Become a Patron

Envisaged by the late P.D. James OBE FRSL, our Patrons programme is instrumental to our work and vision for the future, and provides vital financial support for our outreach in disadvantaged schools, portfolio of awards and prizes, and annual programme of talks, discussions and readings.

Good books have the power to challenge prejudice and transform lives. They provoke debate and provide comfort, entertainment, companionship and information. I support the RSL so that everyone can have access to, and enjoy, good literature – now and in the future.

Alice Jolly
RSL Patron

Patrons receive all benefits of RSL Membership, plus exclusive invitations to literary events, such as the RSL Ondaatje Prize dinner in May, and other partner events throughout the year.

Thank you to our Patron Fellows and Members for their generosity over the past twelve months:

Patron Fellows

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Sir Antony Beevor FRSL
Artemis Cooper FRSL
Lord Egremont FRSL
Michael Frayn C Lit FRSL and Claire Tomalin FRSL
Sir David Hare FRSL
Logos Charitable Trust
Hilary Mantel DBE FRSL
J. K. Rowling OBE FRSL
Lord Skidelsky of Tilton FRSL
Jacqueline Wilson DBE FRSL

Patron Members

Colin Chisholm
Olivia Hoare
Alice Jolly
Philip Kerr
Marsh Christian Trust
Elena Oderstone
Basil Postan

The Patron scheme

Patron membership starts at £1,000 per annum.

To join the RSL as a Patron fill out the Direct Debit form attached to this Patrons Brochure. Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to The Royal Society of Literature to:

Molly Rosenberg
The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London WC2R 1LA

For further information about the Patron scheme, please contact Molly Rosenberg, Business Director:, 020 7845 4677.

Any gift, large or small, makes a difference. If you wish to make a smaller gift, please consider making a donation.