What we do


A world-class events programme.   Organising over twenty events each year, we offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore literature’s rich past and engage with the authors shaping its future.
See our upcoming events.


Cultivate and celebrate literary excellence.   The RSL invests in the authors of today and tomorrow, supporting them through a number of awards and grants.
Learn about our awards and prizes.


Connect Fellows with aspiring writers.   We believe that our Fellows’ outstanding gifts should be shared. In partnership with the Booker Prize Foundation, we organise regular masterclasses run by our Fellows to encourage the development of new writers.
Find out more about our mastersclasses.


Inspire literacy and creativity.   The RSL’s Schools Outreach programme works to secure young people’s access to literature. We send Fellows into challenging 1)‘Challenging’ refers to schools in which more than 50% of pupils are considered deprived according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) or in which GCSE results fall in the lowest third of the national distribution. state schools across the UK, providing their pupils with the opportunity to meet some of the country’s greatest writers.
Learn more about our education programme.


RSL Annual Review

Download our Annual Review 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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1. ‘Challenging’ refers to schools in which more than 50% of pupils are considered deprived according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) or in which GCSE results fall in the lowest third of the national distribution. 

A word from our President

After seven years as President of the RSL, I have watched it grow and transform through the worst economic recession in recent history.  Now the Society emerges stronger, more expansive and more ambitious than ever before: a tribute to the affection in which readers hold the written word.

We are now a robust forum for the airing and discussion of literary topics of every kind, as well as for the celebration of the literary past. Our events programme features many of the most distinguished writers in the language, and brings together a lively audience of both Fellows and Members.

We are also heavily invested in education – in the inspirational impact of visits by writers to state schools.  Through the RSL Jerwood awards we nourish non-fiction writing from the moment of its creation, and in the V.S Pritchett Memorial Prize  and RSL Ondaatje Prize we foster both the short story and writings that reflect the environment.

In October 2015 we welcomed Tim Robertson as our first full-time Director and in 2016 we elected Lisa Appignanesi as our new Chair.

This is a Society for anyone who engages in reading and writing – a society, in other words, for almost everybody. Our scope is international, and our future newly exciting.

Colin Thubron
RSL President

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