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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 Simon Trewin at WME 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.

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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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New Dublin Art & Literature Magazine Launches on Kickstarter

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 29 November 2015.

  Anne James and Benjamin Norris are the editors of Zymbol, a Dublin-based literary and art magazine with an international, all-volunteer staff. “Our theme is surrealism, which is funny, because people think our entire story is surreal,” says Founding Editor Anne James, originally from Boston. “Zymbol was a passion project that took on a life of its own. I never expected that a surrealist magazine would get much of an audience. As it turns out,...

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Stellar Line Up For The Bookseller’s Must Visit Author Day; Book Now!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 20 November 2015.

The Bookseller’s inaugural Author Day is approaching fast. Bookings close next Monday 23rd November, one week before the event on Monday 30th November. By design, the venue 30 Euston Square is an intimate space and remaining places are limited. If you are thinking of attending, you need to  book now. The nature of the venue means that audience members will have direct access to an incredible range of speakers who will explain the many complex...

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The First Pen Mightier Than The Sword: CROSS Partners With Fonderie 47 To Stop Gun Violence

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 11 November 2015.

In the spirit of the brand’s new“Make Your Mark” campaign the new CROSS Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition Writing Instrument is usable luxury with a social purpose In the last 20 years ongoing wars on the African continent have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. The conflict has been enabled by the widespread availability of assault rifles. CROSS has partnered with Fonderie 47 to create the Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited-Edition Fountain Pen–to help...

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Picador Sign Alan McMonagle in Two Book Deal

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 7 November 2015.

In exciting news, Paul Baggaley, Publisher at Picador, has acquired World English language rights for Ithaca and a second novel by Alan McMonagle from Ivan Mulcahy at Mulcahy Associates. Paul Baggaley said: “I am the constantly impressed by the remarkable quality of new writing coming from Ireland and the voice that has excited me most in recent times is that of Alan McMonagle’s Ithaca. Not since Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy have I fallen so in love with such a distinctly unreliable and hilariously imaginative child narrator, and I believe that Alan will become a major figure in the...

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Publishers Open to Submissions for The Bookseller’s Author Day

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 5 November 2015.

As part of The Bookseller’s inaugural Author Day on Monday 30th November, publishers Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and agency Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD) will provide authors with face-to-face advice and feedback. The three companies will run open submissions as part of the event. Authors will also be invited to submit unpublished manuscripts to editors and agents and spend ten minutes each discussing the manuscript or publishing process. Publishers and editors from Pan Macmillan and from...

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Jameson First Shot Film Competition

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 3 November 2015.

Together with Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions, Jameson is once again on the hunt for the globe’s most gifted, undiscovered filmmakers with compelling stories to tell. Three talented winners will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn their scripts into short films starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and have them premiered in LA, with the acclaimed cast and crew in attendance. The Jameson First Shot competition is all about giving talented filmmakers a break – a first shot at the industry....

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The Bookseller’s Inaugural Author Day: A Not To Be Missed Event!

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

In association with The Bookseller and FutureBook the inaugural Author Day takes place on Monday 30th November in Euston Square, Central London (and flights are very reasonable at the moment!) This year The Bookseller are starting FutureBook Week 2015 with a one-day event dedicated to the creative core of publishing: authors. They say: “We feel that this is the right time for authors, publishers and the book trade to come together, share ideas and move...

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UN Call for the Release of Qatari Poet

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 20 October 2015.

United Nations human rights experts today (20th October 2015) urged the Government of Qatar to release Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for writing and reciting a poem at his home. The experts call comes on the second anniversary of his sentence.    “The arrest, detention and sentencing of Mohammed al-Ajami in October 2013 seem to be solely related to the peaceful exercise of his fundamental human rights,” said...

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It’s Super Thursday And Books Are Definitely OUR Bag!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 8 October 2015.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG, the annual celebration of books and bookshops will take place this year from Thurs 8th – Sat 10th October, coinciding with Super Thursday, where bookshops across Ireland and the UK will celebrate release of some of the year’s biggest titles, and hopeful Christmas bestsellers. Bookshops across Ireland and UK will host events, parties, live illustrations and author readings across three days in October (8-10) as publishing kicks off its crucial Christmas season. Super...

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