The Royal Society of Literature has introduced 40 new Fellows under the age of 40, including The Poetry Review Editor Emily Berry, Poetry Society Members Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe (who has also been a guest editor of The Poetry Review), and Sabrina Mahfouz, and fellow poets Jay Bernard, Sophie Collins, Helen Mort, Kei Miller and Warsan Shire.
The 40 Under 40 initiative honours the achievements of Britain’s younger writers, and introduces a new generation of writers to the Society’s existing Fellowship of over 500.
In autumn 2017, a specially convened panel of RSL Fellows considered recommendations and writing samples submitted by literary agents, publishers, arts organisations, writer development agencies, theatres, and writers. After the panel made a group nomination to the RSL Council and Vice-Presidents, the forty new Fellows were elected. The nominating panel was: Tahmima Anam, Lisa Appignanesi, Helen Edmundson, Bernardine Evaristo, Lavinia Greenlaw, Alexandra Harris, David Hare, Blake Morrison, Daljit Nagra, Ali Smith and Sarah Waters. The panel was chaired by Kamila Shamsie.
The 40 Under 40 announcement was attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, the Society’s new Patron.
29 June 2018