Throughout 2020, as part of our bicentenary celebrations, we have curated a special series of conversations: On The Same Page brings together RSL Fellows who would not normally share a stage, to discuss the role of the writer in uncertain political times. Elected by their writer peers, each new RSL Fellow signs the Society’s historic Roll Book, bearing signatures from 1825 to 2019. On The Same Page brings together writers who signed the same page of the book, to reflect on their own experiences and explore literature in Britain today.
These writers were all due to share a stage at various UK literature festivals, so we collaborated with BBC Radio 3’s ‘Free Thinking’ to adapt them for broadcast, and these episodes are also available on the BBC Arts and Ideas podcast.
Fellows Anne Fine and Romesh Gunesekera were both elected to the RSL in 2004. In this conversation, hosted by BBC presenter and writer Shahidha Bari, they describe their writing to each other and discuss the writer’s life. You can listen to the episode here. This was part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.