Become a Patron

Envisaged by the late P.D. James OBE FRSL, our Patrons programme is instrumental to our work and vision for the future, and provides vital financial support for our outreach in disadvantaged schools, portfolio of awards and prizes, and annual programme of talks, discussions and readings.

Good books have the power to challenge prejudice and transform lives. They provoke debate and provide comfort, entertainment, companionship and information. I support the RSL so that everyone can have access to, and enjoy, good literature – now and in the future.

Alice Jolly
RSL Patron

Patrons receive all benefits of RSL Membership, plus exclusive invitations to literary events, such as the RSL Ondaatje Prize dinner in May, and other partner events throughout the year.

Thank you to our Patron Fellows and Members for their generosity over the past twelve months:

Patron Fellows

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Sir Antony Beevor FRSL
Artemis Cooper FRSL
Lord Egremont FRSL
Michael Frayn C Lit FRSL and Claire Tomalin FRSL
Sir David Hare FRSL
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Hilary Mantel DBE FRSL
Ian McEwan CBE FRSL
J. K. Rowling OBE FRSL
Lord Skidelsky of Tilton FRSL
Jacqueline Wilson DBE FRSL

Patron Members

Colin Chisholm
Olivia Hoare
Alice Jolly
Philip Kerr
Marsh Christian Trust
Elena Oderstone
Basil Postan

The Patron scheme

The RSL is a registered charity; we could not continue to work for readers and writers without the generous support of our Patrons who share our passion for literature.

Our Patron donations start at £1,000 per year and go towards all areas of our work.

As a Patron Member you will be able to:

  • Take advantage of priority booking of guaranteed free tickets for you and a guest to all of our public events
  • Attend exclusive events including awards ceremonies
  • Receive the annual RSL Review magazine
  • Attend the RSL summer party and presentation of new Fellows ceremony
  • Take part in RSL Members’ Book Groups
  • Support our charitable aims as the national voice for the value of literature.

To sign up as a Patron online:

Click here to join now

Alternatively, you can download the brochure, please fill out the form on page 3 and return to us.

Any gift, large or small, makes a difference. If you wish to make a smaller gift, please consider making a donation.