Founded in 1820, the RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. They act as a voice for the value of literature, engage people in appreciating literature, and encourage and honour writers. Today, alongside a world-class events programme, they support authors both established and emerging with awards and grants, and manage an Outreach Programme to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.
At the heart of the RSL is its Fellowship, which encompasses the most distinguished writers working today. They build bridges between their Fellows and the reading public, so that their talents are shared as widely as possible.
Their Council, Chair and President – who are responsible for the direction and management of the RSL – are drawn from the Fellowship. Writers steer their vision and play a pivotal role in all activities.
They are reliant upon the support of their Members, Patrons, Fellows and friends to continue their work.