This page is designed as a resource for Alumni of the Rathbones Folio Mentorships – and for mentees currently on the scheme – but is free for all to use. Here, you’ll find a series of recommended reads by Folio Academy Members, information about magazines and initiatives aimed at young creative writers, and links to other valuable websites, organisations, and online resources. The Alumni page will be updated with fresh content monthly.
Momtaza Mehri is Spread The Word’s Young People’s Laureate for London. In her specially commissioned film-poem, Momtaza tackles gentrification and hidden histories, weaving together research and real life conversations conducted with young people in libraries in select London boroughs. Watch the film-poem below.
“You need to read with passion and expression. You need to absolutely put your heart and soul into bringing that story to life”
This blog post is mostly aimed at published authors with speaking events lined up, but there’s so much valuable advice here for writers at any stage, and of any level. What makes a great read-aloud story, and how can you pick the right bit from your work to read aloud?
Sunday 19 May, British Library: How To Write A Book In A Day
They say that everyone has a book in them. But not everyone manages to write it. Join some of the best authors today as they reveal the tricks of their trade and invite you to get to the heart of what makes a great book tick. For aspiring writers and book lovers alike, A L Kennedy is our host, with guests including Kate Clanchy, Owen Sheers, Adam Foulds, Louise Doughty, Chloe Aridjis, Francesca Beard, Joe Dunthorne and many others.
New Writing by Folio Academy Members
Here, we list new books by Folio Academy Members – a mixture of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The recommendations will grow on a regular basis, in order to create a reading list over time. Don’t forget: you can request books from your local library.
Magazines to check out
There are dozens of exciting literature magazines – online and in print – which feature young and debut creative writers. These magazines are a great way to discover new, inspiring work, and when the time is right, you can submit your own writing for consideration. Here are three top picks:
Spread The Word is a London-based writer development agency, which hosts a range of prizes, events, workshops and projects, and has as its aim the diversification of the creative writing sector.