Session 2: Rathbones Folio Prize Writing Masterclasses

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5x15 x Rathbones Folio Prize Writing Masterclasses chaired by James Naughtie

Rathbones Folio Prize

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

Over three sessions featuring authors shortlisted for this year's Rathbones Folio Prize, some of our finest contemporary writers explain how they translate what is in their heads to the page.

Chaired by the esteemed host of BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub, James Naughtie, these one hour masterclasses will give you food for thought and unique insight into how writing works. Ranging across fiction, poetry and non-fiction, each will feature additional contributions from the award-winning writers Tessa Hadley, William Atkins and Rachel Long - the judges who have the task of picking the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022.


James Naughtie
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James Naughtie, special correspondent for BBC News, is one of the country's best-known broadcasters, having presented Today on Radio 4 for 21 years. He has hosted every edition of Bookclub on that network since it began in 1998 and written and presented many documentaries on books and music on radio and television. Last year he published an account of fifty years of travels in the United States - On the Road - and later this year he will publish the third in a series of espionage novels.


Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of seven highly praised novels Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl, The Past, Late in the Day and three collections of stories, Sunstroke, Married Love, and Bad Dreams. She won a Windham-Campbell prize for Fiction in 2016, The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016, and Bad Dreams won the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. Her novel Free Love has just been published.


Philip Hoare
Albert and the Whale

Philip Hoare is the author of eight works of non-fiction, including Leviathan, or The Whale, which won the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Hoare is also an experienced broadcaster, a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University, and Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at The Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. He lives in Southampton.

In Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover why Durer's art endures. He encounters medieval alchemists and modernist poets, eccentric emperors, ambassadorial whales and enigmatic pop artists. An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea.


Colm Tóibín
The Magician

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of ten novels, and his work has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, as well as the Folio Prize in 2015; and has won the Costa Novel Award, the Impac Award and the David Cohen Prize for Literature, amongst others. He lives in Dublin.

The Magician is a sweeping novel of unrequited love, exile, war and family. Colm Tóibín’s exhilarating new novel is, at once, the intimate portrait of a writer and, at the same time, the story of a turbulent century.


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