RSL Review


The RSL Review

We publish a much-acclaimed biannual magazine, RSL – The Royal Society of Literature Review, which features a wide variety of articles about writing and writers. Upon its publication in February and September a complimentary copy of the magazine is sent to all Members and Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature.


Print Copies

It is available through branches of Waterstone’s, selected newsagents and independent bookshops. Alternatively, you can buy copies both of the current issue and of previous issues direct from us for £5 plus £1.50 p&p. Please send a cheque, payable to ‘The Royal Society of Literature’, to The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA. 



Selected RSL Review articles can be read in our Library. Read Michael Morpurgo on children's literacy in the 2008 RSL Review; Philip Pullman, Frances Wilson and Jenny Uglow on the e-book from the 2010 edition; Tom Stoppard and Michael Holroyd interviewing themselves from 2005 and Carys Davies's winning short story for the 2011 V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize.

The February 2014 RSL Review

Highlights include Margaret Atwood on her passion for new technology, Margaret Drabble on her favourite novels of Angus Wilson, and Adam Foulds on the most precious book he owns.

Other Publications

A brief history of the Royal Society of Literature, by Isabel Quigly, is also available from the RSL office for £10 including p&p. 

Jan 2015

Filming Testament of Youth

Rosie Alison, Mark Bostridge, Joanna Scanlan

Feb 2015

Reflections on war

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

Feb 2015

Feb 2015

An eye for life

Ali Smith, Marion Coutts

Apr 2015

Consider the seahorse

Andrew Motion

Jun 2015

Finding Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Jul 2015

New stories for old

Natalie Haynes, Helen Oyeyemi, Dubravka Ugresic


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