After reading French and German literature at Oxford, Steve Cook joined Cassell as Reference Publisher. In the early 1990s, he persuaded the company to launch the UK’s first trade list of lesbian & gay studies titles. In 1998, he joined Lord Michael Young’s School for Social Entrepreneurs and shortly after was recruited by the Royal Literary Fund to set up its Fellowship Programme. He has placed more than 600 authors into over 100 universities where they help students with their academic writing. Under his direction, RLF Fellows have also produced hundreds of podcasts and online articles on writerly topics. He recruited the team who created www.writersmosaic.org.uk –the UK’s first online platform for writers of colour, launched by the RLF in 2021.
Fellows are nominated by peers and elected by our Council of writers – our governing Board. Being elected a Fellow of the RSL is a lifetime honour. This role gives them the opportunity to support other writers, readers and the future of literature. The RSL connects writers in the Fellowship to one another, and to a wider readership.