Current RSL Fellows

The Royal Society of Literature has some 600 Fellows. They include the very best novelists, short-story writers, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, travel writers, literary critics and scriptwriters at work today. Honorary Fellows are those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to the Society.

Explore our full listing of current Fellows below. Use the alphabet links to filter the list by Fellow surname.

Patron Fellows

The RSL would like to thank its Patron Fellows for their kind support:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U W Z

Paul Bailey

Elected: 1999

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Sarah Bakewell

Elected: 2012

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John Banville

Elected: 2007

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Richard Barber

Elected: 1971

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Juliet Barker

Elected: 2001
Image credit: Helen Burrow

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Pat Barker

Elected: 1995
Image credit: Ellen Warner

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Honorary fellow

Nick Barley

Elected: 2018

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Correlli Barnett

Elected: 1964

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Sebastian Barry

Elected: 2009
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Susan Bassnett

Elected: 2007
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Jonathan Bate

Elected: 2004

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Laura Bates

Elected: 2018
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Martin Bax

Elected: 2002

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Dame Gillian Beer

Elected: 2006

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Antony Beevor

Elected: 1999

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Rosalind Belben

Elected: 1999

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Jay Bernard

Elected: 2018

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Hannah Berry

Elected: 2018
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Emily Berry

Elected: 2018

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Christopher Bigsby

Elected: 2000

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Dea Birkett

Elected: 2000

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Terence Blacker

Elected: 2017

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Malorie Blackman

Elected: 2009

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Sir Quentin Blake

Elected: 2013

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Ronald Blythe

Elected: 1970

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Ruth Borthwick

Elected: 2018

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William Boyd

Elected: 1982

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Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg)

Elected: 1971

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Piers Brendon

Elected: 2009

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Howard Brenton

Elected: 2017

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Simon Brett

Elected: 2015

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Robin Briggs

Elected: 1999

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Raymond Briggs

Elected: 1993

In the Library: Cross-hatching a plot

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Hugh Brogan

Elected: 1987

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Alan Brownjohn

Elected: 1999

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James Buchan

Elected: 2001

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Moira Buffini

Elected: 2014

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John Burnside

Elected: 1999
Image credit: Helmut Fricke

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Margaret Busby

Elected: 2017

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A.S. Byatt (Dame Antonia Byatt)

Elected: 1983

In the Library: Iris Murdoch, revisited

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