News and Updates from the Rathbones Folio Prize

 

Judges for the 2023 Prize & New Shortlist Categories

Judges for the 2023 Prize & New Shortlist Categories

Our 2023 jury of Ali Smith (chair), Jackie Kay and Guy Gunaratne will judge the Writers' Prize with a new, expanded format. Since 2017 the Rathbones Folio Prize has celebrated all works of literature regardless of form. New for 2023 the Prize will celebrate three...

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The 2022 Mentorships Showcase

The 2022 Mentorships Showcase

Our groundbreaking Mentorships Programme gives talented graduates from First Story programmes the opportunity to be mentored for one year by experienced, acclaimed writers from our Academy. The 2022 Rathbones Folio mentees, their mentors, family and friends gathered...

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The Rathbones Folio Prize Ceremony 2022

The Rathbones Folio Prize Ceremony 2022

We were honoured to welcome authors, publishers, agents, booksellers and many more to the British Library on Tuesday 22nd March to celebrate this year's books. The winning title, announced by Chair of Judges Tessa Hadley, was Colm Tóibín's The Magician, and he joined...

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Read Around Ukraine

Read Around Ukraine

In light of the tragic events taking place in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, we wanted to show our solidarity for the millions affected. Believing that literature is always a form of dialogue, and as a response to the huge demand from readers seeking to gain perspective...

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The Day is Fresh – an anthology of work by RFP mentees

The Day is Fresh – an anthology of work by RFP mentees

The Day is Fresh showcases fantasy, thriller, realism, experimental prose, and poetry by 14 gifted graduates of the Rathbones Folio Mentorships programme. The anthology was edited by Ralf Webb, author of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection-shortlisted Rotten...

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Supporting Writers: Unmute Anthology

Supporting Writers: Unmute Anthology

Rathbones Folio Prize, also known as the Writer’s Prize’, is proud to support all writers and so we are pleased to support and encourage reading the anthology ‘Unmute: Young Voices from Lockdown’.

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Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts 2020

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...

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Rathbones Folio Prize Judges Q&A

Rathbones Folio Prize Judges Q&A

We ask our 2018 judges – Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla, and Kate Summerscale – a series of quick-fire questions on literature, culture, and the judging process…

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Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham

Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham

Q. 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….

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Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes

Q. 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.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still…

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

I have a green notebook full of…

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Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson

Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Probably around age 8.

Q. Was your first book published or is it still lurking in a drawer somewhere?

It sounds unbelievable, but I’ve…

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