Suzy Lucas moves on to the Folio Prize Foundation board; Minna Fry joins the Folio Prize as Director of Development

Suzy Lucas moves on to the Folio Prize Foundation board; Minna Fry joins the Folio Prize as Director of Development

Tuesday 5 July, 2016: Following the success of the Folio Academy Sessions at the British Library last month – a series of eight exhilarating events, programmed by members of the Folio Academy – the Prize Foundation is pleased to announce two changes to its management team. Suzy Lucas will be stepping down from her position as Executive Director, while Minna Fry is joining the Folio Prize as Director of Development.

Suzy Lucas has been Executive Director of the Folio Prize since its launch in 2013. Most recently, she was instrumental in creating the Academy Sessions, and in raising the required funding – for both the weekend and on-going development – from multiple sources, including Arts Council England, the Cockayne Foundation and the Eccles Centre at the British Library. Suzy will now be joining the Folio Prize Foundation board.

Minna Fry has worked in senior publishing roles for the last 25 years, most recently asAssociatePublisherat4th EstateandWilliamCollins.Shehasoverseenthe campaigns of six Man Booker Prize winners, including Hilary Mantel’s WolfHall and Bring up the Bodies, and she has played key roles in the publications of Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary and the last five Harry Potter titles. She has also held advisory roles for numerous reading initiatives, including Quick Reads and World Book Night.

Andrew Kidd, co-founder of the Folio Prize, says: ‘Suzy Lucas has been at the heart of the Folio Prize since its launch, playing a key role in nearly every aspect of its operation and evolution. Her recent, outstanding work on the Folio Academy Sessions has taken the prize in an exciting new direction, and we are delighted that Suzy has agreed to join the board, where she will continue to make a unique and invaluable contribution.

We are equally delighted to welcome Minna Fry. Minna is a true publishing innovator, with legendary energy and drive, and I can think of no one better suited to take the Folio Prize on to its next phase, as we renew our search for a headline sponsor and develop an expanded remit for the prize, to be announced later
this year.’

Suzy Lucas says: ‘The Folio Prize Foundation is a vital force for good in the world of books. In overseeing its first three years of development I have relished the opportunity to work with writers and colleagues who share such a passionate belief in the importance of working together to find new ways to champion great writing. Minna is a fine example of this, and it’s exciting to think about the contribution she is going to be making in these next stages.’

Minna Fry says: ‘I am delighted to be joining the wonderful team at the Folio Prize and look forward to building on the last three terrific years and taking the prize to new places and new audiences. We have exciting new plans, which we are looking forward to sharing soon. My incentive and goal, as ever, will be to bring the greatest writing, and the very best books, to the biggest possible market, and to provoke conversation (and of course sales) amongst all who believe in the power of the written word to soothe, entertain, and enhance their lives.’

For all queries please contact Andrew Kidd at Notes to Editors:

  •   The Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best literature of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible. Unique in its conception, it is the only literary prize to give writers the power to decide the shortlist and winner.
  •   The Folio Prize Academy is a community where conversations about the value and direction of fiction take place. There is no equivalent body of internationalwritersanywhereintheworld. The240currentAcademicians include: Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, J.M. Coetzee, Carol Ann Duffy, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith, amongst many.

     TheFolioPrize2015wasawardedtoAkhilSharmaforFamilyLife, published by Faber. In the week following the win, orders of Family Life trebled on the back of blanket media coverage for the Prize, with the paperback edition pulled forward and a reprint of 25,000 copies ordered.

 The Literature/Folio Prize Foundation is a registered charity committed to bringing the most outstanding works of English language literature to public attention through the awarding of the Prize. Overseen by its trustees, the Foundation seeks to engage readers and writers throughout the English- speaking world in cultural debate and in the celebration, sustainment and furtherance of the art of literature, which it believes has the capacity to enrich and change people’s lives.