Penguin Talks is a new 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.

“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

Penguin Talks audience member asking a question

Our aim 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.

Each Penguin Talk is published in full online, together with free curriculum based resources for teachers to enable young people in classrooms across the UK engage with the themes and issues discussed.

Previous Penguin Talks

Are you a secondary school teacher?

We are currently programming future events for 2019. If you are a state secondary school based in the UK and are interested in hosting a future Penguin Talk, please email us on

Penguin Talks event with Harari