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 and the 2014, 2015,  2016 and 2017 parties saw more than 500 in total convene 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 people 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

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). Helen is a Mum to Ellie (8) and Macy (6) 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 18 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. 

Beth McDonald - Journalist & Publicity Manager

With over twenty years working on a range of national newspaper titles - including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Sun and Metro -  as an Editor, Beth has a wealth of experience from writing to commissioning to what does and doesn't make for a good PR campaign, as well as an extensive network of contacts. Now working as a freelance journalist she's very excited to be part of the team here at Literally PR and is looking forward to spreading the word about all the amazing books, products and clients that make up the Literally PR family. 

Favourite book: 'Being asked to pick your favourite book is a bit like being asked to pick your favourite child! At the moment though - and thanks to having two young children with a voracious appetite for bedtime stories -  we're all having a Roald Dahl moment so I'm going to say The BFG!'

Favourite food: 'Again so much food and so little time… I think a great Thai curry just edges it though.'

Favourite drink: 'Prosecco - but isn't that everybody's?!'