Saturday, February 25, 2012

Royal Society of Literature Events

Royal Society of Literature

RSL Event: Friday 2 March at 12.30pm

Claire Tomalin & John Carey
Charles Dickens: The best of men, the worst of men

Chaired by Maggie Fergusson

This event is now sold out. However, a limited number of returned tickets may be available on the door.

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

 RSL Event: Monday 5 March at 7pm

Karen Armstrong
What is religion?

Chaired by Colin Thubron

In response to escalating religious fundamentalism and division, Karen Armstrong argues that religion has more to do with behaviour than belief, and urges us to make compassion 'a clear, luminous, and dynamic force in our polarised world'.

Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG

To book tickets, ring 020 7520 1490.

RSL V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2012

We are pleased to announce that this year's prize for the best unpublished short story is now open. The winner will receive £1,000 and their entry will be published in Prospect and the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2012.

Download the rules and entry form from our website.

RSL/Man Booker Masterclasses
There is still time to enter the ballot for a place on Hanif Kureishi's Masterclass, The Art of Writing Fiction (14 April at Somerset House, London), and David Almond's Masterclass, Crossover Fiction (26 May at The Lit and Phil Library, Newcastle).

Applicants should email their names to Rachel Page by 6pm, Friday 2 March.

For more details, visit
our Masterclass page.   

RSL Review 2012

The latest edition of the RSL Review is now available. Articles include:
Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion and John Carey on the new Elizabethan literature
Robert Binyon on the writer's role in the current economic crisis
Claire Tomalin and Victoria Glendinning on the art of biography

Non-RSL events which may be of interest:

Monday [27 February], [6.30]pm


Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG

Poet in the City invites you to a very special celebration of one of the nation's favourite poets. Featuring the ex-Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, this event will explore the life and work of the great giant of Victorian verse, with a fascinating twist that links him directly to 2012.

Fellows and Members of the RSL and their friends can buy tickets at a special discounted price of £7.50.
On contacting the box office to book they should simply quote the code: PINC1
Box office tel. 020 7520 1490.
Standard tickets are available online at

Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2012

Mslexia 2012 Women's Short Story Competition is for previously unpublished stories of up to 2,200 words by women writers.

Judged by Tessa Hadley.

1st Prize
:    £2,000 plus a week's writing retreat at Chawton House Library and a day with a Virago editor
2nd Prize:   £500
3rd Prize:    £250
Three other finalists will win £100 each, and all winning stories will be published in issue 54 of Mslexia.

CLOSING DATE: 19 March 2012
Entry fee: £10 per story. Professional critiquing service £45 per story.
Contact us: 0191 233 3860 / /


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The Undershaw Alliance

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