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 Reidy is a writer, editor and campaigner who has worked across a range of media.

Padraig has written for publications from the Sun to the New Statesman, as well as ghostwriting for leading figures in the worlds of media, human rights and advocacy. His career in campaigning started at New Humanist magazine, where he was deputy editor, before moving on to become senior writer at Index on Censorship and then editorial director at 89up, where he oversees all our published output as well as editing Little Atoms, our acclaimed podcast, website and magazine.

“Everything I do is about helping ideas get the attention they deserve - whether that’s a fresh way of thinking about politics, a great scientific advance, a valued principle to be upheld, or an important piece of art. We’re here to celebrate and spotlight the people who do good.”

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
Free Breakfast Briefings

We’re rebooting our free breakfast briefing programme and inviting all charities and NGOs to our next series of themed events.

The first event will take place at 9.30am - 10.30am on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th September and is entitled ‘how to engage and work with influencers in the non-profit space’.

PR agency 89up expands by a third with new hires and client wins
Agency goes carbon neutral, using new agritech climate technology. New 2,500 ft offices a 'Mark of intention' as89up comes home to Clerkenwell. Team grows from 25 to 30 with senior hires from Oxfam, Portland and GMB.
Democratic values are nothing if they are not universal

On defending democracy in a new era

PR agency 89up expands with new hires and client wins across human rights, internet advocacy and third sector

Purpose-driven agency 89up has won a string of new accounts, including tech advocacy group Internet Society, Brevio, a revolutionary platform for funders and the third sector and Fair Trials, the global criminal justice watchd

How The Brexit Party won the UK’s online battle for the European elections

We analysed the performance of the UK’s political parties during the election campaign and, in doing so, uncovered greater detail about The Brexit Party’s social media strategy than has been previously reported anywhere else.

Download FULL Report HERE (pdf): How The Brexit Party won the UK’s online battle for the European elections

89up shortlisted for Campaigns for Good Awards' Agency of the Year

We're very excited that 89up is a finalist for Agency of the Year at the Campaigns for Good Awards! 89up was founded to help good causes do great things, so it's fantastic to be recognised by PR Week, Campaign and Third Sector for our approach to comms with a conscience.

F-Secure appoints 90up to manage UK consumer communications

Appointment expands 90up’s previous brief with Europe’s largest cybersecurity firm

89up named Boutique Agency of the Year at PRMoment awards

A note from 89up CEO Mike Harris