December 7, 2017

After two successful years as RSL Director, Tim Robertson has decided to step down from his post at the end of January. We are delighted that Molly Rosenberg (currently our Business Director) will become Director of the RSL from February 2018.

Tim Robertson says: “I’m tremendously grateful for the support I’ve had over the last 2 years from the RSL’s Fellows, Members, staff and supporters. Together we’ve significantly raised the profile and impact of this unique literary society – for example through our new events partnership with the British Library, our Literature in Britain Today research of public opinion on literature, new prizes like the Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction, new events outside London through National Writing Day and our European Writers’ Tour, new reading groups and forums for our Members, and a new constitution. With our Literature Matters framework providing a focus for future developments, and the 40 Fellows Under 40 initiative due to bring a new generation of writers into the Society in 2018, the RSL is in a strong position to move forward.  Personally, I’ve decided to return to my earlier career in the field of social welfare, but I can’t think of anyone better to pick up the reins here than our hugely talented Business Director, Molly Rosenberg. I can’t wait to see where she leads the RSL next.”

Molly Rosenberg says: “I am enormously grateful to Tim Robertson for his energy leading the Society’s development. We wish him every future success. I am thrilled to be continuing our work in celebrating and nurturing all that is best in British literature, past and present. This is an exciting time for the Society, not least with the introduction of 70 new Fellows in 2018, and I greatly look to be working with the RSL staff team, Chair and Council on our future plans as we move towards our bicentenary in 2020.”

Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of the RSL, says: “I am sad to see Tim go after two fine years and the launch of Literature Matters. But I am delighted to have the splendid Molly Rosenberg take on the management of the Society’s work. There are exciting plans in store as we move towards our bicentenary celebrations.’

Above illustration by Anna Trench.