About Literally PR

LitPR has worked on more than 400 campaigns and is now in its 10th year of business... and what a decade it has been! We've seen the rise of indie publishing, audiobooks and ebooks sales shoot through the roof, and of course, a global pandemic. Year after year, we are passionate about spreading the word about the latest must-read book - from horror to cookery, YA fiction to self-help, we've seen it all! Built on the 20+ years experience of NCTJ-qualified journalist, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, fully-trained PR expert Helen Lewis, LitPR is a team of hard-working, friendly, creative individuals bringing a combination of more than 100 years experience to every unique campaign.

Helen Lewis is also the co-founder of The Author School, The Diverse Book Awards, Ink! Publishing Services and Hashtag Press with A. Bello. A publishing entrepreneur with extensive experience of working in - and with - the media, with insider insights into the workings of the publishing world. LitPR understands the need to elevate brilliant books above the noise, and knows that each book and author deserves a bespoke service and strategy. 

Helen Lewis - Director & Founder

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). Literally PR was named 'Most Outstanding Boutique Publicity & Marketing Agency 2018' by SME News, 'Leading Boutique PR & Marketing Agency in the UK 2020 - SME News' and 'Best Publishing PR Agency 2020 - UK' in the Southern Enterprise Awards. In 2021, we have won 'Publishing PR Agency of the Year' in the Innovation & Excellence Awards. 

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. 

helenlewis@literallypr.com

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 freelanced on and off during this time, she is now very established in her freelance career and loves working with us at Literally PR and our clients.

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

dianaashlee@literallypr.com


Rachel Knight - Social Media PR Manager 

Rachel specialises in supporting our clients with their social media activity as part of their PR campaigns - this could be by auditing your existing social media accounts and providing tips and advice on next steps, providing 1-2-1 advice and support through a PowerHour, putting together a social media strategy for you or actually running your social media channels for a set period of time.

Rachel graduated from the Digital Mums Advanced Diploma in Strategic Social Media Marketing in March 2019. She has subsequently worked with a number of small business and individuals to support them with their social media. This is through a combination of training, consultancy and management of their social channels.

Prior to specialising in social media Rachel spent over 10 years working in media relations, public affairs, stakeholder relations, events and publications in a range of health-related organisations.

rachelknight@literallypr.com

 

Kate Dalrymple - Social Media Manager

What is your favourite book of all time?

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks. I remember devouring this for the first time whilst travelling around Mexico with a friend.

What was your favourite book as a child?

The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton. She may be controversial now but I love how her fantastical storylines have captured children's imaginations for decades.

Which TV series is top of your binge-watch pile?

My husband and I have watched The West Wing series over and over again.

Who is your fave author?

Impossible to pick one! I have a good friend called Ali Carter who writes murder mysteries so I always support her.

Where do you buy your books?

Waterstones is always easy but I try to pop into any I see.

What's your ultimate snack and drink to enjoy while reading?

Cup of tea and a chocolate Hob Nob biscuit would be pretty good!

If you could invite three people over for a dinner party next weekend, who would they be?

My grandmother who died just before my wedding, Robin Williams to make us laugh and Mary Berry to help with the cooking. 

Tell us something about you that people probably don't know...

I am an extremely enthusiastic dancer..

Side note: This does not mean talented!

katedalrymple@literallypr.com

 

Kay Kett - PA to Helen Lewis & Admin Manager

What is your favourite book of all time?

I can't choose just one! I love thrillers...

What was your favourite book as a child?

Follyfoot - it was also a television series. I alo loved Enid Blyton and Ladybird books!

Which TV series is top of your binge-watch pile?

Riviera is next on my list to watch!

Who is your fave author?

Solomon Carter

Where do you buy your books? 

I like to shop second hand for books so at boot fairs and charity shops. 

What's your ultimate snack and drink to enjoy while reading?

Crisps/chocolate, wine or gin, and coffee.

If you could invite three people over for a dinner party next weekend, who would they be?

Husband, mum and if I had a time travelling machine, George Michael.

Tell us something about you that people probably don't know...

I have a mad dog called Ron, I've been married to Tony for 30 years and have two teenage boys. 

kaykett@literallypr.com

 

Hollie McDevitt - Publicity Assistant

What is your favourite book of all time?

