Penguins on the mind?: Exhibition and event on Penguin Books’ psychological titles - Live Networking Event

07 September 20226pm - 8pmScotland
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Please note: due to a website bug, the time for this event is displaying as 6pm until 8pm - it actually starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm.

Overview on live networking event:

6.30-7pm: opportunity to view the exhibition, and refreshments

7-8.15pm: brief talks, networking and discussion

8.15-8.30pm: close

Overview of the Exhibition:

Dr Gavin Miller of University of Glasgow is organizing an exhibition on Penguin’s psychological titles at Stirling University Library. The exhibition will open in September 2022 in the Special Collections Reading Room and will be accompanied by a parallel online exhibition, and by articles for the specialist and popular press.

IQ tests, attachment, brainwashing, sexual diversity, bereavement, feminism, racism, psychotherapy, antipsychiatry, recreational drug use, anorexia nervosa, wartime morale: these are just a few of the psychological topics addressed by Penguin books in the period c.1940 to 1980.

From its inception in 1935 to the present day, Penguin has had a prominent place in the British book trade. The publisher was an important populariser of psychological, psychiatric, and psychotherapeutic ideas, whether through the ‘takeover’ of an existing work from another publisher, or the publication of specially commissioned books. A viable edition required sales of several thousand year – and the most successful could reach tens of thousands. Through these authoritative books, the British -- and often worldwide -- reading public formed an image of psychological expertise and practice in an era that stretched from World War Two to the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s to the upheavals of Thatcherism.

You’re also very welcome to feedback to the organizer on any of questions below, or to add your own comments or reflections.

  • Do you have fond (or not so fond) memories of a particular title?
  • Did you write for Penguin or another mass-market publisher, or know someone who did?
  • Are you a collector or bibliophile?
  • Do you have a particular interest or experience in working with the media, including print, broadcast, and online media?
  • Are there particular kinds of speaker you’d like to hear from?

If interested, please contact Dr Gavin Miller, Reader in Contemporary Literature and Medical Humanities, University of Glasgow

Twitter: @drgavinmiller @BPSScot

For more information, email [email protected]


Stirling University Library
Level 3
University of Stirling
Andrew Miller Building
W Link Rd


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