A Lament for the Lost

Like the artists, poets and writers of the era, the world was also robbed of many of its brightest musical talents. In the latest edition of Overseas Stephen Johns, Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, looks back at the composers who were lost during the First World War, and those whose experiences informed their later works. 

A Man of Words

From working to establish peace in Kashmir to creating a crime-busting anti-hero, former Indian Foreign Secretary and diplomat Krishnan Srinivasan tells Amber Cowan about his colourful life 

AMC 2018: Meet the Judges

Monday night saw the crowning of this year's Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, as saxophonist Jonathan Radford worked away with the £15,000 first prize. But the task of choosing between the finalists is no easy decision. A adjudication panel of ten renowned figures from the industry, musicians, principals, and journalists among their ranks, were responsible for making the final call, all ably led by Principal of the Central School for Speech and Drama, Gavin Henderson CBE. Last year, Gavin sat down with Overseas to discuss his lifelong dedication to bringing together different aspects of the arts, the struggle for recognition – and the power of the idea.

Architecture of Wellbeing

The ancient Greeks based entire cities around the idea of improving our health through design, but somewhere along the way these ideas were forgotten. In the latest edition of Overseas, Abi Millar asks whether the built environment can return to these ideals and make us healthier. 

Caine Prize 2018 Winner Announced

Congratulations to Makena Onjerika, winner of the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing, with her short story Fanta Blackcurrant. 

Caine Prize 2019: Members Choose Their Winner

A huge congratulations to Nigerian writer Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor, whose short story All Our Lives has been chosen as the recipient of this year's ROSL Readers' Award. 

Charted Waters

Ocean protection is a global issue that needs an international response. Step in the Commonwealth, whose Adviser on Oceans Governance, Jeff Ardron, explains the leading role the organisation is playing with its Blue Charter in the latest issue of Overseas.

Climate Change Glossary

Ahead of the release of the upcoming edition of Overseas on Saturday, which discusses our environmental impact on the world, here's a refresher on some of the oft-used terms in the current climate change debate. 

Collector's Edition

Once seen as the sole preserve of the elite, the realm of art cllection is these days attracting young blood to its ranks. Step forward Robert Diament (left), an avid collector and Director of the Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate. In the latest edition of Overseashe tells Ross Davies about hanging out with Tracey Emin, the seaside life and why contemporary art should be accessible to all. 

Conquering the Mountain

This year’s Winter Paralympics and Commonwealth Games have put para sports centre stage, but does the positive portrayal of para-athletes at the elite level filter down to society at large? In the latest edition of OverseasMark Brierley find out how one small Canadian town is making sure it does. 

Creativity in Isolation

ROSL launched its brand new Composition Award in March and despite the upheaval the world has seen since, our period of enforced isolation could prove creatively rewarding for entrants. Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of the judges for the award, discusses where she gets her inspiration from and the importance of nurturing young talent. 

Crossing the (Ethical) Line First

With the Tour de France due to begin in just five days, we look back at Ross Davies' report in the most recent edition of Overseas, which asks the question of how the public's perception of elite sport has changed given the accusations of doping that have tainted so many different disciplines. 

Designing Out Crime

Can crime ever be designed out of the urban landscape? If so, where doe the line blue between creating safe spaces and fortress-like environments? These are questions still dividing the architectural community, as Ross Davies reports in the latest edition of Overseas

Drawn to Architecture

To coincide with the new edition Overseaswhich is due out next week and takes architecture as its theme, the clubhouse will also play host to a new exhibition from Thursday 12 September; Drawn to Architecture

Drawn To Architecture Private View

Last night saw the launch of ROSL's latest exhibition, Drawn to Architecture, which sees 11 artists displayed around the clubhouse, who work in a range of media, but all who take architecture as their subject. 

Dressed to Kill

Margaret Adrian-Vallance looks at how 18th and 19th century fashions produced international debate, grisly deaths and ROSL’s own historic staircase.

English Without the English

With Brexit negotiations underway, English may be removed as an official EU language. Could this be just what it takes for a new form of English – Euro English – to evolve? In the latest edition of Overseas, Abi Millar chats to Dr Marko Modiano, author of a recent paper on the subject, about the link between politics and language change. 

Fashion Victim

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world, with cheap, readily available clothing, and everchanging trends contributing heavily to the problem. How can the industry become more conscious of its impact, and how can we as consumers use our power to make environmentally sound buying decisions? Abi Millar finds out in the latest edition of Overseas

Feeding the Future

One third of all food produced annually around the world is lost or wasted. With the global population set to hit ten billion by 2050, how can we produce more, waste less, and eat the foodstuffs that limit our environmental impact? Abi Millar finds out in the latest edition of Overseas

Finding the Middle Ground

Is the UK government's growing focus on the national interest set to dilute the impact of aid spending in the years to come or can a balance be struck where everyone wins? Elly Earls investigates in the latest edition of Overseas

Finding Your Tribe

The most obscure of pastimes can now find a home on the internet and a community with which to share it. Has our collective identity changed now that people are free to indulge their passions? In the latest edition of OverseasAbi Millar asks whether the old signifiers such as class, nationality, or wealth are becoming increasingly obsolete. 

Fit for a Duchess

ROSL’s London clubhouse is made up of three buildings, one of which, Rutland House, is now hidden from view behind the Westminster Wing. It is not forgotten, however, as Juliet Learmouth uncovers the history of this building and its unusual gestation in the latest issue of Overseas

Form and Function

Sustainability accreditation schemes have transformed the built environment but is there too much emphasis on ticking the boxes? In the latest edition of OverseasElly Earls meets Simon Sturgis of Targeting Zero and the Singapore Green Building Council’s Yvonne Soh to find out. 

Fringe Benefits: Decades in the Making

2018 marks the 19th year ROSL has returned to Scotland for its annual award-winning series of concerts at the Fringe, but our connection to the Edinburgh International Festival actually goes back much further. 

From Oldham With Love

In the latest edition of Overseas,ceramic artist Connor Coulston tells Mark Brierley how his hometown and family feature heavily in his work. 

From the Archives: Equality in Sport

To celebrate the upcoming edition of Overseas, due out on 1 June, we look back at one of the sporting articles featured in a 1920 issue of the journal. Writer F C Yardley argues that women's growing role in public life should be accompanied by a similar emancipation in women's fashion, particularly when it comes to suitable attire in sport. Read the full article below. 

From the Archives: Happy Christmas from Sir Evelyn Wrench

A Christmas message from the December 1938 edition of Overseas, sees our founder Sir Evelyn Wrench reiterate the founding principles of ROSL. 

From the Archives: Hilary Mantel

ROSL has welcomed many famous literary figures over the years, including AA Milne, Rudyard Kipling and even Barbara Cartland. More recently, ROSL member Hilary Mantel gave in interview to Overseas in 2010. 

From the Archives: King of Care

In a 2010 edition of Overseas,Adele Smith explains why Evelyn Wrench brought Dr Truby King to London after he halved infant deaths in New Zealand. 

From the Archives: Lord Mountbatten

Next month will mark 40 years since the untimely death of Lord Louis Mountbatten at the hands of the IRA in Donegal Bay. Serving as ROSL President from 1942 until his death, this article from the December 1942 edition of Overseas, by Hector Bolitho, introduces him to members.