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Library Life is tweet: Margaret Atwood on her passion for new technology

Your 400,000 Twitter followers are a bit of a mystery to some writers. What’s it all for? Who are they? Is it for publicity/fame/money/fun/sharing information? I don’t know why short-form writing is considered odd. People have been doing it ever since …

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Library Philip Pullman, Frances Wilson and Jenny Uglow on the e-book

My little electronic friend Philip Pullman Are we on the cusp of the greatest revolution in information technology since Gutenberg invented movable type, as we keep being told? Or is the e-book a fuss in the pan, a flash about nothing? No one knows yet …

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Returning to in person events

While we are thrilled to be returning to some in-person events, we have committed to continuing broadcasting all RSL events online into 2022.  Since March 2020, all RSL events have taken place online and we have been so pleased to meet literature lover …

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RSL News RSL Autumn/Winter 2021 Season Announced!

We’re delighted to announce our programme of events for Autumn/Winter 2021! We’ve missed you and hope you’re as excited about what’s in store as we are. As you’ll see, while we are thrilled to be able to schedule a number of in-person events, we have c …

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Dalloway Day

‘However strange your experience, other people have had it too’—Virginia Woolf, ‘On Being Ill’ Every year on ‘a Wednesday in mid-June’, the RSL celebrates the work and legacy of Virginia Woolf. On Wednesday 17 June, our first ever virtual Dalloway Day …

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RSL News Announcing Our Autumn/Winter Events Season

‘It’s time to get ready for my prep school. I go shopping with my mother for my uniform and I think, My God, so many clothes.’ Musa Okwonga, One of Them  As teachers and pupils heads back to school, it’s our writer friends and Fellows who have been sha …

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Library Rory MacLean interviews Georg Salzmann on books that escaped Nazi bonfires

Most days a book lands on my doormat.  It may be a review copy from a publisher.  It may be from a second-hand dealer, arriving carefully wrapped with a short note attached, hoping that I’ll enjoy the read.  Opening the envelope always gives me a thril …

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RSL News Introducing our Digital Events Pass

With the RSL Digital Events Pass you get access to all our online events for just £25 for a year – working out as less than £1 per event. Be part of these events from home, and enjoy a literary festival all year round from wherever you are. Buy your pa …

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Digital Events Pass

The RSL has moved its world-class events programme online, and we’re excited to announce a new Digital Events Pass for 2021. With the Pass you get access to all our events for just £25 for a year – working out as less than £1 per event. When we return …

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RSL Fellow Steve Cook

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Elected as an RSL Fellow 2022

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 Michae …

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