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

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 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.

"I was so excited about joining the team here at Literally PR and cannot believe that I am in my fifth year already, time flies when you're having fun! 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


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. 


Rosie Freeland - Social Media & PR

For seven years, Rosie worked for a variety of the most respected global PR agencies, representing a selection of household names in the food and drink sectors. More recently she has retrained to boost her knowledge in social media, achieving the Advanced Diploma in Strategic Social Media Marketing from recognised training body Digital Mums.

Marrying two of her passions in life: books and social media, Rosie is thrilled to be on board with Literally PR, consulting authors of all genres on how they can make best use of the online tools available to them to raise their profiles and promote their work. Her knowledge of the nitty gritty aspects of social media (algorithms, metrics and influencers), paired with her distinct ability to get to the nub of a client’s needs and diagnose a results-focused approach, make her an exciting string to our bow.

When she’s not analysing metrics or creating eye-catching content, Rosie can be found deep in a book on a beach in South Devon, with a gin and tonic in hand.

Favourite Book: Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë),
Favourite Foods: Anything with cheese
Favourite Drinks: Hendricks gin on ice, with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic and a slice of cucumber