The 33-year old spoken-word poet Raymond Antrobus was named the winner of the £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize last night, for his debut collection, The Perseverance. It is the first time the prize – which rewards the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form – has been awarded to a poet.
Do you ever finish reading a good book and wish you could ask its author a few questions? Stories Behind the Stories – a literary event at the Soho Hotel where Rathbones investment directors and their clients meet two authors on the Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist – gives readers insights into the writers’ craft. This year’s event raised anticipation to tantalising levels ahead of the announcement of the winner at the British Library on Monday evening.
As part of the Rathbones Folio Prize programme of events, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Authors XI cricket team during their 2019 season. Rathbones is truly committed to supporting the arts, education and sport. Since 2012, the Authors XI have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity and will be raising money again this year with matches for The Lord’s Taverners and Afghan Connection, a charity promoting cricket as a unifying force for boys and girls in Afghanistan.
The 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist shows extraordinary range, risk and imagination – and confirms the quality of international writing today
500 students, 4 schools, 5 books and 1 ambition - to help young people find and retain their joy of reading, which has been shown to provide long-term personal and educational benefits.
Rathbones Folio Prize announces renewed sponsorship by Rathbone Investment Management, with a substantial boost in support and prize money increased to £30,000
As the nation and the world prepared to commemorate a hundred years since the end of the First World War, on 7 November bestselling author Sebastian Faulks and former war correspondent Andrea Catherwood joined Rathbones clients and staff to discuss their own experiences and thoughts on telling the stories of war.
Since it was established in 2014, the Rathbones Folio Prize has sought to set itself apart from existing literary awards. This means not just championing the finest contemporary writing, but looking to the future to promote a diverse and inclusive literary culture and nurture outstanding new talent.
At a ceremony at The British Library on Tuesday 8 May, Rathbones CEO Philip Howell hailed the “incredible books” on the shortlist and presented Richard Lloyd Parry with a cheque for £20,000 for his work, Ghosts of the Tsunami.