Rathbones Folio Prize Mentorships

Our Mentorships programme, which launched in 2017, pairs members of the Academy with First Story students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Rathbones Folio Academy Mentors and First Story Mentees meet face-to-face as well as online to work on a creative writing portfolio project, which is then shared at a public showcase.

Funders for the Rathbones Folio Mentorship scheme include Amazon, Arts Council England and the Cockayne Foundation.


2022 Rathbones Folio Mentees and Mentors

The 2022 Rathbones Folio Mentorships Showcase

Our latest cohort of mentees shared their dazzling work at the London Library in July

The Day is Fresh – An Anthology by the Rathbones Folio Mentees


Our first anthology from Rathbones Folio Mentees is now available – more information here

The 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize Mentorships Showcase

2021-22 Mentors

Caleb Azumah Nelson, British-Ghanaian author of the acclaimed debut Open Water, published earlier this year. Mentee: Tegan Blake-Barnard.

Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican-American London-based author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London’s National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, which was awarded the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Mentee: Cheyenne Taylor-Guest.

Fiona Benson is a poet whose collection, Vertigo & Ghost which was shortlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize and won both the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Mentee: Emily Freeman.

Stephanie Cross is a Sunday Times top 10 bestselling ghostwriter, freelance editor, and fiction reviewer. Mentee: Lauren Betts.

Will Eaves is the author of five novels, including Murmur, and two collections of poems. Mentee: Calum Wood. 

Will Harris’ poetry debut Rendang (2020) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Mentee: Mentee: Lauren Robertson.

Since 2017 the following Folio Academy members have mentored on the programme:

Raymond Antrobus, Kathryn Maris, Paul Farley, Rachel Long, Lucy Caldwell, Alice Jolly, Nikesh Shukla, Sharlene Teo, Louise Doughty, Joe Dunthorne, Adam Foulds, Francesca Beard, A L Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie, Ross Raisin and Evie Wyld.

The Rathbones Folio Mentorships are run by The Folio Prize Foundation, in association with First Story