"People need to feel in their bones that the whole of English literature from Beowulf to Byron to Benjamin Zephaniah is theirs by right of inheritance. The RSL shows people what belongs to them, and welcomes them into it. "

Philip Pullman

Latest from the RSL

2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize

2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize

On 19 May Sir Christopher Ondaatje presented Alan Johnson with the £10,000 prize for 'This Boy'.


 
Library

Library

Listen to past RSL events, and read selected RSL Review articles. A recent addition includes the audio recording of our event with Richard Eyre.


 
Become a Member

Become a Member

Membership of the Royal Society of Literature is open to all. Benefits include free entry to our events and a complimentary subscription to the RSL Review.


 
Words in Air

Words in Air

Words in Air is a new app that offers you a unique way into poetry: poetry-in-place, in the palm of your hand. Enjoy a poem instantly, on the very spot which sparked its creation.


 

Forthcoming Events

Sep 2014
Thu
11

The lives of others

Hilary Mantel, Harriet Walter

 
Sep 2014
Sat
27

 
Oct 2014
Thu
2

Writing wrongs

John Burnside, John Pickett

 

Listen Again

Listen Again

The RSL's lectures and discussions are recorded by the British Library. Recordings of our meetings from the past decade are uploaded onto the site. 


 

RSL Review

RSL Review

The Royal Society of Literature publishes a biannual magazine; read more about the RSL Review, including selected articles from past editions


 

Support

Support

The Royal Society of Literature is a registered charity and receives no government funding. Discover how to donate and sponsor the RSL


 

Sep 2014
Thu
11

The lives of others

Hilary Mantel, Harriet Walter

 
Sep 2014
Sat
27

 
Oct 2014
Thu
2

Writing wrongs

John Burnside, John Pickett

 
Oct 2014
Wed
22

The Sri Lankan novel

V.V. Ganeshananthan, Romesh Gunesekera, Razia Iqbal

 
Nov 2014
Wed
5

Writing about monsters

Richard Davenport-Hines, Lucy Hughes-Hallett

 
 

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