When you consider the wealth of national and international culture it delivers, an RSL membership isn’t just a bargain, it’s worth the world.

Ali Smith

The RSL offers the benefits and joys of a literary festival and book club, rolled into one, all year round: a membership for all seasons.

  • Attend our events – over 20 each year – free of charge.
  • Bring guests to events at a discount.
  • Subscribe free to the bi-annual RSL Review.
  • Attend our Members-only Reading Groups.
  • Meet other Members and the RSL team at Members’ Forums.
  • Attend our Summer Party and other special events.
  • Receive our monthly e-newsletter.

The RSL receives no government or public funding. We rely on the income from our Members’ and Fellows’ subscriptions to continue our work.

For any questions about RSL membership, please contact Martha Stenhouse, Membership, Awards and Office Co-ordinator ( or call 020 7845 4679.

Please note that The RSL cannot offer refunds for Membership renewal payments made in error.

How to join

If you love reading, we are your Society – uniquely devoted to promoting and extending the knowledge and love of literature, its rich past and its vibrant present.

Colin Thubron
RSL President

Becoming a Member couldn’t be easier. Simply join online to begin enjoying the benefits of membership right away.

Alternatively, download our Membership Brochure.

Existing members can renew by visiting the Members’ Area.

Partner offers
The RSL is pleased to offer membership at the reduced rate of £40 to members of the Society of Authors and London Library and £45 to Slightly Foxed subscribers.

Please contact Martha Stenhouse ( to join at a discounted rate, or if you would like to purchase membership as a gift for a friend or relative.