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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.

Bob Johnston wins The O’Brien Press Bookseller of the Year Award

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 7 March 2016.

Bob Johnston, owner of The Gutter Bookshop, was announced as this year’s winner of The O’Brien Press Bookseller of the Year Award at the annual Booksellers Association conference and dinner dance at the Gibson Hotel on Saturday March 5th. Ivan O’Brien MD of The O’Brien Press said: ‘Bob set up The Gutter Bookshop in the height of the recession, and it’s now firmly established as a core part of Dublin’s book world. His commitment to...

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Poem of the Week at Near FM

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 29 February 2016.

It’s always the toughest of questions. What’s your top 5? What’s your favourite?  If you had to pick one, what would it be? No matter if it’s a poem, a film, a novel, your favourite Beatles song; choosing just one can be as cruel as it is difficult. But Near FM thinks that you’re up for the challenge. T.S. Eliot said that poetry can communicate before it is understood. You don’t have to be an...

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New Awards Aim to Highlight Role of Independent Publishing

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 17 February 2016.

A brand new writing competition has just launched, aimed at providing a platform for self-published authors in Ireland and entry fees for the competition will be donated to the mental health support and education services of national charity Aware. The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors (CAP for Indie Awards*) is now open for entries at writingcap.ie and submissions are invited from all Independently Published, Self-Published and Assisted Published Authors from Ireland and Northern Ireland. The...

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Vote Today For Your Bookseller of the Year!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 15 February 2016.

There are just a few days left to vote for your bookseller of the year! This is an industry award so to nominate you need to be in the business, but here are the details: O’Brien Bookseller of the Year Award 2016 The O’Brien Bookseller of the Year Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement or an invaluable contribution to the book trade by an individual bookseller. THE AWARD The Elements, a bronze...

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New Partnership for Bonnier

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 8 February 2016.

Manilla is a unique partnership in modern publishing. Born from the idea that the best books cross all borders, Manilla is an initiative of Bonnier Books, the publishing arm of Sweden’s biggest media corporation. Two Bonnier companies, Ullstein Verlag in Germany and Bonnier Zaffre, part of Bonnier Publishing in the UK, have set up a joint venture to take the very best of European commercial fiction and offer it to the widest possible global audience. In...

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Literary Names Confirmed For Limerick Literary Festival 2016

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 4 February 2016.

A host of internationally acclaimed writers are included in an impressive line-up of participants in this year’s Limerick Literary Festival from February 26-28th. The Festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend, has been held annually since 1984 in honour of the life and works of the Limerick-born novelist and playwright Kate O’Brien. This year’s festival, the theme of which is ‘Rebellion’ in keeping with the Centenary year of the Easter Rising, features author visits, readings,...

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Book Now For ‘Beckett in Foxrock’ Event 5th March 2016

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 29 January 2016.

Beckett in Foxrock, an evening of drama, poetry and prose to recognise and honour Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate, Dubliner, and one of the world’s most influential writers, will be held on 5th March at 8pm in Tullow Church, Brighton Road, Carrickmines, Dublin 18. This will include some of his favourite music in the village where he was born, grew up and which influenced him so much. This will be a unique, limited capacity event in...

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#ROOM in Cinemas January 15th!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 January 2016.

It’s finally here folks! Here’s the blurb: An intensely powerful and wonderfully life-affirming experience, Room is the new film from acclaimed director, Lenny Abrahamson, based on the best-selling novel from Emma Donoghue. A riveting emotional journey about the power of love, limitless imagination and the strength of the human spirit, Room is an unparalleled celebration of the bond between parent and child. Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for 5 year-old Jack, where...

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Christmas Story Quiz by Unplag: How Well Can You Do?!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 24 December 2015.

Unplag.com are leaders in plagarism detection, so whether you need to check that your academic references are safe to use and properly credited, or you need to see if someone has ‘borrowed’ something of yours, check them out! They’ve sent us this fun Christmas Quiz to reactivate the grey cells after all that turkey…see how well you do!

The Perfect Gift: Get Author Feedback & Raise Money for Challenge 30

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 22 December 2015.

Buy the perfect gift for an aspiring author this Christmas – and support Challenge 30! Helen Huthwaite, editorial director at HarperCollins, has launched a project to provide manuscript services for aspiring authors in order to raise £30,000 for charity. Challenge 30 has been progressing at a rate of knots over the last few months, and the end goal could be in sight, with your help! Helen has already had a busy autumn, with the Venice...

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