June 25, 2019
On 24 June, the RSL elected 45 new Fellows and Honorary Fellows.
The new RSL Fellows for 2019 are: Hanan al-Shaykh, Monica Ali, David Baddiel, Mary Beard, Elleke Boehmer, Jez Butterworth, Vahni Capildeo, Debjani Chatterjee, Esther Freud, Stephen Fry, Peter Gill, Armando Iannucci, Catherine Johnson, Cynan Jones, Olivia Laing, Patrick McGuinness, Jonathan Meades , Sinéad Morrissey, Sarah Moss, Virginia Nicholson, David Olusoga, Susie Orbach, Nina Raine, Denise Riley, Lawrence Scott, Elif Shafak, Nikesh Shukla, Dorothea Smartt and Stella Tillyard.
New RSL Honorary Fellows for 2019 are: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Syima Aslam, Pete Ayrton, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sharmilla Beezmohun, Xandra Bingley, Michael Codron, Dan Franklin, Richard Hollis, Nicholas Hytner, Susheila Nasta, Stephen Page, Stuart Proffitt, William Sieghart, Nicola Solomon and Nicholas Spice.
This year’s Benson Medallist, for exceptional contribution to literature, is Susheila Nasta.