About the RLF

The Royal Literary Fund is a benevolent fund for professional published authors; it is funded exclusively by bequests and donations from writers and others who wish to help writers.

We give help to writers in many different situations where personal or professional setbacks have resulted in loss of income. We also provide pensions for older writers who have seen their earnings decrease. This work helps around 200 writers every year.

An RLF Beneficiary

An RLF Fellow tutoring a student

The RLF also runs a Fellowship scheme for writers in partnership with universities. Writers work one-to-one with students, using their expertise in language and communication to help them develop their essay writing.

Writing Fellows are appointed based on their literary merit and aptitude for the role, and irrespective of their financial circumstances. This year 91 Fellows are working in 56 universities across the nations of the UK.

RLF Past and Present
Trustees
Tracy Chevalier, President
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE
Terence Blacker
Simon Brett, OBE
Richard Davenport-Hines
Maura Dooley
Dan Franklin
Frances Fyfield
Brenda Gardner
Philip Gwyn Jones
Hilary Hale
Nick Hern
Susan Hitch
Richard Holmes, OBE
Bruce Hunter
Paula Johnson
Mark Le Fanu, OBE
Colin Luke
Meg Rosoff
Michael Symmons Roberts
Joanna Trollope, OBE