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The Penguin Collector

The Penguin Collector is the Society's twice-yearly journal, published each June and December. Its forerunner, The PCS Newsletter, began in 1974, soon after the Society was inaugurated and ran for forty issues. It became The Penguin Collector in December 1993 with Collector 41, and is produced in a format which pays homage to Penguin design. It is now illustrated in colour throughout.

Articles are contributed by members and other writers on a wide range of Penguin-related matters. They are full of information and interest, the result of sharp-eyed observation, detailed research and careful editorial verification.

Collector 91 (December 2018) contains four wide-ranging and in depth essays on Making Penguins including a major article by Andrew Nash on the design of Muriel Spark covers. As usual there is a wealth of shorter pieces and Society news. Collector 92 (June 2019), with its stunning Terence Greer drawing and Tom Etherington cover design contains an in depth article on ‘Terence Greer and Penguin covers’. Also included is a piece by Sally Addison, the 2018 Bursary winner, looking at the role of Peter Mayer. Both these essays serendipitously tie in with articles in Collector 91.

Each Collector also contains a multitude of shorter pieces. ‘Penguin Points’ enable members to raise all sorts of matters of interest and to seek information from the membership at large about some of the many mysteries of Penguins' publishing history; ‘Penguin Places’ suggest bookshops worth visiting in the unending quest for old Penguins; ‘Penguins in Penguins’ report appearances of Penguin books in literature and art; and anecdotes about ‘The Penguin Collector's Lot’ give reassurance that none of us is alone in this quest.

The Collector concludes with news of the Society's activities, from reports on meetings and visits, to plans for future events and updates on the programme of publications.

If you have something which could be considered for publication, however long or short, however much it is a preliminary draft or a finished article, do please contact the Editor.

The Penguin Collector - June 1993 (Grey)The Penguin Collector - June 1994 (Orange)The Penguin Collector - December 1995 (Green)The Penguin Collector - December 1996 (Yellow)The Penguin Collector - December 1997 (Red)The Penguin Collector - July 1988 (Blue)