The Puffin Study Day

A day of presentations and lectures on Puffin Books

Puffin Study DayFollowing last year’s Penguin Readers’ Day, the Penguin Archive Project have collaborated with the Penguin Collectors’ Society to organise this year’s Puffin Study Day.

Celebrating 70 years of Puffin books in 2010, the Puffin Study Day is hosted by Phil Baines – Professor of Typography at Central Saint Martins, London, and author of ‘Penguin by Design’ (2005) and the recently published ‘Puffin by Design’ (2010) – and will include a number of presentations from authors, designers, academics and editors covering the history of the UK’s best loved children’s publisher. After lunch (which is provided), there will also be a panel discussion on the process of making a Puffin book and how this has changed over its 70-year history.


  • 10.00am-10.30am: Registration. Refreshments will be available at this time.
  • 10.30am-11.00am: Welcome and introduction
  • A history of Puffin:
    • 11.00am-11.30am: Noel Carrington and Puffin in the 1940s
    • 11.30am-12.00noon: Kaye Webb and Puffin in the 1960s and 1970s
    • 12.00noon-12.30pm: Puffin in the 1980s and 1990s
    • 12.30pm-1.00pm: Contemporary Puffin
  • 1.00pm-2.30pm: Lunch
    • Academics and other Puffin 'experts' will be on hand during this time to answer questions and talk about Puffin, including Puffin Picture Books (Joe Pearson), Porpoise Books (Steve Hare), Peacock Books (Ika Willis), Puffin Story Books (Steve Hare)
  • 2.30pm-3.30pm: General panel discussion on the making of a Puffin book and how it has changed over 70 years
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm: 'Meet and greet' session with panelists and other contributors, including a chance to examine specific series and buy books from the Puffin Bookstall. Refreshments will be available at this time.


Contributors include:

  • Liz Attenborough, former Puffin Editorial Director;
  • Joe Berger, author of Puffin books including the Bridget Fidget series;
  • Anna Billson, Puffin designer;
  • Francesca Dow, current Puffin Managing Director;
  • Valerie Grove, journalist and author of the Kaye Webb biography, So Much to Tell (2010);
  • Steve Hare, author and Penguin historian;
  • Elv Moody, Puffin Classics Editorial Director;
  • Joe Pearson, author of Drawn Direct to the Plate (2010), a study of Noel Carrington and Puffin Picture Books;
  • Jan Pienkowski, artist and co-creator of several Puffin books, including the Meg and Mog series;
  • Ika Willis, Penguin Archive Project Investigator.


An exhibition of original materials from the Penguin Archive will be on display during the day, curated by the University of Bristol Library Special Collections.


  • Friday 15 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Road, BS8 1RJ

If you would like further information, please contact us at or 0117 331 8373.