Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts

We’re delighted to present four extracts from the inaugural Rathbones Folio Mentees – Sophie Crabtree, Shakira Irfan, Imaru Lewis, and Vincent Otterbeck, who were mentored, respectively, by Evie Wyld, AL Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie and Ross Raisin. The Rathbones...

Quick-fire Questions with the Shortlisted Authors

Mohsin Hamid     1. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer? I think I would always have wanted to be a writer if I knew one could be a writer. But it wasn’t until I reached university, around the age of 18 or so, that I first began to imagine that such...

Rathbones Folio Prize Judges Q&A

Kate Summerscale   1. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?  I’ve always wanted to read, and writing has grown out of that. It turns out that it can be an even better way of losing yourself in a book. 2. Was your first book published or is it still...

Reasons to be cheerful? End-of-year reading from the Folio Academy

This year’s Rathbones Folio judges and mentors recommend books that, in one way or another, lift their spirits, at the end of a year in which all our spirits have sometimes needed lifting . . .             Ross Raisin, Rathbones Folio mentor: Young Skins, by Colin...

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham

At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer? Robin:  Perhaps since three or four, when I used to visit the bookshop my grandfather worked in, and was enchanted. Leila:    I’ve never thought ‘I want to be a writer’. And do not really consider myself to be...

Rachel Holmes

At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer? Whatever age I was the day my father pointed out to me that being a fighter pilot meant I had to kill people and animals. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere? Lurking in the...