The Royal Literary Fund Fellows

The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students. The principal aim of the Fellow's work is to foster good writing practice across disciplines and media. Each year Queen Mary University of London plays host to three Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who offer one-to-one tutorials to students and staff on all aspects of their writing. The scheme is co-ordinated by Learning Development.

For more information about the Royal Literary Fund, and the Fellowship scheme, take a look here.

RLF Fellows 2019/2020

We are happy to welcome back Andrew Martin and to introduce Stephen Brown as our RLF Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown is a writer, translator and dramaturg.
Stephen’s plays include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre, 2017), an adaptation of Rory Stewart’s memoir about attempting to govern a province in post-war Iraq, and Future Me (two UK and two US productions, 2007–9), which follows a successful young lawyer into jail and back out again after he is convicted of sex offences. Both are published by Oberon Books. He collaborated with Filter Theatre to script their fringe hit Faster (BAC, UK tour, 59E59 New York, 2003–5).
He has translated four books from German into English, most recently Norbert Scheuer’s The Language of Birds (Haus, 2018). He has worked as a dramaturg and script adviser on several shows, including the work of the dance theatre company, Clod Ensemble. He was previously a theatre critic (for Radio 4’s Front Row and the TLS among others) and publisher of Prospect magazine.
He is currently writing an epic drama for Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre, a sequence of short stories, and a novel. He is interested in animals, outsiders, monsters, grief, politics, anger, bodies and change.
Stephen has taught creative writing to adults for nearly a decade. His years as a book editor and his work for Plain English Campaign early in his career showed him the magical power of straightening out tangled prose. He has a passion for clear writing and enjoys helping people express themselves well.


Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is a prolific author of novels and non-fiction books. Most of his fiction is in the historical crime genre, and he is perhaps best known for a series of novels set in the early twentieth century and featuring a railway policeman called Jim Stringer. The series achieved four Crime Writers’ Association listings, and in 2011 The Somme Stations won the CWA Ellis Peter award for historical crime fiction. Martin’s other novels include The Yellow Diamond, about rich Russians in London, and The Martian Girl, which is set both in the modern day and the world of late Victorian music hall.
Martin’s interest in railway history (he is the son of a railwayman) is also reflected in his non-fiction, which includes Underground, Overground: a passenger’s history of the Tube, and Night Trains: the rise and fall of the sleeper. Amongst his other nonfiction titles are Flight by Elephant: the untold story of World War II’s most daring jungle rescue (concerning the British exodus from Burma following the Japanese invasion) and How To Get Things Really Flat: a man’s guide to ironing, dusting and other household arts.
Martin decided to become a full-time writer after winning the Spectator Young Writer of the Year award back when he was young. He had previously qualified as a barrister, which partly accounts for his interest in crime. He broadcasts regularly and has written and presented BBC TV documentaries on historical themes. He often gives talks, and has taught creative writing for various organisations.