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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.

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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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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