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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.

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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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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