Penguin Parade: Celebrating the Penguin Books Archive

10 Mar 2012 – 21 Apr 2012

Event times

09:30 - 17:30 (last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Cost of entry

£5 Adults £3 Concession

Royal West of England Academy

Bristol, United Kingdom


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Founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, a Bristolian, Penguin publishing is an enduring and iconic brand


Penguin Parade celebrates the extensive Penguin Archive held in the University of Bristol Library, Special Collections.

Sir Allen Lane, a Bristolian, founded Penguin Books in 1935. Penguin Parade follows his journey through the history of Penguin publishing and how the design of the books and the range of titles continue to deliver broad public appeal.

Penguins, Pelicans and Puffins ' there will be books for everyone along with objects, letters, posters and a range of Penguin products.

Penguin Parade exhibits highlights from the archive, such as tickets and telegrams associated with the Lady Chatterley trial, external loan items and visual representations of Penguin in its social context over time.

The Penguin Archive Project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Penguin Archive Project talk and gallery tour

Thursday 15 March 4-5pm
Thursday 19 April 4-5pm

Join staff from the University of Bristol to find out more about the Penguin Project and Books Archive
Free talk / tour (normal exhibition entry prices apply)

Al Alvarez in conversation

University of Bristol Public Lecture in conjunction with The New Poetry and Penguin Modern Poets 50 Years conference
Friday 16th March 6 pm start, from 7.30 pm there will be a set of poetry readings entitled 'Penguin Modern Poets' from Edward Lucie Smith, John Fuller and Tom Raworth. Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Free but advance booking required, please visit http://poetry-lecture.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information contact Nicola Fry 0117 928 8515 nicola.fry@bristol.ac.uk

Curatorial guided tours

Dr Katherine Hann, Penguin Project Curator, will talk about the creation of the exhibition and the choice of material on display

Tuesdays 13, 20 and 27 March 1-1.45pm
Free tour (normal exhibition entry prices apply)

Behind the scenes - the project that lies behind the exhibition

Lunchtime talk / tour with George Donaldson, University of Bristol

Thursdays 29 March, 5 and 12 April, 1-2pm
Free tour/talk (normal exhibition entry prices apply)

Live Performance readings

Join Dr Anna Farthing of Harvest Heritage Arts and Media for some lively performance readings.

In the morning, share your favourite Puffin children's stories with the next generation.
In the afternoon, hear extracts from Penguin thrillers, drama, poetry, cookery ... and maybe even a snippet of 'that book'.

Saturday 24 March 11am and 2pm
Free but pre-booking advisable (normal exhibition entry prices apply)

Children's 'make and take' activities ' drop in session

Bring the family to get stuck in to making a range of Penguin and Puffin inspired items

Wednesday 11th April 10-12am
Sunday 15 and 22 April 2-4pm
Free but pre-booking advisable (normal exhibition entry prices apply)

Cook the Books

Hands-on sessions inspired by the culture-changing Penguin cookery books, and led by Shannon Smith, an experienced food and cooking tutor. Menus are based on local, seasonal produce, and use simple methods and everyday equipment.

More with less ' from the Pauper's Cookbook to the Naked Chef
Austerity is back on the menu. Thanks to Penguin's culture-changing authors, eaters today need not return to the mock ingredients of the 1940s. Enjoy a demonstration menu of seasonal and sensual food inspired by Penguin authors ' from Jocasta Innes to Jamie Oliver.
Wednesday 14 March 6.30 ' 8.30pm
Cost £15 (including daytime entry to exhibition). Pre-booking essential ' maximum 16 places

Good things ' Jane Grigson and the British food renaissance
Watch and taste a menu drawing on the life work of this warm and witty champion of regional food and local produce. Grigson's fresh approach brings out the pleasure of cooking and eating the ingredients of early spring, and celebrates the best of British.
Wednesday 21 March 6.30 ' 8.30pm
Cost £15 (including daytime entry to exhibition). Pre-booking essential ' maximum 16 places

Fresh and fun
Hands-on food and cooking taster session for children 6-14 years and their parents or carers. Make a simple tasty lunch with fresh ingredients.
Wednesday 4 April 11am, 12 am and 1pm
Cost £5 per child, adults free (but normal exhibition entry prices apply). Pre-booking advised as places are limited.

Pick up a Penguin swap shop ' bring a Penguin, Pelican, Puffin book and take another one away....

Free book exchange
Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the exhibition run

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