February 25, 2017
With Dean Atta, Neil Bartlett, Maureen Duffy, Mel Kenyon
Fifty years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality three writers discuss how changing attitudes to homosexuality have been reflected in literature and performance.
The Art of Non-Fiction
March 6, 2017
With Lisa Appignanesi, Lara Feigel, Olivia Laing, Hisham Matar
How do non-fiction writers decide on their approach? What are the literary models on which they draw?
Encore! The Phenomenon of the Second Novel
March 28, 2017
With Alex Clark, Nikita Lalwani, Iain Sinclair, Evie Wyld
An exploration of the pleasures and pitfalls of writing and reading second novels.
May 11, 2017
With Diran Adebayo, John Burnside, Jay Griffiths, John Wright
A discussion on how masks can both hide and reveal to accompany the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition 'Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: behind the mask, another mask'.
Off the Page
May 19, 2017
With Helen Edmundson, Deborah Moggach, Timberlake Wertenbaker
Three RSL Fellows each give a talk as part of the Late Evening of the British Academy's biennial Literature week, this year exploring adaptations and transformations.
Eighty Plays On
May 22, 2017
With Alan Ayckbourn, Peter Kemp
Playwright Alan Ayckbourn discusses his 58 year writing career.
Why Writing Matters
June 21, 2017
With Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen speaks about the power of writing to mark the first ever National Writing Day.
What’s So Great About Jane Austen?
July 4, 2017
With Paula Byrne, Helena Kelly, John Mullen, Kamila Shamsie
To mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death four authors discuss her enduring appeal.