Penguin Readers' Day: Writers and publishers

Helen GordonBooks don't pass directly from writer to reader.  Publishers are involved and this Penguin Day explores the relationship between writers and publishers, particularly Penguin. Professor David Hopkins offers a number of provocative case studies, exploring how publishers and editors have shaped the books they read. The Penguin expert, Steve Hare, discusses how Penguin's choice of covers influenced the look of the books we read. And debut Penguin novelist Helen Gordon, author of Landfall, will be in conversation with her editor, Juliet Annan, and will read from her novel. There will be ample opportunity for audience questions and discussion.


  • Saturday 26 November, 10.30am - 4pm
  • LR 1, Faculty of Arts, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB
  • £20 (£10 concessions)


  • 10.30 Registration
  • 11.00 Professor David Hopkins
    Case studies: the role of publishers and editors in shaping the books we read
  • 12.00 Steve Hare
    Writers and Penguin covers: how the choice of covers influences the books we read
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Guest lecturers – debut Penguin novel
    Helen Gordon and her editor Juliet Annan will talk about the debut novel Landfall, published in October this year, followed by Helen reading extracts from the book. The audience will be invited to join a Q&A and general discussion.
  • 15.30 Refreshments


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Send the complete form with payment to:

Dr Katherine Hann
Penguin Archive Project
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

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Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon was born in 1979 and grew up in Croydon. She currently lives in east London and is a former associate editor of Granta magazine. Landfall is her first novel.

Read an interview with Helen on The List, and a review of Landfall in the Guardian.