The Folio Prize Fiction Festival announces its 2015 line-up
- Sponsored and presented by The Folio Society and in partnership with the British Library
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday 20/21/22 March 2015
Today, The Folio Prize announces the return of The Folio Prize Fiction Festival, hosted by the British Library and sponsored by The Folio Society, for a second year. The three-day festival (Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March 2015) will open with a new initiative, The Folio Society Lecture, which will be delivered by the internationally acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The winner of The Folio Prize will be announced on Monday 23 March at a ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London.
The festival programme will again feature authors and critics from The Folio Prize Academy alongside the Prize judges and shortlisted authors. Leading the billing are judges Rachel Cooke, William Fiennes (Chair), Mohsin Hamid, A.M. Homes and Deborah Levy, who will appear alongside the writers confirmed so far: Alex Clark, Joe Dunthorne, Suzy Feay, A.L. Kennedy, Mark Lawson, Sam Leith, Eimear McBride, Val McDermid, Jon McGregor, Neel Mukherjee, Erica Wagner and Jeanette Winterson. The festival is structured around a series of panel discussions, which this year will explore the emotional themes that propel and punctuate a story, amongst them Betrayal, Desire and Conflict. These discussions are designed to give writers an opportunity to investigate a set of linked subjects in real depth. Throughout the weekend, the shortlisted authors will be giving readings from their work.
Also new this year, Harper’s Bazaar is announced as the exclusive media partner for the 2015 Folio Prize Fiction Festival, with the magazine’s Editor-in-chief and author Justine Picardie to feature in the festival programme.
Writer and participant in the 2014 festival, Sam Leith, comments: “Being involved in the first Folio Prize Fiction Festival was extraordinary. I never imagined I'd find myself chairing a discussion on something as abstract and potentially technical as “Structure”, and doing so with such wattage of talent on the panel and such a large and engaged audience. It shows that if you have the courage not to dumb down there's a fierce appetite for sparky, serious consideration of literature at a high level.”
Announcing the festival programme and the inaugural Folio Society Lecture, Andrew Kidd, founder of The Folio Prize, says: “The 2014 festival brought together great writers and engaged audiences, and gave them substantial subjects to get stuck into. The result was both unexpected and thrilling, and the amazing line-up for the festival in 2015 should yield equally exciting results. In addition, we are particularly honoured and delighted that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be opening the weekend by delivering the inaugural Folio Society Lecture.”
Jean Marc Rathé, Marketing Director of The Folio Society, comments: “The 2015 festival line-up builds on the huge success we saw in the inaugural year. We’re delighted to be sponsoring such a stellar literary event, right in the heart of London.”
Roger Walshe, Head of Public Engagement at the British Library says: “As the public appetite for quality literary discussion and debate continues to grow, we look forward to exploring new themes with some of the most exciting writers – opening up new spaces in the British Library to vital and exhilarating voices from across the world. The festival, with its profusion of eminent and emerging authors, is set to be the major literary occasion in the British Library’s 2015 calendar.”
Notes to Editors
- Shortlist 9 February 2015; The Folio Prize Fiction Festival 20-22 March 2015; Winner 23 March 2015
- For further information about The Folio Prize Fiction Festival go to www.bl.uk/folio-festival or visit The Folio Prize at www.thefolioprize.com
- The Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.
- The Folio Prize Academy is an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, who are immersed in the world of books. www.thefolioprize.com/the-academy
- The Literature Prize Foundation is a registered charity committed to bringing the most outstanding works of English language fiction to public attention through the awarding of The Folio Prize. Overseen by its trustees, and in cooperation with The Folio Society, the Foundation will seek to engage readers and writers throughout the English-speaking world in cultural debate and in the celebration, sustainment and furtherance of the art of literature, which it believes has the capacity to enrich and change people's lives.
- For over 65 years The Folio Society has been publishing beautiful illustrated editions of the world's greatest books. With specially commissioned illustrations, many editions are further enhanced with introductions written by leading figures in their fields: novelists, journalists, academics, scientists and artists. There are hundreds of Folio Society editions currently in print covering fiction, biography, history, science, philosophy, children's literature, humour, myths and legends and more. Exceptional in content and craftsmanship and maintaining the very highest standards of fine book production, Folio Society editions are created to last for generations. Folio Society titles can be bought from www.foliosociety.com, by telephone on 0207 400 4200, by visiting The Folio Society Bookshop, 44 Eagle Street, London, WC1R 4FS, or from selected retail partners.
- Harper’s Bazaar is the exclusive media partner for The Folio Prize Fiction Festival
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.