How to Write a Book in a Day: The Rathbones Folio Sessions 2020

A row of books by contemporary authors.

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In one day, hear how some of our very best contemporary authors manage to translate what's in their heads and hearts to the page

‘Everyone has a book in them’, they say. But not everyone manages to write it.

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. Hosted by Kate Clanchy.

Session one 11.30 - 12.45 Voice: First person or third; single voice or chorus; reliable or unreliable; myth-busting. With James Lasdun, Fiona Benson and Paul Farley.

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? With Sinead Gleeson, Zadie Smith and Nikita Lalwani.

Session three 14.45 - 16.00 Plotting: methodical; let the characters dictate the story; divine inspiration. How do the panel work? With Valeria Luiselli, Laura Cumming and Ross Raisin.

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. Introduced by Raymond Antrobus.


Name: How to Write a Book in a Day: The Rathbones Folio Sessions 2020
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £16.00
Member: £16.00
Student: £8.00
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Disabled: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
Senior (60+): £14.00
Young Person (18-25): £8.00
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