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:

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Amy Sackville

Elected: 2018
Image credit: Sarah Clark Photography

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Sunjeev Sahota

Elected: 2018

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Lawrence Sail

Elected: 1998
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Fiona Sampson

Elected: 2010

In the Library: Tales of two cities

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Polly Samson

Elected: 2018

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Sathnam Sanghera

Elected: 2016

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Honorary fellow

John Saumarez Smith

Elected: 1996

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J.J. Scarisbrick

Elected: 1969

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Simon Schama

Elected: 2016

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Ann Schlee

Elected: 1997

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Michael Schmidt

Elected: 1993

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Honorary fellow

Patricia Schute

Elected: 1991

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Roger Scruton

Elected: 2003

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Peter Scupham

Elected: 1990
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Ruth Scurr

Elected: 2015

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Simon Sebag-Montefiore

Elected: 2003

In the Library: Stalin and the writers

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Elisa Segrave

Elected: 2001

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Richard Sennett

Elected: 1999

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Vikram Seth

Elected: 1994

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Miranda Seymour

Elected: 1996

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Nicholas Shakespeare

Elected: 1999

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Kamila Shamsie

Elected: 2011

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Jo Shapcott

Elected: 1999
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Warsan Shire

Elected: 2018
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Elaine Showalter

Elected: 2011
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Posy Simmonds

Elected: 2004

In the Library: Cross-hatching a plot

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Helen Simpson

Elected: 1996
Image credit: Derek Thomson

In the Library: Forty Under Forty

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Andrew Sinclair

Elected: 1972

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Iain Sinclair

Elected: 2009

In the Library: On the Beats: Iain Sinclair

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Adam Sisman

Elected: 2015

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Robert Skidelsky (Lord Skidelsky)

Elected: 1978

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Gillian Slovo

Elected: 2013

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Ali Smith

Elected: 2007

In the Library: Telling Tales

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Zadie Smith

Elected: 2002
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Deborah Smith

Elected: 2018

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Stephen Sondheim

Elected: 2012

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Ahdaf Soueif

Elected: 2002
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Wole Soyinka

Elected: 1983

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Frances Spalding

Elected: 1984

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Francis Spufford

Elected: 2007
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John Spurling

Elected: 2010

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Hilary Spurling

Elected: 2005

In the Library: Raj duet 

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Edward St Aubyn

Elected: 2011

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William St Clair

Elected: 1973

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Tom Stacey

Elected: 1977

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Martin Stannard

Elected: 1999

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C.K. Stead

Elected: 1995
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George Steiner

Elected: 1962

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Polly Stenham

Elected: 2018

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Rory Stewart

Elected: 2005

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Stanley Stewart

Elected: 2001

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Frances Stonor Saunders

Elected: 2018

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Sir Tom Stoppard

Elected: 1972
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Sir Roy Strong

Elected: 1999

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Andrea Stuart

Elected: 2014

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Kate Summerscale

Elected: 2010

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John Sutherland

Elected: 1990

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Honorary fellow

David Sutton

Elected: 2012

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Graham Swift

Elected: 1984

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Meera Syal

Elected: 2016

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Michael Symmons Roberts

Elected: 2014
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George Szirtes

Elected: 1982

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