The Royal Society of Literature celebrates and nurtures all that is best in British literature, past and present. Founded by George IV in 1820, the RSL celebrates and nurtures all that is best in British literature, past and present. We organise talks and masterclasses, awards and prizes, run a School's Outreach Programme and campaign in the interest of literature and writers. Membership is open to all.
'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.’