National Liberal Club Established by William Ewart Gladstone in 1882, the NLC is located in an impressive neo-Gothic building – designed by Alfred Waterhouse – overlooking the Thames Embankment. Although – as its name implies – the club has historic links with the Liberal Party, it is completely independent and open to both political and non-political members.

The Royal Society of Literature, founded in 1820, exists to celebrate and nurture the best in British literature, past and present. It organise some 20 events a year, make awards and grants to established and emerging writers, and campaigns on issues affecting writers. Its Fellows include the most distinguished authors working in the English language.

The Society of Authors Works to protect the rights and further the interests of authors in the UK.

The Media Society is unique in bringing together people who work in all parts of the media – radio, television, newspapers, magazines, new media, academia, media law, PR and independent media companies. The Society stages regular talks with leading figures from the media.

The Critics’ Circle, which makes an annual award for Services to the Arts, aims to promote the art of criticism, to uphold its integrity, to safeguard members’ professional interests, to provide opportunities to meet, and to support the advancement of the arts.

The London Library The world’s largest independent lending library.

Flint Public Relations PR for literature and the arts.

English PEN Working to promote literature, free speech and human rights.

Slightly Foxed The real readers’ quarterly. Friendly and unstuffy, each quarter it offers 96 pages of lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest – books that have stood the test of time and have left their mark on the people who write about them.

BookBlast® Diary Indulgent reads for independent minds

Words Without Borders  Monthly online magazine that translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature.

Suzi Feay’s Book Bag Suzi Feay, who has been writing about books for 20 years at Time Out, The Independent on Sunday and the Financial Times, now has her own blog, featuring news, views and reviews of current and classic books.

The Poetry Archive  The world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work, from Fleur Adcock to Benjamin Zepaniah.