Royal Society of Literature

The newest fellows of the Royal Society of Literature were announced in a ceremony in London, UK on July 12, 2022. Here are the writers of African descent on that list.

The Royal Society of Literature was founded to “reward literary merit and excite literary talent” in 1820. Representing the voice of literature in the UK, it has about 600 Fellows, elected from among the best writers in any genre currently at work. They include the very best novelists, short-story writers, poets, playwrights, graphic fiction writers, biographers, historians, travel writers, literary critics and scriptwriters at work today. Honorary Fellows are those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, librarians, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to the Society.

The newest group of fellows were inducted at a ceremony at the Battersea Arts Centre in London last night. There were three categories of fellows being announced in the evening; the writers of African descent among the honoured are;

Benson Medal 2022

Honours a whole career rather than a single work and is often awarded to those who are not writers, but who have done conspicuous service to literature. It is named in honour of A.C. Benson, scholar, author and RSL Fellow.

  • Sandra Agard

Royal Society of Literature Fellows 2022

A writer who has published or produced two works of outstanding literary merit.

  • Sulaiman Addonia
  • Malika Booker
  • Kayo Chingonyi
  • Michaela Coel
  • Fred D’Aguiar
  • Ferdinand Dennis,
  • Bonnie Greer
  • Karen McCarthy Woolf
  • Musa Okwonga
  • Monique Roffey
  • Lemn Sissay

Honorary Fellows 2022

Honorary Fellows are those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, librarians, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to the Society.

  • Sandra A Agard
  • Adjoa Andoh
  • Joy Francis