Penguin Talks, in partnership with Speakers for School, is a programme of free creative talks for young people across the UK and Ireland, giving them the opportunity to both hear from and directly question a world-renowned thinker, writer or influential figure from our family of authors.

The aim of Penguin Talks is to help equip young people for the future by introducing a new generation of readers to new ideas and perspectives, and broadening their understanding of issues which speakers feel to be particularly prevalent for this generation.

Upcoming Virtual Penguin Talks

How To Achieve Anything with Gareth Southgate and Sharky

Tuesday 1st December 4pm GMT

How to Achieve Anything 

England football Manager and author of Anything is Possible, Gareth Southgate, is joined by Youtube gamer and entertainer, Sharky, to reflect on the experiences and lessons of Gareth’s career. He will share how young people can thrive and make the most of their lives, by being brave, being kind and following their dreams. 

Watch it live here.

Previous Virtual Penguin Talks

Virtual Penguin Talks, in partnership with Speakers for Schools, launched in April 2020 with live talks from our authors in their homes streamed on Penguin Platform during the COVID-19 lockdown. This series of nine talks focused on issues which mattered most to young people during this time, including how to manage anxiety, challenge inequality and prepare for the future world of work.

Previous Penguin Talks

In the inaugural Penguin Talk, in September 2018, Professor Yuval Noah Harari joined comedian Russell Brand to discuss the changes and decisions which will impact young people in the not-so-distant future.

In December 2018 and to mark the publication of her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama paid a special visit to students in Islington, London, to about empowerment through education and the importance of self-belief.

Yuval Noah Harari at Penguin Talks
Michelle Obama at Penguin Talks

In May 2019, Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don't Wear Pink, and actress Saoirse Ronan visited a Dublin school to discuss what being a feminist means and the power that young people have in the fight for gender equality.

Fresh from her joint Booker win, in October 2019, Margaret Atwood and Ash Sarkar visited a college in Salford to discuss resistance, activism, and the literary legacy of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments.
 

Scarlett Curtis and Saoirse Ronan at Penguin Talks
Ash Sarkar and Margaret Atwood at Penguin Talks in Salford

In November 2019, Stormzy, international footballer Eniola Aluko, and #Merky Books authors Chelsea Kwakye, Ore Ogunbiyi and Derek Owusu visited Stormzy's old secondary school to talk about how to find your voice and use it.

In February 2020, Marie Forleo, entrepreneur and author of Everything is Figureoutable, and Cash Carraway, author of Skint Estate, visited a school in Oval, London to talk about success and failure, while trying to answer the question: can anyone be successful?

Stormzy at the #Merky Books Penguin Talks
Marie Forleo and Cash Carraway at their Penguin Talk

“Connecting readers with great writing and ideas is part of Penguin Random House’s DNA, rooted in our founder Allen Lane’s mission to make good books available to all. Building on this heritage, the ambition behind Penguin Talks is to ensure that young people from across the country are given access to these writers and feel inspired and empowered to engage in their debates.”

Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK


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