As part of National Writing Day, we’re delighted to share extracts from the creative writing portfolios of this year’s Rathbones Folio Mentees.


The Rathbones Folio Mentorships pairs 3 – 4 outstanding young graduates (16 – 18 years of age) from First Story’s in-school creative writing workshops with members of the Folio Academy, for a school year of creative writing mentoring, culminating with a public reading event, held at the British Library.

Across the mentorship, the mentees produce a portfolio of creative writing: here, you can read extracts from their portfolios, a mixture of short fiction, poetry, and poetry designed for spoken word.

Aisha Borja was mentored by Francesca Beard, and presents two poems.

Henna Ravjibhai was mentored by Joe Dunthorne, and presents short fiction and two poems.

Adnaan Ali was mentored by Louise Doughty, and presents three poems from a longer sequence.


Read and download the mentees’ creative writing here.


The Rathbones Folio Mentorships is a collaboration between the Folio Academy Foundation and First Story, and is supported by Cockayne and Arts Council England.