On the Same Page – StAnza
March 6, 2020
With Jay Bernard, Sophie Collins and Sabrina Mahfouz
Three Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature reflect on writing in Britain 200 years after the society was founded
What’s So Great About E.M. Forster?
March 16, 2020
With Deborah Levy, Laurence Scott, Preti Taneja, Shahidha Bari
50 years after E.M. Forster’s death, we celebrate one of Britain’s most esteemed novelists with writers influenced by his work.
Keepers of the Flame
March 26, 2020
With Mark Ford, Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee
Alan Hollinghurst and Mark Ford remember their close friend, the poet Mick Imlah who died in 2009. They discuss the things that writers leave behind, and the things that shape their work from the first.
Literature Matters: RSL 200 – Stephen Fry and Meera Syal
April 14, 2020
With Stephen Fry and Meera Syal
In the first Literature Matters: RSL 200 event, RSL Fellows Stephen Fry and Meera Syal will discuss their writing across forms – from sketch comedy to poetry, independently and in collaboration, written and performed – that has elevated them each to the status of national treasure.
May 11, 2020
With Nimco Ali, Maggie Gee, Laurie Penny, Shahidha Bari
Three writers explore what happens when women fail to meet the expectations of society, and how literature can confront monstrosity in woman’s form.
May 22, 2020
With Amrou Al-Kadhi, Tom Rasmussen, Shahidha Bari
Marking the National Portrait Gallery’s major ‘Bright Young Things’ exhibition of Cecil Beaton’s work, two contemporary writers and drag performers consider dressing up, self-portraiture and autobiographical writing, and the shifting grounds for queer expression over the last 100 years.