Penguin Talks

Penguin Talks, in partnership with Speakers for School, is a programme of free, creative talks for young people, 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.

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All our virtual events are streamed on the dedicated Penguin Talks hub with live captions, and are available to watch again on Penguin Platform Youtube.

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Previous Penguin Talks

Yuval Noah Harari and Russell Brand on the future of work

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.

Michelle Obama on the power of education and self-belief

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

Scarlett Curtis and Saoirse Ronan on what feminism means today

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.

Margaret Atwood and Ash Sarkar on activism and resistance

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

Stormzy and #Merky Books authors on finding your voice and using it

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.

Marie Forleo and Cash Carraway on being successful

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

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Margaret Atwood joins teenagers in Salford to talk resistance and activism

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