"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

P.D. James

P.D. James

We are sad to learn of the death of P.D James. Read her discussion of crime writing with Ruth Rendell.


 
Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

We are very grateful to Bath Spa University for their generous support of the RSL autumn/winter season of events.


 
Library

Library

Listen to past RSL events, and read selected RSL Review articles. A recent addition includes the audio recording of our event 'Beginning, middle and end'.


 
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

Jan 2015
Wed
21

Filming Testament of Youth

Rosie Alison, Mark Bostridge, Joanna Scanlan

 
Feb 2015
Tue
3

Reflections on war

Edna O’Brien, Andrew O’Hagan, Kate Tempest

 
Feb 2015
Thu
19

 
Feb 2015
Tue
24

An eye for life

Ali Smith, Marion Coutts

 

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


 

Jan 2015
Wed
21

Filming Testament of Youth

Rosie Alison, Mark Bostridge, Joanna Scanlan

 
Feb 2015
Tue
3

Reflections on war

Edna O’Brien, Andrew O’Hagan, Kate Tempest

 
Feb 2015
Thu
19

 
Feb 2015
Tue
24

An eye for life

Ali Smith, Marion Coutts

 
Apr 2015
Wed
29

Consider the seahorse

Andrew Motion

 
Jun 2015
Mon
15

Finding Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

 
Jul 2015
Wed
1

New stories for old

Natalie Haynes, Helen Oyeyemi, Dubravka Ugresic

 

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