The RSL Spring Events Series is now live!

This spring the RSL public programme will be popping up in some new spaces, featuring literary luminaries alongside emerging voices, celebrating iconic texts alongside new writing, UK writers as well as writers from across the Americas. 

The RSL Lecture will be a feature of this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival where Anthony Joseph will speak about ‘The Architecture of Longing’ in poetry. 

Anne Michaels, an RSL International Writer, will be here from Toronto offering a lecture on poetry in memory of poet Wanda Barford.

Michaels will also be in conversation with Claire Messud on their latest novels, tracing intergenerational family memories across borders. A rare opportunity to see the two writers in conversation together, chaired by Elif Shafak.

Marlon James will be in conversation with Bernardine Evaristo, marking the tenth anniversary of his Booker-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings which had a seismic impact on the literary world. 

Michael Cunningham will discuss his latest novel Day, a searing and intimate portrait of one family’s fracture over the pandemic. He will be in conversation with RSL Fellow Tash Aw

We also explore literary adaptations and where books intersect with other forms in our new Books+ series. This season we’ll look at David NichollsOne Day as he discusses the novel’s latest incarnation for Netflix with its screenwriter and executive producer, Nicole Taylor.

We’ll be foregrounding the overlooked Anne Brontë, subject of ‘Underdog: The Other Other Brontë’ which opens at the National Theatre in late March as we bring playwright Sarah Gordon in conversation with Samantha Ellis (author of Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life). 

All this and a few more surprises are coming up this season, offering you the chance to revisit old favourites and discover plenty of new ones. 

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