About Literally PR

Literally PR officially sprung to life in July 2013 at the Literally London Summer Media Party, after a year of getting set up and building a fabulous network of trusted friends and colleagues. A fabulous evening was had by the 100+ guests including national newspaper journalists, literary agents, leading publishers, self-published authors, food producers, chefs, bloggers, wannabe writers and many of our talented clients. It set the tone of things to come...

The Summer Media Parties are now an annual event with 1000+ attending over the years, to share a mutual love of books, drinks and food! 

Literally PR Limited is the culmination of many years of hard graft by Director Helen Lewis, who created a book PR business (in 2012) and www.foodanddrinktowers.com in 2006. Literally PR brings the book PR division together with the food&drink PR expertise and clients from food&drink towers under one umbrella. Since inception, Helen Lewis has been joined by an amazing team of freelancers who work so hard and are incredibly loyal and supportive, not just to Helen, but all the clients. The dream of creating a trusted PR brand, which helps and supports their clients has happening. Helen Lewis is also the co-founder of The Author School and Hashtag Press with A. Bello. 

Literally PR: Book PR, Drinks PR, Food PR, Business PR

Helen Lewis - Director

Helen Lewis - Director of Literally PR, Co-Founder of The Author School and Hashtag Press

Back in 2004, Helen Lewis left a full-time role at Reuters to pursue a freelance journalist career; by 2006 she had founded www.foodanddrinktowers.com, a hub connecting food and drink PRs, brands, retailers, producers, chefs and journalists. Inspired by the amazing start-up brands she was interviewing for her foodie features, Helen gained a PR qualification and began a PR business - first in food and drink, then moving into food books and finally, in 2012, officially opened the doors to Literally PR bringing together the food, drink, book and business PR divisions under one umbrella. Helen is an award-winning entrepreneur (Inspired Achievement Award, Kent Women in Business, January 2017) and has been a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award two years running (2015 and 2016). She's also the co-founder (with YA author A. Bello) of The Author School (founded 2015) and Hashtag Press (2017). Literally PR was named 'Most Outstanding Boutique Publicity & Marketing Agency 2018' by SME News.

Helen is a Mum to Ellie and Macy, and is passionate about inspiring girls and women to make their dreams a reality through hard work and passion. 

For more information about Helen Lewis, the founder of Literally PR, or any of the freelance gurus we work with on a regular basis, please get in touch at helenlewis@literallypr.com

More about Helen Lewis: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/helen-lewis/18/bb1/498

Diana Ashlee - PR & Marketing Manager

Diana has more than 20 years experience in the marketing profession and prior to that, a career in the media sales industry. She has worked for various media owners particularly in radio and press, then went into the travel industry where her interest in marketing was sparked.

Diana's marketing experience has focused on working for blue-chip company P&O Ferries across various areas of marketing  for the UK and Europe, such as brand proposition, PR, customer retention and acquisition, sales promotions, commercial strategy, media buying, agency management and budget delivery.

Diana is highly self-motivated and professional in everything she does, as well as being enthusiastic and bubbly, a must for any good PR person. She has very strong communication, negotiating and networking skills that will bring huge benefits to our clients. Diana had a career break to have her two children and has freelanced on and off during the past four years, she is now keen to build on her freelance career and looks forward to working with Literally PR and our clients.

"I am very exited about joining the team here at Literally PR. I enjoy nothing more than a good read with an excellent bottle of wine and some delicious cheese on the side so I couldn't have chosen a better place to work than here!" 

Favourite Books: The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) and Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
Favourite Foods: Tapas and Italian Food
Favourite Drinks: Wine and Champagne

Becky Smith - New Business Manager

Becky Smith, Qualified Certified Accountant (FCCA) after training with top accountancy and consultancy practice firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. I have used my accounting skills in various roles in the public sector, imperial college London, charity banking, food industry and lately the training industry. 

I've taken a break from full time work since having my two children and am very excited to be involved in this innovative and forward thinking company. 

I will be helping Helen and the team in the administration of new signings and day to day operations. I look forward to working with Literally PR's ever growing set of clients. 

Favourite books - I love a wide range of books from Harry Potter to Girl on a train to 10 reasons to be alive. The escapism that books bring are a welcome release.

Favourite food - cake!!! I'm a keen baker who likes to make cakes for all my family and friends. A recent spanner in the works has meant that I'm now looking to develop my skills in gluten free baking. Not an easy avenue to take. 

Natalie Trice - PR Account Manager

From media parties on Red Square to animal antics at London Zoo, Natalie has worked her creative magic for Adobe, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel, Epson, and many, many more organisations over the past two decades.

Now living by the sea in Devon, Natalie works with a range of clients on a whole host of projects, but as an author herself, her passion lies in promoting writers and their books. She loves writing press releases and putting the pieces of the puzzle together when it comes to a book launch.

With a wicked eye for a story, it is second nature for Natalie to jump on the news agenda and make it work for her clients, and at times, herself.Determined and committed, with the ability to effectively negotiate and influence, Natalie consistently delivers outstanding results and has built solid relationships with the media as well as key influencers, who know her well and trust her to go above and beyond expectations.

When she isn’t at work, Natalie can be found on the beach with her sons and their dog, Dotty, and recently discovered surfing. As a shoe lover, she is rather partial to a little retail therapy, oh and she has a charity too.

Favourite Books: The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) and Oi Frog! (Kes Gray)

Favourite Foods: Toast and peanut butter with a side of Kettle Chips.

Favourite Drinks: Coffee and vodka, but not together.

Francesca Baker - PR Account Manager

Francesca Baker is a word lover. A writer and marketer with over ten years experience, she works with individuals and organisations to get their brand out there and spread the word about their work. Her skillset and experience are varied - covering copywriting, journalism, marketing, research and PR - but always centred around communication and creating a connection. Basically, she's a storyteller. 

As well as writing and reading, Francesca is a big fan of exploring new places, music and gigs, and travelling. She dabbles in a bit of creativity and this year has tried everything from swing dancing to life drawing by way of open mic events and amateur dramatics.