Without a doubt, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – I first read it three years ago now, and nothing has topped it since!

What was your favourite book as a child?

There are WAY too many, but probably the Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans, the illustrations are so beautiful, and these books are just so nostalgic to me! I definitely also had a soft-spot for the Mr. Men books…

Which TV series is top of your binge-watch pile?

I love any kind of crime drama or thriller, and one that I’m really looking forward to watching currently is The Serpent - I’ve heard amazing things about it! I also love any sort of crime or police drama on BBC, as soon as something new comes out, I binge-watch it INCREDIBLY quickly! 

Who is your fave author?

My taste in books and authors varies so much depending on the mood! For example, at university, I loved studying writers and poets from the Romantic period, as well as authors like Jean Rhys and Virginia Woolf, but I also love getting stuck into novels by more contemporary writers, such as Bernadine Evaristo, Gillian Flynn, or Liane Moriarty. Though of all time, my favourite would be Oscar Wilde, without a doubt.

Where do you buy your books? 

I buy a lot of my books in charity shops, as I love the excitement of wondering what I might find! Though my favourite place to buy books is Persephone Books, which is an amazing, unique bookshop and publisher that reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction titles from the mid-twentieth century, mostly by women writers. I can’t wait to visit next and stock up on some (probably a lot) of their brilliant titles.

What's your ultimate snack and drink to enjoy while reading?

For me, there’s nothing more relaxing and ideal than curling up with an amazing book, a huge cup of tea, and a delicious bar of chocolate. Heavenly!

If you could invite three people over for a dinner party next weekend, who would they be?

Michelle Obama, The Queen, and The Dalai Lama. This would be an interesting dinner party…

Tell us something about you that people probably don't know...

Something that people probably don’t know about me is that I love to cook! I used to live in Italy, and have also travelled a lot around the world over the years, where I have eaten some incredible food. I love recreating (not always successfully!) these dishes at home, as well as learning new recipes.

holliemcdevitt@literallypr.com

 

Maleeha Mir - Publicity Assistant

What is your favourite book of all time?

My favourite book of all time has to be ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury.

What was your favourite book as a child?

My favourite book while growing up was ‘East of Midnight’ by Tanith Lee.

Which TV series is top of your binge-watch pile?

Without a shadow of a doubt, my top three TV series to binge watch are ‘Prison Break’, ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’.

Who is your fave author?

This is a difficult one – I have so many authors that inspire me every day with their writing, that it’s hard to pick a favourite. So, I’ll have to share my top 5: Tomi Adeyemi, James Pattinson, Jason Reynolds, Sabaa Tahir and Michael Monpurgo. 

Where do you buy your books? 

I love buying my books from London’s many indie bookshops, but my favourite store has to be ‘Words On The Water’ in Kings Cross.

What's your ultimate snack and drink to enjoy while reading?

My ultimate snack and drink combo while reading is a pack of M&S brownies and a hot chocolate!

If you could invite three people over for a dinner party next weekend, who would they be?

If I could invite three people over for a dinner party – they’d have to be my three closest friends growing up. I could never tire of their company!

Tell us something about you that people probably don't know...

I have a slight dessert addiction… I would never go to a restaurant that didn’t have a good dessert menu. 

maleehamir@literallypr.com

 

Kate Gibbs - Publicity Assistant

What is your favourite book of all time?

Emma, Jane Austen

What was your favourite book as a child?

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C.S Lewis or The Faraway Tree Enid Blyton

Which TV series is top of your binge-watch pile?

Peaky Blinders

Who is your fave author?

Dan Brown

Where do you buy your books? 

Locally where possible!

What's your ultimate snack and drink to enjoy while reading?

Rocky Road and a cup of tea!

If you could invite three people over for a dinner party next weekend, who would they be?

Tom Hanks, Beyoncé and Neil Armstong

Tell us something about you that people probably don't know...

I have a beautiful 2-year-old golden retriever called Bella who is a qualified Pets as Therapy Dog. Bella regularly visits the local primary school where children are able to spend time relaxing with her and reading her story books

kategibbs@literallypr.com