Individual membership

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.

The RSL offers the best, and best-value, programme of literary talks and discussions in London – a unique blend of literary seriousness and lively comment.

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

For more information about membership and its benefits, please contact Martha Stenhouse at or call 020 7845 4679.

Join us now

Join online. Becoming a Member couldn’t be easier. Sign up here to enjoy the benefits of membership right away. If you are aged 30 and under you can purchase Young Person’s Membership.

Join by post. Set up a direct debit or pay by cheque by downloading our membership form and returning it to:

Martha Stenhouse
The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to bank non-UK cheques for £50 and over – please join online, contact Martha Stenhouse at or call 020 7845 4679.

Gift membership. To buy membership as a gift for a birthday or other occasion, please contact Martha Stenhouse, or call 020 7845 4679. Please specify if you wish to purchase Young Person’s Membership (for those aged 30 and under).

Society of Authors and London Library Members. The RSL is pleased to offer membership at the reduced rate of £40 to members of the Society of Authors and London Library. Please contact Martha Stenhouse ( to join at this discounted rate.