The Penguin Podcast kicks off 2021 with a new series of literary conversations, hosted by Nihal Arthanayake
As the Penguin Podcast hits 4.5 million downloads, Storyglass is proud to take over production of the fortnightly interview series featuring leading Penguin authors.
First launched in 2015, the Penguin podcast is a prominent voice in arts podcasting and its newly revealed re-branding coincides with the podcast hitting a milestone of 4.5 million downloads. The first ‘new-look’ episode, hosted by Nihal Arthanayake, was broadcast on 9th February 2022.
The Penguin Podcast offers listeners a deep dive into the creative process of writing. Each episode involves an author bringing into the studio a selection of meaningful objects as a means to discuss their aspirations, inspirations and struggles along the way.
Tim Lane, Penguin’s Creative Director, in collaboration with Loz Ives, Co-Founder and Creative-Director at Fieldwork, created a fresh design approach inspired by the first Penguin Books published in the 1930s. This redesign, which employs bold geometric shapes, a selective colour palette, black sans typography, and generous white space, now aligns with the Penguin brand online.
In the six years since the first episode landed, The Penguin Podcast has gone on to win Silver at the British Podcast Awards (2017), Gold at the British Podcast Awards (2020) and Best Entertainment Podcast at the Publisher Podcast Awards (2021). It has been praised by numerous publications and has maintained a strong presence on the iTunes Podcast chart since its inception. The broad range of guests has included Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, Paul McCartney, Bernardine Evaristo and Salman Rushdie. The exciting upcoming guests include Claire Fuller, Michael Rosen, Pankaj Mishra and many more. The podcast hosts have included David Baddiel, Katy Brand, David Olusoga and Richard E Grant. The series is hosted by broadcaster and author Nihal Arthanayake.