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Emma Draude, Founder & Managing Director

Emma is a multi-award-winning publicist who has worked in the industry for over 25 years.

She has worked on campaigns for a host of high-profile bestselling names including Philip Pullman, Lemn Sissay, Matt Lucas, Nadiya Hussain, Peter Kay, Angie Thomas, Dorothy Koomson, Stacey Dooley, Lesley Pearse, Michelle Paver, Juno Dawson and Jason Reynolds. Emma’s passion for the life-changing impact of reading and access to books for all led her to found EDPR in 2010.

Emma is actively involved across all accounts for the agency and her recent campaign award nominations include a Publisher's Publicity Circle shortlisting for My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay and a British Book Award Campaign of the Year win for her work on The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas.

Emma Draude, Founder & Managing Director
Shona Abhyankar, Associate Director

Shona Abhyankar, Associate Director

Shona worked as a bookseller and literary agent in the UK and Australia before entering the world of book PR.

She has been in the industry for 25 years, working for most of the major houses across adult, YA and children’s titles and has worked on campaigns for books including global bestseller Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (for which she won a Publishers Publicity Circle award), Thrive by Arianna Huffington, Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal, Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg PhD and winner of this year's Orwell Prize, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy MBE.

Shona’s PR campaign for Elmer’s 30th Anniversary won Best Generic Campaign at the 2019 PPC Annual Awards.

Shona is a mentor for the Publisher’s Publicity Circle and a co-founder of the Primadonna Festival.

Emma Dowson, Account Director

Emma Dowson started her career at Transworld and has worked in the industry for more than 20 years.

She has created campaigns for many bestsellers including Terry Pratchett, Cathy Kelly, Veronica Henry and crime writers Denise Mina and Elizabeth Haynes.

Her non-fiction highlights include campaigns for Bill Bryson, Bradley Wiggins, Keith Lemon, Joe Jackson and Richard Hammond.

Recent campaigns include the award winning How to be Autistic and the landmark anthology New Daughters of Africa. She has also directed the Wimbledon Book Festival PR for the last 5 years.

Emma Dowson, Account Director
Annabelle Wright, Campaigns Manager

Annabelle Wright, Campaigns Manager

Annabelle works across a wide range of titles and campaigns at EDPR, shadowing Emma on high profile authors such as Angie Thomas, Lemn Sissay, Milly Johnson, Stacey Dooley, and Jason Reynolds.

She regularly works with inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of, including the recent campaign for Elle McNicoll’s debut A Kind of Spark.

An avid user of her local library, Annabelle is an advocate of community resources and the power of literacy. She also has experience working across events and awards, such as the BBC National Short Story Award and the Comedy Women in Print Prize, and is on the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Committee.

Megan Denholm, Publicity Assistant

Megan joined EDPR in 2019 and provides support across all campaigns while also producing content for our social channels.

Since joining the team, she has worked on numerous campaigns encouraging engagement with online blog communities and sourcing support from influencers.

Megan is particularly passionate about championing children’s literature and the formative power of books.

Megan Denholm, Publicity Assistant
Ernie, Brand Ambassador

Ernie, Brand Ambassador

Ernie has been part of the EDPR family for 8 years.

As well as offering stress-relief and lots of cuddles, he is a real team-player and brings everyone together via his need for constant attention!

We love him!

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