History is in the Making – Competition and Anthology
Royal Society of Literature
by Martha Stenhouse
1w ago
To celebrate our bicentenary, 20 current RSL Fellows have contributed to a brand new anthology that recognises some of their favourite writers of the past 200 years. Launched earlier this month, the digital version introduces readers around the world to writers such as Andrea Dunbar, Parv Bancil and Saki. You can access it online here – each article makes for a perfect tea-break read! Many thanks to all of our contributing writers for their inspiring pieces. Are you a teacher? Alongside our anthology, we’re running a competition for 13-18 year olds to tell us whic ..read more
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2022’s RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction announced
Royal Society of Literature
by Tom Wright
1M ago
Established in 2017, the RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards support writers on their first commissioned works of non-fiction with 3 awards – one of £10,000, one of £5,000 and one of £2,500. The three recipients for 2022 are Nuzha Nuseibeh, Ellen Atlanta and Malachi McIntosh. This year’s Awards were judged by: Homi K. Bhahba, Fiona St Aubyn and Violet Moller. The winners are announced in a series of videos produced by illustrator and animator PeiHsin Cho. These feature recordings of the judges informing the winners of their Awards for the first time. All three will be available to watch on the RSL’s You ..read more
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2022’s RSL Literature Matters Awards announced
Royal Society of Literature
by Tom Wright
1M ago
Now in their fifth year, the RSL Literature Matters Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake new literary projects that extend the reach of literature. Seven projects from writers working across multiple disciplines and forms have been chosen by judges Melanie Abrahams, Sophie Collins and Ian Duhig. These Awards are made possible by the generous donations and legacies of RSL Fellows, and by the support of our Literature Matters Supporters’ Circle. Previous recipients of the Awards have included Anita Sethi, Pascale Petit, Mi ..read more
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Second group of RSL International Writers announced
Royal Society of Literature
by Tom Wright
2M ago
As part of the ongoing RSL 200 festival, we are delighted to announce a new group of 12 International Writers as part of the The RSL International Writers programme. RSL 200, a five-year festival with a series of major new initiatives, features 60 new appointments championing the great diversity of writing and writers in the UK. The RSL International Writers programme is an award recognising the contribution of writers across the globe to literature in English, and the power of literature to transcend borders to bring people together. A life-long honour, new writers will be invited to join the ..read more
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Her Majesty the Queen
Royal Society of Literature
by Martha Stenhouse
3M ago
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II (1926-2022) We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96. Under the patronage of Her Majesty, between 1953 and 2018, the Society grew into a vibrant and outward-facing organisation, one that celebrates literature for everyone. Alongside 15 Prime Ministers, the Queen oversaw seven Poets Laureate in John Masefield, Cecil Day-Lewis, John Betjeman, Ted Hughes, Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. In the summer of 2018, when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall took on patronage of the RSL and att ..read more
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Announcing Our Autumn/Winter Events Season
Royal Society of Literature
by Lily Blacksell
5M ago
‘It’s time to get ready for my prep school. I go shopping with my mother for my uniform and I think, My God, so many clothes.’ Musa Okwonga, One of Them  As teachers and pupils heads back to school, it’s our writer friends and Fellows who have been sharpening their pencils, writing their books, making their notes and preparing to take part in our eclectic Autumn/Winter Season.  Join us for a range of events, online and in-person, covering life-writing, script writing, Romanticism, grime, fame and plenty more besides.   September began in Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives f ..read more
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Our thoughts with Salman Rushdie
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by Martha Stenhouse
5M ago
‘Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things – childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves – that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.’ – Salman Rushdie  We’re sending strength to Salman Rushdie, RSL Fellow, and his family during this time of recovery. The post Our thoughts with Salman Rushdie appeared first on Royal Society of Literature ..read more
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New Event with Jamaica Kincaid and Paul Mendez Announced
Royal Society of Literature
by Martha Stenhouse
5M ago
Ahead of the launch of our full autumn/winter 2022 season, we are please to announce this special event – Among the Flowers: Jamaica Kincaid in Conversation with Paul Mendez. Jamaica Kincaid is one of the most highly-acclaimed writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. She is also a dedicated gardener. In celebration of their fiftieth birthday, Jamaica’s first UK publisher, Picador, are reissuing five of her books: Annie John, Among Flowers, Lucy, At the Bottom of the River and The Autobiography of My Mother. To mark the occasion, we are headi ..read more
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2022 Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Benson Medal
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by Chris Mill
7M ago
We are delighted to announce the new RSL Fellows and Honorary Fellows for 2022, including our first cohort of Fellows elected through RSL Open, and the recipient of the 2022 Benson Medal.  In the largest mass induction in the RSL’s history, nearly 100 Fellows and Honorary Fellows signed our historic Roll Book with a famous writer’s pen. This year was the first time writers could use Andrea Levy or Jean Rhys’s pens, introduced to our collection for our 200th birthday in 2020, or Arnold Wesker’s pen, new for this year. 2022 RSL FellowsTo be nominated as a Fellow, a writer must ha ..read more
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Dalloway Day 2022
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by Chris Mill
8M ago
Every year, on a ‘Wednesday in mid-June’, Dalloway Day celebrates Virginia Woolf’s work and legacy. And 2022 was certainly no different! We partnered with BBC Radio 3, the British Library, Lit Hub, The London Library and Write & Shine on a programme of workshops, conversations and a film screening, reimagining and examining Woolf’s writing today. Huge thanks to everyone who tuned-in and our wonderful speakers Yomi Adegoke, Elif Batuman, Merve Emre, Irenosen Okojie, Gemma Seltzer, Elaine Showalter and Kabe Wilson. Re-watch/ listen back to Dalloway Day 2022: Virginia’s Party with M ..read more
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