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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.

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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Red Line Book Festival Announces 2019 Programme

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

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has launched the 2019 Red Line Book Festival with a special poetry reading at Rua Red, Tallaght. The Festival will run October 7th – 13th in venues across South County Dublin, with 40+ events taking place. Details of this year’s exciting programme have been announced, bringing together some of the greats of the literary world, as well as an array of exciting new voices. Some of those in the line-up...

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The Crime Hub set to Launch in September

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 22 August 2019.

The Crime Hub is an innovative new website for people interested in crime, both fact and fiction. Written and audio content from leading crime writers and people connected to the criminal justice system. Launching September 9th,  2019 with a series of brilliant podcast stories recorded in LA including Murder at the Palace by Gyles Brandreth, narrated by Stephen Fry, and The Plater by Ann Cleaves, narrated by Alfred Molina. Writer, Sam Blake brings an Irish...

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Dublin City Libraries looking for a Reader-in-Residence

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 12 August 2019.

A role of Reader–in-Residence for Primary Schools in the Ballyfermot area has become available, with funding from the national Dormant Accounts fund. The estimated value of the project is €22,000. The reader-in-residence will design and deliver a programme of planned activities based around the idea of reading as fun, with the activities being geared to different age groups and genres. The Reader–in-Residence will work with schools and Home School Liaison Officers in the Ballyfermot area,...

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The Power of Words Festival, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, 23rd–25th August 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 25 July 2019.

Some people feel the world of books and writing is somehow ‘exclusive’. The Power of Words hopes to dispel that myth. The ‘Power of Words’ is a brand-new festival celebrating ‘Words’ in all forms – written, spoken, acted and sung – and will burst into being in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, on the weekend of 23rd to the 25th August 2019. The spirit of the festival is best described in the abbreviated form of its name...

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Boundless & Bare the Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 4 July 2019.

Presented by Boundless & Bare the Sunshine Tantrum Tour 2019, a national tour for spoken word artists, takes place July 14th + 19th in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Galway. Featuring artists from Dublin, Waterford, Wicklow, Cork and Glasgow; collaborating with collectives WeAreGriot, Modwords, and Angry Mom Collective this spoken word national tour will produce four shows in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Galway. There will be opportunities in Waterford, Cork, and Galway to perform in an...

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