A Room of My Own

Today, Wednesday 19 June, we hold our second Dalloway Day celebrating Virginia Woolf’s work. Alongside events and reading groups through the day, this year we are marking 90 years of A Room of One’s Own by asking what writers need today to work.

In A Room of My Own, the RSL invited seven Fellows to respond to Woolf’s seminal essay with new pieces about their early writing careers and what’s needed for writers from all backgrounds and experiences to have the opportunity of a writing life.  You can read the full essays from Val McDermid, David Almond, Bernardine Evaristo, Eley Williams, Daljit Nagra, Howard Jacobson and Nadifa Mohamed in the A Room of My Own anthology.

In April, the RSL asked UK writers about the support they receive, the challenges they face, and what they need to work. The findings from the A Room of My Own UK Writers Survey can be read in the A Room of My Own report.

Next week on National Writing Day we will be launching an exciting competition for 14 to 18 year olds, as part of the A Room of My Own programme.

We’re delighted to work with partners across the UK: Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, British Library, Camden Council, Charleston Trust, Creative Scotland, English Heritage, First Story, Literature Wales, Literature Works, National Centre for Writing, National Portrait Gallery, New Writing North, New Writing South, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library, Society of Authors, Spread the Word, The Literary Consultancy, Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writing East Midlands and Writing West Midlands.

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