The RSL receives no government or public funding. We depend upon the generosity of donors to run our education programme, as well as our awards and grants. If you would like to support any of our projects, please consider making a donation.

If you value the beauty and expressiveness of the English language, then the RSL is your Society, uniquely devoted to promoting and extending the knowledge and love of literature. But our work can never be taken for granted: we receive no public funding, and our subscription income goes only a small way to covering the costs of the programme of events we offer. We rely on the generosity of donors to help fund all that we do.

Colin Thubron
RSL President

How your gift could help:

  • £150 contributes to the development of our online library
  • £500 pays for one teachers’ masterclass
  • £1,000 enables us to host one schools outreach session
  • £2,500 covers the cost of a special event for 200 state secondary school pupils

For further information about donations and how they support the RSL, please contact Lucy Howard-Taylor or call 020 7845 4678.

Support us now

Any gift, small or large, makes a difference.

If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so in either of the following ways:

  • Call us on 020 7845 4678
  • Send us a cheque, made payable to ‘The Royal Society of Literature’, to:

Lucy Howard-Taylor
The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London WC2R 1LA

Gift Aid. You can make your donation work even harder if you are a UK taxpayer. For every £1 you give to the RSL we will receive an extra 25p from HMRC at no extra cost to you through the Gift Aid scheme. To join the scheme and enable the RSL to make these claims, we need a completed Gift Aid declaration form to accompany your donation.

Become a Patron. If you want to help us regularly, then consider becoming a Patron of the RSL. Enjoy a programme of special invitations and opportunities throughout the year while providing vital support to our core charitable work.
Find out more about becoming a Patron.