New RLF President Tracy Chevalier

Image credit: Jon Drori

Image credit: Jon Drori

Tracy Chevalier has replaced Sir Ronald Harwood as President of the Royal Literary Fund after the conclusion of his ten-year term.

Tracy says ‘I am honoured and humbled to be following in Ronald Harwood’s mighty footsteps as President of the RLF. It is still amazing to me that such a humane organisation exists. Whether from physical or mental hardship, bad luck, or the vagaries of the book industry, writers can fall all too easily into deep financial holes. The RLF is in the fortunate position of being able to give them a hand to climb back out.’

Sir Ronald, President from 2005 to 2015, said, ‘It is difficult for me to believe that my time as President of the Royal Literary Fund is up. My membership and then being President has been truly fulfilling. To help writers in financial difficulties, or their surviving partners similarly placed and to award pensions has been extremely rewarding. I wish Tracy Chevalier all the very best. I know the RLF could not be in better hands.’

About Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier FRSL is an historical novelist with dual US/UK citizenship. She has written seven novels and is best known for her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has sold over 5 million copies and was made into a 2003 film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. She in a Member of the Board of the British Library, and has just finished chairing the BL’s Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right. She is a Council Member of the Society of Authors and was Chair of its Management Committee from 2006 to 2008. She joined the Royal Literary Fund as a trustee in 2013.