up, Mike Harris stated, "we're delighted to be working with European NGO Civil Rights Defenders. Our profile across Europe as the go-to PR agency for NGOs, and Europe's biggest communications agency for non-profits, is expanding. This is such an important project which the entire team are delighted to be involved in."

89up appointed by Transparency International UK

Renowned anti-corruption charity, Transparency International UK has appointed 89up to undertake a redesign, refresh and web build of its main website and individual project sites.

TI-UK is the UK chapter of Transparency International, one of the world’s leading civil society actors that works to combat corruption in all its forms.

89up appointed communications agency for the Best for Britain campaign

89up was the sole communications agency for Best for Britain, a major national campaign and secured print coverage in every major national newspaper, international and national broadcast coverage and ghostwritten editorial across five major platforms.

The social media campaign had a reach of over 50 million people and led 300,000 people to visit the campaign website in a single week.

Human rights lawyers sign 89up letter published in The Observer

Over 50 of the UK's top lawyers have signed 89up's letter, calling for human rights protections to be included in any new UK-EU trade deal.

Open Rights Group award 89up PR and events contract

Open Rights Group chooses 89up for comprehensive PR, events and social media agency brief.

89up launches "bus to Brussels" to protect human rights during Brexit

89up is launching a campaign to persuade the EU to ensure any free trade deal with the UK contains guarantees that the UK remains a signatory to fundamental human rights protections. You can donate to the campaign here.