Rathbones Folio Prize Sessions 2020:

How to Write a Book in your Lunch Hour

 

In the ‘How to Write a book in a Day’ Sessions, hear how some masters of their trade manage to translate what’s in their heads and hearts to the page. Hosted by Kate Clanchy, celebrated teacher, prize winning poet and author of the recent bestseller “Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me’ and the forthcoming ‘How to Grow a Poem’ these 3 sessions will focus on poetry, fiction and non-fiction with one on one interviews with Raymond Antrobus, Kate Summerscale and Patrick Gale, followed by a Q&A with the audience. If you missed the Rathbones Folio Prize Sessions 2020, you can now watch them below.


National Writing Day 2020

To celebrate #NationalWritingDay, we’re delighted to share creative writing extracts from two of this year’s Rathbones Folio Mentees! Read Nidaa Raoof’s astonishing ‘postcard stories’ and poetry, and Mariamah Davey’s breathtaking short fiction.

Also shared below is creative writing extracts from previous years, from the Mentorship programme alumnae Aisha Borja, Henna Ravjibhai, Adnaan Ali, Sophie Crabtree, Shakira Irfan, Imaru Lewis, and Vincent Otterbeck.

Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts 2020

We're delighted to present four extracts from the 2019 – 2020 Rathbones Folio Mentees: Nidaa Raoof, Mariamah Davey, Maria Clark and Weronika Baranowska. The Rathbones Folio Mentorships 2019 – 2020, run in association with First Story and supported by Arts Council...

Rathbones Folio Mentees 2019 – Creative Writing Extracts

As part of National Writing Day, we’re delighted to share extracts from the creative writing portfolios of this year’s Rathbones Folio Mentees. 

Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts

Read excerpts of the inaugural Rathbones Folio mentees’ creative writing portfolios


Rathbones Folio Prize giving speech by Paul Farley

Last year, when I was invited to be Chair of the Rathbones Folio Prize, my first duty was to offer a few words for a press release. I heard myself saying something about how judging through the autumn and winter would lead to an emerging, sometime around the spring equinox, into the lengthening daylight with a winner.

Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts 2020

We're delighted to present four extracts from the 2019 – 2020 Rathbones Folio Mentees: Nidaa Raoof, Mariamah Davey, Maria Clark and Weronika Baranowska. The Rathbones Folio Mentorships 2019 – 2020, run in association with First Story and supported by Arts Council...

Announcing: the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 Shortlist

Rathbones, Finsbury Circus – The fiction, poetry and non-fiction on the shortlist for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 – announced in London tonight – speaks to the #MeToo movement with a bold evocation of Zeus and delivers a radical new take on the American family...

Announcing: the Rathbones Folio Mentors 2019-20

The Rathbones Folio mentors for 2020 will be the Northern Irish playwright and novelist, Lucy Caldwell, Rathbones Folio Prize nominated novelist, Alice Jolly,novelist and editor of the award-winning essay collection The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, and UK-based...

Announcing the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 Judges

The multi award-winning poet and non-fiction writer Paul Farley, the Desmond Elliot Prize-winning novelist Nikita Lalwani and Ross Raisin, Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year winner and a Granta Best of Young British Novelists, have been announced as the...

A Bright Future for the Rathbones Folio Prize


We’re delighted to announce an expanded partnership with our sponsors Rathbones Investment Management, which secures the future of the Prize, Mentorships and Sessions until at least 2023. The renewed and significantly increased sponsorship by Rathbones not only enables us to step up our charitable objectives, it also means that the value of the Prize has increased, with this year’s winner set to receive a cheque for £30,000.

2020 Rathbones Folio Prize Winner

The winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 is Valeria Luiselli, for ‘The Lost Children Archive’. See the full details here.

About The Academy

The character and qualities of the prize are shaped by The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books.

The Academy will play a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the shortlist, and each year…

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