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Philip Pullman

Latest from the RSL

Library

Library

Listen to past RSL events, and read selected RSL Review articles. Recent additions include audio recordings of our Silver spoons and Penelope Fitzgerald events.


 
V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2014

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2014

The 2014 prize, for unpublished short stories, is now open for submissions.


 
The RSL Brookleaze Grants

The RSL Brookleaze Grants

Applications are now open for The RSL Brookleaze Grants for writers.


 
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.


 

Forthcoming Events

Apr 2014
Mon
28

Auden and us

Alexander McCall Smith, Edward Mendelson

 
May 2014
Wed
21

On Tove Jansson

Ali Smith, Thomas Teal

 
May 2014
Mon
26

 
Jun 2014
Sun
1

To tell the truth

Helen Garner, Helen Simpson

 

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


 

Apr 2014
Mon
28

Auden and us

Alexander McCall Smith, Edward Mendelson

 
May 2014
Wed
21

On Tove Jansson

Ali Smith, Thomas Teal

 
May 2014
Mon
26

 
Jun 2014
Sun
1

To tell the truth

Helen Garner, Helen Simpson

 
Jun 2014
Wed
11

At home with penguins

Tim Blackburn, Vicky Fyson, Sara Wheeler

 
Jun 2014
Sun
15

On Character

Bernardine Evaristo

 
Jun 2014
Mon
16

 
Jun 2014
Sat
21

What we remember

Penelope Lively

 
Jul 2014
Wed
2

Beginning, middle and end

Karin Altenberg, Jessie Burton, Michael Holroyd, Deborah Moggach

 

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