Poets Julia Copus, David Morley, and Pascale Petit are included in the Royal Society of Literature’s new intake of 31 Fellows, with Neil Astley, Ruth Borthwick, Kwame Dawes and Nathalie Teitler receiving Honorary Fellowships for ‘significant contribution to the advancement of literature’.
Election as a Fellow of the RSL is a uniquely prestigious literary honour, awarded by writers to writers. To be elected, a writer must have published at least two works of outstanding literary merit (or equivalent material), in any literary form. The total number of Fellows currently stands at around 500. Newly-elected Fellows are introduced each year at the RSL’s Summer Party. While the RSL Chair, Lisa Appignanesi, reads a citation for each, they are invited to sign their names in the Roll Book which dates back to the Society’s incorporation under Royal Charter in 1825.
The Council of the RSL elects as Honorary Fellows those who have rendered special service to the Society, or who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature, for example as publishers, agents, booksellers, literature professionals or producers. While the President reads a citation for each, they are invited to sign their names in the Roll Book – which includes the signatures of Fellows since the Society’s foundation in 1820 – using either T S Eliot’s fountain pen or Byron’s pen, or – new for 2018 – George Eliot’s pen.
18 June 2018