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Library Degrees of difficulty

In preparation for the RSL’s ‘What’s the use of English?’ debate, we wrote to all our Fellows asking whether or not they had read English at university, and whether they felt with hindsight that they had made the right decision. The answers were surpri …

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Library Michael Morpurgo on child literacy

We are in a muddle about literacy. We worry endlessly that children in Britain are not becoming readers. Report after report comes out, revealing that hundreds of thousands of our children do not read well enough, that we are slipping further and furth …

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Library The Lingua Franca: Colin Thubron on translated literature

One of the most shocking statistics in British publishing concerns that difficult and risk-prone genre: the literary translation. The Book Trust puts the proportion of foreign books published in England at a wretched three per cent of the total publish …

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Library News From Nowhere

Last October Theresa May announced to her party conference: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” So I am a citizen of Nowhere. Intellectually, culturally and as member of my species, I am and must be a citizen …

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Library A nightmare about the English

Edward Upward has long been seen as the Fourth Man to Isherwood, Auden and Spender. Peter Parker considers his vision and his long career There have been many distinguished winners of the Society’s A.C. Benson Medal (including Lytton Strachey, Philip L …

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Welcome to the RSL Library, where we’ve collected our audio recordings and images of our events over the past twenty years, as well as selected RSL Review articles. Browse by genre, search for your favourite writer or explore by theme. Audio recordings …

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Library Tall Tales, Short Stories writing competition – Third Prize: Manon Heard

Manon completed Irenosen Okojie’s short story ‘Synsepalum’ … The light that was thrown out of the museum was unfathomable and Noma felt as drawn to it as a moth to a flame, its grip relentless. He peered in and through the layer of dust on the window …

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Library Tall Tales, Short Stories writing competition – Winner: Lisa Elliot

Lisa completed Fiona Vigo Marshall’s short story ‘The Street of Baths’: … The real Jaume, as real as he can be, has passed into the next room. I wonder, can he hear me? Surely not. He always had a way of throwing his head back in mock despair, before …

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Fellows Remembered

As a tribute to the life’s work of its Fellows, the RSL publishes obituaries of as many as possible in its magazine, some are included in the archive below. Dannie Abse Dannie Abse was a Welsh poet, author, doctor and playwright. His career as a poet s …

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RSL Fellow Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE

b. 1927 – d. 2013

Ruth Prawer was born in Cologne to a Polish father and German mother. The family relocated to Britain in 1939.  She married Cyrus Jhabvala in 1951 and they moved to Delhi, after 1975 splitting their time between India and New York. Although perhaps bes …

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