The Folio Prize Foundation will host The Folio Academy Sessions at the British Library over the weekend of 18th – 19th June, a series of events examining how stories have the power to impact individuals and effect social change.
Speakers including Kevin Barry, Tracy Chevalier, Geoff Dyer, Tracey Thorn, Paul Mason and Jeanette Winterson are among almost 30 guests who will appear across eight unique events.
A full programme of the weekend’s events is available at www.thefolioacademysessions.com, with each programmed by a different member of the Folio Prize Academy. Tickets for individual events as well as day and weekend passes are available through the British Library’s online box office.
Andrew Kidd, co-founder of the Folio Prize, said: “From the outset the Prize Foundation’s remit has been to explore and celebrate storytelling in all its forms, and now – thanks to the generosity of our many supporters – we are delighted to be introducing the Folio Academy Sessions.
“The sessions also signal a new, closer partnership between the foundation and the British Library: a vibrant collaboration that brings together the 240 members of our academy with one of the world’s great institutions, an international hub of living knowledge.”
Suzy Lucas, executive director of the Folio Prize, added: “As we work toward securing sponsorship for the 2017 prize and beyond, these outstanding events at the British Library demonstrate the real value and purpose of the Folio Prize and its Academy - to celebrate the power of great storytelling.”
Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library, added: “We are excited to be hosting the Folio Academy Sessions at the Library, and to be building on our great collaboration with the Folio Prize and the Academy, established over the last three years. The Sessions promise an exceptional set of discussions and a superb gathering of speakers.”
Last autumn, the Folio Prize announced it would not run in 2016 following the conclusion of its two-year title sponsorship by the Folio Society.