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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.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Announced

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 31 May 2016.

The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. Celebrating its twelfth year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016. The award ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 21 July on the opening night...

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Per Cent for Art Literature Commission

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 18 May 2016.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 June. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a literature commission as part of the dlr Public Art Programme of commissions. This commission is open to writers working in any genre (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, script-writing, screen-writing, etc.) A central aim will be the creation of new work. The writer will concentrate on working in the Blackrock area of the County, with a specific focus...

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Irish playwrights: 3 weeks to £10,000 comedy playwriting prize deadline

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 11 May 2016.

Comedy playwrights from the Republic of Ireland have three weeks left to be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and the opportunity to have their work considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court. The second Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize closes on Tuesday May 31st. It is run in partnership between Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool’s Royal Court. Last year’s winner, comedian Katie Mulgrew (daughter of Jimmy Cricket), is currently working with Liverpool’s Royal Court and Unity Theatre...

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Little Bones Arrives in Ireland With Pre-order Goodies!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 24 April 2016.

The first finished copy of Little Bones has arrived on Irish soil! This weekend a host of writers gathered at Cork World Book Festival to celebrate all things writing – and Inkwell’s Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin was there to host a star studded line up of agents and authors at the Constant Reader Getting Published event. Sam Blake’s agent Simon Trewin of WME was speaking with Polly Nolan of The Greenhouse Literary Agency and brought with...

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Little Bones Book Trailer Reveal And Only Four Weeks To Go!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 20 April 2016.

Sam Blake’s Little Bones will be in bookshops in a little under four weeks, and for any author this is a scary time. After all the writing, the editing, cover and title dramas, a real live book is about to arrive in their hand – with pages, and sentences and lots and lots of words… As the first consignment of finished copies hits London and Bonnier’s Twenty7 office, before heading for Dublin, here is a...

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Twittering On – Isn’t That What Writers Do? Come Join Us for #writerswise

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 April 2016.

I started tweeting a few years ago and asked, ‘how do you tweet?’ Some people kindly told me, others got impatient but I twittered on and people responded. I’ve made twitter-pals (many of whom I haven’t met – yet). For instance, @drlfarrell put up with me gate-crashing his tweet-chat #irishmed. Then it became apparent that Dr Liam Farrell is a fabulous writer. So… we started our monthly tweet-chat #writerswise. We’ve trended on twitter. (That’s great!)...

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Writers’ Guild of Ireland and ZeBBie Award Nominees!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 14 April 2016.

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland has announced the Nominees for the ZeBBie Awards 2016. Members of the Guild are now voting for the ‘Best Script’ in each category and voting will close on Friday 22nd April. The winner in each category will be announced at the ZeBBie Awards on Wednesday 25th May at The Sugar Club in Dublin, which will be hosted by Senator David Norris. There are six categories of Awards (Television, Radio, Theatre,...

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Red Line Book Festival 12-16 October Call for Authors

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

  The annual Red Line Book Festival runs in October and takes place in venues across South Dublin County. The festival is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. The programme aims to develop a high profile book festival for the county showcasing the best of national and international contemporary writing which will have a significant impact on the literary landscape of Ireland. Our mission is to provide...

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Clare and Kerry Poets Share Michael Hartnett Poetry Award

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 31 March 2016.

Two of Ireland’s new generation of poets have been named joint winners of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016. The Award will be presented on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, on Monday (April 14, 2016) to John McAuliffe from Listowel, County Kerry for his collection ‘The Way In’ and to Doireann Ní Ghríofa from Kilnamona, Co Clare, for her collection ‘Clasp’. The Limerick Arts Office and The Arts...

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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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