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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.

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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Full Programme for Open House Festival Revealed

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 10 June 2019.

The full programme for Bangor’s Open House Festival 2019, Ireland’s only month-long festival, has been revealed. King of the chat show sofa, Sir Michael Parkinson, leading forensic psychologist, Kerry Daynes, and BBC Radio 6 Music’s poet-in-residence, Murray Lachlan Young are among the multitude of artists and performers joining The Specials, Villagers and The Staves at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor in Co. Down this August. Local artists on this year’s lineup include three Bangor...

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True Crime: New Film Rainy in Glenageary

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 22 May 2019.

Award-winning Irish director Graham Jones, who has made several critically-acclaimed indie movies since the nineties such as NOLA AND THE CLONES and HOW TO CHEAT IN THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE, has released a new film online called RAINY IN GLENAGEARY. This latest work from Jones is an unorthodox true crime documentary which explores the unsolved 1999 murder of 17 year old Irish schoolgirl Raonaid Murray – or ‘Rainy’ as some friends called her. The film eschews...

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World Premieres of New Plays and Three Debuts from Druid

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 May 2019.

As a writer’s theatre company with a track record in premiering new plays of international stature, Druid today announced an exciting programme of new work. By presenting a full year of new work, Druid‘s ambition is to develop and widen the boundaries around the existing canon and to build the appetite and audiences for new writing. “The literary text has been and always will be paramount for Druid, from John Millington Synge to Tom Murphy...

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Free Teen Poetry Workshop with STEPHEN JAMES SMITH!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 9 May 2019.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from 12 – 19 July and welcomes a star-studded cast of writers to Bantry, Co Cork. This year’s line-up includes Graham Norton, Mary Robinson, Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry,  Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, Kit de Waal, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Anne Carson, Stephen James Smith, Patrick Gale and Tracey Thorn. 5 day workshops are at the heart of the festival and the incredible Stephen James Smith will be...

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Hay House Writer’s Workshop 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 April 2019.

Hay House, the world’s leading Mind, Body & Spirit publisher is bringing its Writer’s Workshop to Dublin for the first time ever on 27-28 April. Are you a writer with a great book idea with a strong desire to be published? Do you just need the insider scoop on how to perfect and publish your book? Then this is the workshop for you! This is also your chance to publish a book with Hay House...

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