The ROSL Literary Series aims to explore a wide range of themes and topics, sometimes engaging with immediate issues of the day, and at others looking back into the past, but always using literature as an anchor, to provide inspiration and discussion amongst audiences and speakers alike. Events are open to all members, guests, Friends of ROSL ARTS and the public.
ROSL has welcomed in the past a vast number of authors, historians, biographers, broadcasters, diplomats and explorers. Previous speakers include Antonia Fraser, James Naughtie, James Suchet, P. D. James, Margaret Atwood, Ben Okri, Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Hilary Mantel.
The Caine Prize of £10,000 has been awarded annually since 2000 for a short story by an African writer published in English, and is widely recognised as Africa's leading literary award. It is named after Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker Plc and Chairman of the Booker Prize Management Committee for nearly 25 years. ROSL has been proud to support the Caine Prize since 2001, providing accommodation at Over-Seas House for the finalists during their short stay in London, and hosting the first reading by the authors.