Penguin Random House Presents 2017


Penguin Random House Presents 2017, Penguin Random House UK’s annual celebration of its books, authors and teams, took place this year at London’s iconic Barbican Centre on the 8th & 9th March.

For two days, over a thousand Penguin Random House staff heard from each of our nine publishing houses, as well as from colleagues in our Penguin Brand team, Penguin Ventures and Creative Responsibility.

Alongside a host of inspiring presentations, new activities for this year included tasters and giveaways, a Penguin Shop stocked with limited edition proofs, and a dedicated Penguin Random House Presents app. 

From a Q&A session with British astronaut and author of Hello, Is this Planet Earth? Tim Peake, to hearing Arundhati Roy read from her new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - each publishing house's presentation showcased the energy and purpose behind hundreds of Penguin Random House titles to be released throughout the year ahead.

It’s impossible to do justice to the many highlights of Penguin Random House Presents 2017, but these photos offer a glimpse of a hugely creative, diverse and exciting two days.

Summing up the event, Penguin Random House UK’s CEO, Tom Weldon said: “Our purpose has been lit up in bright lights: to connect the world with the stories, ideas and writing that matter”.

If you would like to join us at our annual celebration next year, discover more about working at Penguin Random House UK by visiting our careers page.

Penguin Random House Children’s take to the stage to kick off Penguin Random House Presents 2017. 

Arundhati Roy reads from her new book The Ministry of Upmost Happiness to thunderous applause as part of the Penguin General presentation.

Richard Lennon, Penguin Random House Audio’s Editorial Director, introduces their presentation.

An attentive audience in the Barbican Theatre at Penguin Random House Presents 2017.

Reggie Yates announces the forthcoming publication of Unseen, his first book, and talks about his experiences as a documentary maker in some of the toughest places in the world as part of Ebury’s presentation. 

Children’s publishing phenomenon Jacqueline Wilson reveals she will publish her 106th novel Wave Me Goodbye in 2017.

Tom Fletcher treats the audience to a preview of his new musicalThe Christmasaurus, based on the bestselling novel.

John Boyne discusses his latest novel The Heart’s Invisible Furiesas part of the Transworld presentation. 

Fearne Cotton reads from her upcoming debut picture book Yoga Babies, as part of the presentation from our partners Andersen Press.

British astronaut, Tim Peake, announces his new book Ask An Astronaut and answers questions from Penguin Random House staff as part of the Cornerstone presentation. 

Penguin Random House employees get to grips with virtual reality during a break from presentations. 

Julian Barnes addresses the crowd accompanied by a cardboard cut-out as part of the Vintage presentation. 

Penguin Random House UK staff had the chance to sample tasty treats from The Happy Foodie stand during a break from presentations. 

Afua Hirsch introduces her debut book Brit(ish), a non-fiction work on British identity, as part of the Vintage presentation.

Marian Keyes admires the numbers gathered to listen to her discuss her latest novel The Break, as part of the Michael Joseph presentation.

Our Dead Good crime panel ‘What’s Your Motive?’ featured authors Ruth Ware, Liz Nugent, Fiona Barton, Tony Parsons and Tim Weaver discussing the things that inspired their novels. 

Siena Parker, Head of Creative Responsibility, shares some of our Creative Responsibility highlights from the last year and announces new ways for us all to get involved in the future.

Photo credits: Andrew Perkins 




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