Roxhill Media x PIG

Autumn Brunch Club

Bringing PRs and the UK's top journalists together for a morning of insightful discussions, pitching and networking

When: 30th November 2023

Where: The PIG-at Bridge Place, Bourne Park Rd, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5BH

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Whats on the agenda?

At Roxhill, we know that nothing beats meeting journalists face-to-face, but if you’re based outside of London, it’s much harder to build connections. That’s why we’re committed to hosting events outside of the capital, to help link up local writers and local PRs, so you can get to know one another, but also bring London journalists out to meet you on your home turf. 

Why you need to be there

We welcomed 13 journalists, both from the local area and London, including Lizzie Frainier, Associate Travel Editor, The Times & Sunday Times; Richard Mellor, Travel Writer, The Times, Metro, The Mail on Sunday; James Stewart, Travel Writer, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent, Evening Standard; Annabelle Thorpe, The Times,The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, ELLE and The Telegraph and Gaby Le Breton, focuses on winter travel, The Telegraph, Financial Times and National Geographic. 

You get the chance to chat to them over brunch canapes, introduce yourself, tell them about your relevant clients, and, most importantly, learn more about them so next time you pitch, you can tailor your ideas to their requirements. Plus, once they’ve met you, you get that crucial inbox recognition that will hopefully lead to email opens, and then coverage.

THE PIG-at Bridge Place

The morning included brunch, a chance to network with and pitch to our journalists. At the end of the event, there was the chance to tour the hotel’s kitchen gardens. 

Lizzie Frainier 
Associate Travel Editor
The Times & Sunday Times

Currently Associate Travel Editor at The Times & Sunday Times, Lizzie was previously Deputy Head of Digital Lifestyle at The Telegraph where she also spent more than over four years on the travel desk.

James Stewart
Freelance Travel Writer

James is an award winning travel writer.  He writes for The Sunday Times, The Times, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Sydney Morning Herald, Robb Report, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Wanderlust, National Geographic Traveller, Condé Nast Traveller,  – the list goes on.

Richard Mellor 
Freelance Travel Writer

Regular outlets include Metro, The Times and The Mail on Sunday.  Richard also writes a weekly Roxhill column advising travel PRs and regularly undertakes copywriting, consulting or PR training masterclasses.

Gaby Le Breton
Freelance Travel Writer

Gaby continues to specialise in writing about winter travel, and skiing in particular, with her primary outlets at the moment including The Telegraph, Financial Times, National Geographic Traveller and Robb Report. 

Annabelle Thorpe
Freelance Travel Writer

Annabelle has spent almost twenty years globetrotting for a variety of titles, including the Times, the Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, Elle, the Express, BA High Life and The Telegraph.  Her specialisms are North Africa & the Middle East, the States and Europe.  And pockets of Asia.  

Marianne Jones
Former Editor                                                  The Telegraph Magazine

Marianne is a multi award-winning editor, writer, podcast host and brand consultant, with 30-plus years’ experience in women’s lifestyle media.  She is a regular writer for national newspapers and the co-host of weekly podcast: Been There, Done That, Got the Podcast, with Kat Farmer (consistently no2 in Apple News Entertainment podcast charts). 

John O’Ceallaigh
Freelance Travel Writer

John is a luxury-travel journalist and editor. Founder of luxury-travel consultancy and content agency Lute.  John continutes to travel write for the Telegraph, Evening Standard, National Geographic Traveller, Irish Independent and Travel + Leisure.

Andrew Eames
Freelance Travel Writer

Andrew is an experienced travel-writer spanning over four decades.  He actively contributes to some of the UK’s leading titles including the FT, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The i and the Express.  Andrew has also written five travel books.

Tiffany Brown
The Kent Review

The only glossy magazine that is distributed to every area of Kent, The Kent Review focuses on food, drink and hospitality across the region, and reports on events, new openings, local producers and exciting hospitality news.

Hettie Allison 
Muddy Stilettos Kent

A former PR manager, Hettie now works as commercial Director at Muddy Stilettos, the network of local lifestyle websites created by a team of national journalists and covering everything cultural from weekend escapes to the best local food and drink producers in counties across the UK. The website has built up a collective audience of 1.2m readers, and aims to help its audience get more from where they live. 

Adam Ready
Publisher/ Director
Inside Kent

InsideKent is an award-winning luxury lifestyle magazine covering the whole of Kent, featuring the county’s best events, fashion, dining, accommodation, businesses, travel, days out, entertainment, celebrities, interviews and more. Adam has been publisher there since 2009.

Gerry Warren
Senior Reporter
Kent Online \ Kentish Gazette

Chief reporter for the Kentish Gazette Series, Gerry Warren is a master at sniffing out stories that the people of Kent will be interested in reading about. He has worked for the publisher for the last 40 years covering everything from county shows to local historic sites and wildlife havens.

Phoebe Taplin
Freelance Travel Writer

Phoebe is a freelance journalist and writer contributing to Guardian Travel, Country Walking Magazine and a plethora of other titles.  She mainly writes about walking and car-free travel, exploring on foot and by bus, train, and boat.  She is also a feature writer for Good Journey.


The PIG-at Bridge Place
Bourne Park Rd, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5BH

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