Penguin Random House has launched a collaboration with charity Speakers for Schools delivering a series of virtual educational events from its authors, streaming to thousands of students across the UK.
The programme forms part of the publisher's Penguin Talks series, launched in 2018, which has featured stars including Michelle Obama, Stormzy, Margaret Atwood and Yuval Noah Harari while reaching 2,000 young people in person, and racking up almost 700,000 video views.
Its new series begins with a talk on “How to boss your mood” with Chloe Brotheridge, author of The Anxiety Solution (Michael Joseph), and Sara Milne Rowe, author of The SHED Method (Penguin), on 30th April at 10 a.m.
That will be followed by a talk on “How to prepare for the squiggly world of work” with authors of The Squiggly Career (Portfolio Penguin), Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis, on 7th May at 10 a.m.
The events will be live streamed on the Penguin Platform YouTube channel, and all students watching will receive a free copy of the authors' audiobook.
Penguin Talks joins Speakers for Schools’ wider schedule of daily virtual talks for 11 to 18-year-old students, which are live streamed to a network of 2,000 schools nationwide and direct into students’ homes.
Rebecca Sinclair, PRH UK brand and communications director, said: “We set up Penguin Talks to connect our authors with the next generation of readers and to engage young people in conversations about the issues they care about. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that young people feel part of these discussions. We’re excited to work with Speakers for Schools to widen reach and to get our content to even more schools, and to re-create the magic of a Penguin Talks event virtually.”
Today (24th April) Penguin has also launched an online hub of free teaching resources based on each of Penguin Talks held to date, linked to the Personal Social Health Education curriculum.
Penguin will continue to work with Speakers for Schools to programme events in schools from September, once the current lockdown is lifted and schools return.