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A blog by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

Here at the From the Front Row blog we bring you news literally from the Front Row – were you at a great literary event? Have you news of a launch? Let us know about it!

Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.

You can follow Vanessa online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Ennis Book Club Festival 2020 Announces its Full Programme

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 28 January 2020.

Festival dates: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March 2020 The full programme for the 14th Ennis Book Club Festival has been announced. The programme outlines a weekend packed with activities and events to inspire your reading, to stimulate discussion, to entertain you and give lots of opportunity to meet old friends and new.   There is also an exciting programme for younger readers. In a new departure for the Festival, it has commissioned writer Mia Gallagher to curate a special...

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SoA launches #DeadGoodLit Book Club on Twitter

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 24 December 2019.

In 2020 the Society of Authors Estates team will launch a bi-monthly Twitter book club – #DeadGoodLit – to celebrate a selection of favourite titles from an expansive stable of works in our literary estates. They are privileged to act as literary representative of the estates of over 40 distinguished writers – many of whom were closely associated with the SoA as members, including John Masefield, Walter de la Mare, Bernard Shaw, Compton Mackenzie, Harley Granville Barker, St. John Ervine,...

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A Christmas Literary Cabaret at Buswells Hotel

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 13 December 2019.

A monthly literary cabaret takes place at Buswells Hotel on Molesworth Street, Dublin every third Sunday of the month at 7pm.  Leonor Bethencourt welcomes the audience warmly and comperes the evening with wit and charm. The show comprises scenes from theatre and from the movies, intermingled with musical and comedy acts, poetry and new writing. The theme of the show is different every month: from Forbidden Love, to Espionage, to Road Trips to Gothic Horror....

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Advance Tickets on sale for Ennis Book Club Festival

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 December 2019.

Ennis Book Club Festival dates: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March 2020 The 2020 Ennis Book Club Festival will open on Friday 6th March with Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling featuring best friends and co-authors of the phenomenally successful series of Aisling books, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. The books have been described variously as joyful, emotional, heartfelt, and hilarious, and ‘a loving ode to a certain type of Irish woman.’ Saturday morning will see the return of a firm festival favourite – 10 Books You Should Read this year with bestselling authors Ruth...

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Publication of an Open Letter to RTÉ in Defence of Public Service Arts Coverage

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 23 November 2019.

Writer Dave Lordan has published an open letter to RTÉ, signed by a growing number of artists in opposition to savage cuts at RTÉ and their implications for arts and culture coverage. Signatories so far include: Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Lisa O Neill, Raymond Deane, John Banville, Theo Dorgan, and Claire Kilroy. Said Dave Lordan: There is a big fight in RTÉ between the upper layers and the ground level workers about the...

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Three Events You Must See at Dublin Book Festival 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 8 November 2019.

This year’s Dublin Book Festival takes place at Smock Alley Theatre from 14th-17th November. There are many highlights to enjoy but here’s my pick of the Festival: Ireland’s Emerging Writers – With Adrian Duncan, Nicole Flattery, Ian Maleney, Lucy Sweeney Byrne In Conversation with Madeleine Keane Join lecturer and award-winning journalist Madeleine Keane in a discussion with four of Ireland’s most exciting emerging writers. Nicole Flattery, recipient of an Art’s Council Next Generation Artists’ Award, showcases her first collection: the...

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The Book Resort: a New Book Subscription Box in Ireland

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 2 November 2019.

A new monthly book subscription box is getting reading for a busy Christmas.  The Book Resort, which is based in Waterford in the south east of Ireland, is Ireland’s newest subscription box and is already getting plenty of Christmas orders. The Book Resort is offering a sweet and simple book and chocolate discovery experience. The Book Resort delivers a monthly box containing a brand new book, Irish chocolate and a small surprise to book lovers...

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AboutFACE Ireland announce 2019 plays for NEWvember New Plays Festival

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 24 October 2019.

AboutFACE Ireland have announced the final selections for the 2019 NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin – a showcase of original plays to be held cross-city at two venues, Smock Alley in the city centre and the Civic in Tallaght, November 1-3 2019. The announcement was made by AboutFACE Co-Artistic Directors Anna Nugent and Paul Nugent. NEWvember Dublin will feature these works over a three-day weekend, presented via rehearsed readings. After 5 years of NEWvember Festivals...

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Murder One: Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival Launches

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 30 September 2019.

A gripping cast of crime and thriller writers have been lined up for Murder One 2019, taking place in Smock Alley Theatre 1-3rd November. Supported by Dublin Libraries and Dublin City of Literature, Murder One boasts an intriguing blend of crime fact and fiction that will appeal to writers and readers alike. Martina Cole, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Foley, Hallie Rubenhold, Joseph O’Connor and Liz Nugent are among the host of Irish and international writers who...

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Digital Worlds at the Red Line Book Festival

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 26 September 2019.

Red Line Book Festival which returns this autumn from the 7th – 13th of October in venues across South County Dublin with a special line-up of events delving into marvelous but sometimes murky sphere of the world wide web. Back by popular demand, Alison Spittle hosts the second edition of Internet Famous, talking to Irish writers about the world of internet and social media. This panel includes: cartoonist Twisteddoodles (author of parenting memoir, The Newborn...

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