When she’s not reading five books at a time, reviewing new Champagne-flavoured popcorn or travelling to book fairs around the world, Helen Lewis can be found running around after her two little girls. Life is busy, but she prefers it that way. Helen is the Director of a publicity agency with a refreshing approach to book, drinks and food PR. Literally Public Relations Limited is a team of experts who enjoy devising specialist and successful communications activity for a host of people, from literary agents to publishers, New York Times best-selling authors to debut novelists. From writing press releases to managing media enquiries, chatting with the national newspapers and regional press to bloggers and broadcast, Literally is a boutique agency that specialises in creating bespoke, strategic campaigns that won’t have you re-mortgaging your house to pay a ridiculous yearlong retainer fee.
Helen’s also an NCTJ-qualified food, drink and packaging journalist with 15 years experience under her belt, and as she doesn’t think there’s any such thing as being ‘too busy’, she’s also the founder and editor of the long-standing, highly respected resource food&drink towers (http://www.foodanddrinktowers.com). Since 2006, the site has continued to connect journalists, PRs, retailers, brand owners and everyone in between within the foodie world. food&drink towers now boasts more than 5000 members and continue to grow each year (it’s free to join).
In 2012, Helen opened her book PR business and by 2013 it had evolved into Literally PR Ltd, bringing the book, drinks and food PR divisions under one Literally umbrella. She’s written more than 50 market, category and trends reports for corporate multinationals as well as B2B publishing houses including Datamonitor, Aroq and Business Monitor International since 2004. Helen still regularly freelances for various magazines on and offline.
Her passions are food, drink, writing, reading, discovering talented new authors, inspiring technologies and delicious products, while working with passionate, happy people.