DIARY: Colman Getty birthday attracts the literati to Portrait Gallery soiree

Despite the downturn leaving many in the industry feeling down at heel, the star-studded PR party is alive and well.

Last week saw the 15th anniversary shindig for Colman Getty, the agency founded during the 1980s boom by literary PRO Dotti Irving, the former PR director at Penguin books. The literati were out in force.

The party, in the National Portrait Gallery, saw CG clients Nigella 'Domestic Goddess' Lawson and creativity maestro Stephen Bayley rubbing shoulders with Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, Tory historian Andrew Roberts and novelist Sebastian Faulks.

CG was also celebrating a sponsorship deal for one of its clients - the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize - which has just secured a fresh round of cash from new channel BBC4.

Guests will have noticed one high-profile absentee: CG client and Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has risen to fame while on Irvine's books, was out of the country.

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