Penguin Live

We entertain our audiences

Through Penguin Live, we produce and promote In Conversation and themed events with a diverse range of authors, such as a 10-date Caitlin Moran tour, Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday celebration at the Royal Festival Hall, Simon Sinek in conversation with Reggie Yates, and Penguin Pride – a festival-style event with live music, performance poetry and a panel discussion celebrating the LGBT community.

We also create immersive events and have partnered with Harvey Goldsmith to develop Puffin World of Stories, a children’s festival event at OnBlackheath in London and OnRoundhay in Leeds.

At Penguin Live we produce and promote ticketed events to engage and entertain audiences. In Conversation events past and future include Richard Branson, Tim Peake, Tom Hanks, Jaqueline Wilson, Jon Sopel, Rick Stein and Margaret Atwood. 

Our themed, multi-media, festival-style events under the Penguin brand – the first being Penguin Pride – allow us to reach more diverse audiences and our ambition is to take these themes and grow them year-on-year. Books are at the heart of all our events and we always include a bookseller to maximise sales. And we work with venues, media and corporate companies to build mutually beneficial partnerships – please  contact us if you’d like to hear more.


Case Studies



Simon Sinek

In May 2017, Penguin Live put Simon Sinek, ‘the man who broke the internet’ on stage with one of the UK’s best-loved documentarians, Reggie Yates, for an evening discussing The Millennial Question and why many struggle in the workplace. Author of Start With Why, Sinek has the third most-watched TED talk ever, and the sold-out event was live-streamed across the globe with current views at over 109,000 and more than 25 countries reached. The event achieved Simon Sinek’s goal of talking directly to a younger, more diverse audience.





Penguin Pride @ Proud

July 2017 saw Penguin Live take over Proud Galleries, Camden, for a unique festival-style event, featuring live music, performance poetry, photography and more to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. Penguin Pride @ Proud showcased Penguin’s fantastic LGBT authors with live readings from Matthew Todd and Paul Flynn, along with performance poetry from Keith Jarrett and Toby Campion. The evening culminated in sets from Z–Star Delta and Kele Okereke. Penguin Pride is the first in a series of theme-led, multi-media events to be produced by Penguin Live that will provide a platform for voices – from publishing and beyond – to be heard, and seminal book titles to be celebrated.





Stephen Hawking at The Royal Festival Hall

On the 16th January 2017 we produced a multi-media event to mark the 75th birthday of Professor Stephen Hawking. Incorporating filmed interviews, Q&A and reading from A Brief History of Time the event was hosted by respected journalist Michael Buerk and featured keynote speeches from the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees. The event opened The Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief Festival and was introduced on the night by Festival Director, Jude Kelly.