Upcoming events

Children's 'Make and Take' activities at the Penguin Parade exhibition, RWA Sunday 15th and 22nd April 2-4pm. Last chance to come and see this colourful and informative exhibition before it closes on the 22nd April. It covers the history of Penguin, Pelican and Puffin books. And during the activity afternoon children can make a Penguin bookmark or souvenir to take away.

Great book giveaway - on the last Sunday 22nd April all remaining books in the open display  areas of the exhibition will be available to take away to good homes! Come along and pick up a good read to add to your collection...

See for full details.

Previous events

Penguin Readers' Day 2011: Writers and Publishers

  • Saturday 26 November
  • 3/5 Woodland Road, Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol
  • £20/£10 concessions

The third annual Penguin Readers' Day, this study day focuses on the writing and publishing process, and features Professor David Hopkins, Penguin Books expert Steve Hare, and Penguin Books novelist, Helen Gordon, along with her editor, Juliet Annan. For more information, please see the Writers and Publishers webpage.


Penguin Readers' Day 2010: The Puffin Study Day

  • Friday 15 October
  • Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol
  • £20/£10 students

The second Penguin Archive Project Readers' Day, this study day will look at the history of Puffin, the various series and subseries that it has spawned (hatched?) and discuss how a new book comes into being, and how this process has changed over the years.

This year's Readers' Day is being organised on behalf of the Project by the Penguin Collectors' Society. For more information on this event, please see The Puffin Study Day webpage.

75 Years of Penguin Books: An International Multidisciplinary Conference

  • Tuesday 29 June - Thursday 1 July, 2010
  • Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

The Penguin Archive Project is currently inviting academics to submit papers for this conference. For further details, including a list of confirmed plenaries and a registration form, please visit the conference webpage

Judging A Book By Its Cover: guest lectures on Penguin design

  • Tuesday 29 June, 5.15pm
  • Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

As part of the Penguin Books conference, lectures by Phil Baines and James Pardey are taking place and are open to the public separately to the conference. For more information please visit the design lectures webpage.

Lady Chatterley: 50 Years After the Trial

  • 30 January, 2010
  • School of Humanities, University of Bristol

This course is run by the Department of English Lifelong Learning. For more information please visit the course webpage.

The Monthly Novel: Agatha Christie's Secrets

  • Three meetings from 20 January, 2010
  • School of Humanities, University of Bristol

This course is run by the Department of English Lifelong Learning. For more information please visit the course webpage.

Translation plenary and colloquium

  • Tuesday 8 December - Wednesday 9 December, 2009
  • LT1, 3/5 Woodland Road (8 Dec) and Wickham Theatre, Drama Dept, Cantock's Close (9 Dec)

This is an event focusing on translation which features a plenary lecture from Professor Peter France, and a Grand-Guignol performance entitled The Kiss of Blood. For further information please visit the event webpage.

Introducing Penguin: A Penguin Readers' Day

  • Saturday 24 October, 2009
  • 3/5 Woodland Road, University of Bristol

A day for members of the public to engage in lectures and workshops on their favourite Penguin books. For more information please visit the Introducing Penguin webpage.

Lady Chatterley and Her Consequences: a half-day conference

  • Thursday 2 July, 2009
  • University of Bristol

The first Penguin Archive Project conference will focus on DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, and the Penguin censorship trial that it sparked. For more information on this conference please visit the conference webpage.

James Fenton poetry reading

  • Tuesday 2 December, 2008
  • 7.15pm, the Watershed, Bristol

To inaugurate publicly the Penguin Archive Project, Penguin-published poet, James Fenton, will be making an appearance at the Watershed to read from his published works.

Fenton is one of the UK's most acclaimed contemporary poets and has won a number of awards for his writing, including the 2007 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Fenton is also renowned for his lively performances, making this a rare and exciting opportunity to experience James Fenton in such an intimate setting as the Watershed.