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Book Your Free Ticket for the Prize Ceremony 2021

Book your free tickets and join us for the online live announcement of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021 Winner, taking place on Wednesday 24 March 2021, 18:45-19:30.

As we build up to the big moment, you will meet the eight shortlisted authors as they discuss their books and writing processes and hear from the judges, Roger Robinson, Jon McGregor and Sinéad Gleeson, who had the task of selecting just one winner from 80 nominated titles.

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Dystopian Fiction Event – Novels of the Future

Watch the riveting literary conversation with best-selling authors Kamila Shamsie and John Lanchester on writing dystopian fiction. BBC news and former arts correspondent Razia Iqbal hosted the event, talking to John and Kamila on how COVID-19 might change the narrative of future novels and how their work reflects the society we live in today. Click here to watch the event.

Marie Curie ‘Carols in the City at home’ Event

Sponsored by Rathbones, Marie Curie held its first virtual carol concert for Marie Curie hospice care, ‘Carols in the City at home’. For this special event, Rathbones Folio Prize Administrator, Asima Qayyum, wrote a festive poem, ‘Pakistani Praise Song for an English Christmas’. Watch the full concert here to listen to readings from stars of stage and screen Rosamund Pike, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville and Pippa Bennett Warner along with host Jim Carter OBE.

 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.


How To Write A Book In A Day

Book Tickets 

Due to Covod-19 the all-day event at the British Library had to be cancelled. We hope to announce very soon when and where you can catch ‘How to Write a Book in a Day’ online, featuring Kate Clanchy, Raymond Antrobus, Paul Farley and this year’s shortlisted authors. Keep posted on our website and social media channels.

Hear how some of our very best contemporary authors manage to translate what’s in their heads and hearts to the page

With Raymond Antrobus, Paul Farley, Ross Raisin, Nikita Lalwani, Alice Jolly, Nikesh Shukla, Sharlene Teo, Lucy Caldwell and friends. Hosted by Kate Clanchy. ‘Everyone has a book in them’, they say. But not everyone manages to write it. In one day, hear how some of our very best contemporary authors manage to translate what is in their heads to the page, so wonderfully.  Building on the inaugural 2019 sessions, guests will include Paul Farley, Ross Raisin, Nikita Lalwani, Alice Jolly, Nikesh Shukla, Sharlene Teo and Lucy Caldwell and authors shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020. Session one 11.30 – 12.45 Voice: First person or third; single voice or chorus; reliable or unreliable; myth-busting Session two 13.15 – 14.30 Form: Fiction, short or long; Non-fiction, narrative or episodic; poetry, essays, polemic. What do you want to say? Session three 14.45 – 16.00 Plotting: methodical; let the characters dictate the story; divine inspiration. How do the panel work? Bonus session 16.15 – 17.15 The Rathbones Folio Mentorships: featuring Rathbones Folio mentors Nikesh Shukla, Alice Jolly, Sharlene Teo and Lucy Caldwell, and their mentees: gifted young students who have experienced unique, one-to-one mentorship over the course of a school year, in association with First Story.
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Name: How to Write a Book in a Day: The Rathbones Folio Sessions 2020
Where: Knowledge Centre The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
Price: Full Price: £16.00 Member: £16.00 Student: £8.00 Registered Unemployed: £8.00 Disabled: £8.00 Under 18: £8.00 Senior (60+): £14.00 Young Person (18-25): £8.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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