Penguin Visits St Bart’s

Published 30 March 2023

Last week Year 9 enjoyed a visit from Helen Garnons-Williams, Publishing Director at Penguin. Helen spoke to the students about her own journey into publishing and the publications she has been personally involved in. She shone a light on the role of a publisher and the skills you needed for this career path – explaining the involved process from manuscript to publication. Helen discussed some of the modern challenges and opportunities for the sector, including social media as a form of advertising and the editing of texts to reflect modern values. Students also learnt about related careers, such as Book Scouts (tasked with finding books that can make the transition TV or Film) and Cover Designers. It was a fascinating insight into this industry and we would like to thank Helen for so generously sharing her time with St Bart’s. We hope the talk has inspired some future publishers, book scouts and cover designers!