Victoria Glendenning

Victoria Glendenning

Victoria Glendinning, CBE is a biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. She is Vice-President of the RSL and an Honorary Vice-President of English PEN. Her biography of Edith Sitwell won her the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize, and Vita: the Life of V. Sackville-West and Trollope were awarded the Whitbread Biography Award. In 1998 she was…

Philip Gross

Philip Gross

Philip Gross has published more than twenty poetry collections, including The Water Table, winner of the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009.  He has also published ten novels for young people, and is an insatiable collaborator across art forms, as with artist Valerie Coffin Price on A Fold In The River, and with composer Benjamin Frank Vaughan on The King in the Car Park, a cantata…

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with sixty-something books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Award, among others. He is a past chair of the SoA and the Translators Association, and on the board of a number of…

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

Tom Holland is a British writer of medieval and classical history. His book Rubicon: the Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic was awarded the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He has served as Chair of the Management Committee and on the committee of the Classical Association.

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd, CBE, CLit is an English biographer and served as Chair of the Management Committee from 1973 to 1983, as well as president of the RSL from 2003 to 2008. In 1985 he served three years as president of the English branch of PEN and in 2006 was awarded the Golden PEN Award. He has…

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight works of fiction have earned him many awards and honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature (2017) and the Booker Prize (1989). His work has been translated into over fifty languages. The Remains of…

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones, FRS is a geneticist, regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph and award-winning author of books on the subject of evolution, such as The Language of the Genes. In 1996 he was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize, and in 2011 became President of The Association for Science Education.

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively, DBE, FRSL has written fiction for both children and adults. She won the Booker Prize with her novel Moon Tiger and the Carnegie Medal with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe. She has also been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and has won the Whitbread Award. She is a Fellow of the RSL, served for six years on…

David Lodge

David Lodge

David Lodge, CBE is an author and literary critic. He has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, has won the Hawthornden Prize for his book Changing Places and has written several screenplays and stage plays. In 1997 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and in 1998…

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel, DBE, FRSL has won the Booker Prize twice for her books Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She has also received the Hawthornden Prize, Costa Book of the Year award, Walter Scott prize and David Cohen award. In 2006 she was appointed CBE and in 2014 was appointed DBE. She has served on the Management Committee.