The Royal Literary Fund has been sponsoring lectures at literary festivals since 2014. Starting with a carefully selected few, it has gradually expanded this initiative. In 2017 it supported eleven festivals, some large and well-known, others smaller but nonetheless distinctive, across the length and breadth of Britain. The RLF values the educational and imaginative encounters between writers and readers that festivals foster. It enthusiastically supports this rich culture and the proper payment of the writers upon which it depends. For details of this year’s programme see below. The map underneath shows the spread of festivals supported in the past.