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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.

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 Authors will also be invited to submit unpublished manuscripts to editors and agents and spend ten minutes each discussing the manuscript or publishing process.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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‘I Am Ireland’, Culture Ireland’s Global Programme 2016

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

Culture Ireland’s international culture programme entitled I Am Ireland, part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, was announced on Saturday 3rd October by Minister of State Ó Ríordáin at an event at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre.  I Am Ireland will enable Irish artists and companies to present their work across the globe. The programme, a key element of the Ireland 2016 Global and Diaspora strand, is one of celebration through contemporary arts while also reflecting...

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Dalkey Creates: Why Workshops Work by Sheena Lambert

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

I have a very particular memory of the Dalkey Creates writing festival that was held for the first time in October 2014 in the pretty seaside town of Dalkey, County Dublin. The festival was born out of a desire to bring the best writing teachers together over one weekend, facilitating classes and workshops in every genre of writing, from fiction, to screenwriting, poetry, blogging and more. As a volunteer, I was manning the door of...

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Limited Edition: Grayson Perry’s Books Are My Bag

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 28 September 2015.

Coming to a bookshop near you, this limited edition deluxe cotton tote bag has been designed by artist Grayson Perry and will be available for sale exclusively through bookshops. BOOKS ARE MY BAG was launched by The Publishers Association and The Booksellers Association in 2013. Since then, it has recruited well over 200 high profile UK and Irish and international authors, broadcasters, models, sports stars, actors, politicians, chefs, journalists and comedians – all willing to lend...

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Celebrate With Us & Win a Free PWA Online Writing Course Worth Up To £600!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 18 September 2015.

Writing.ie is in the middle of an exciting redesign and redevelopment, aiming to bring you even more interesting stuff plus a wider range of benefits for our members. With a site this huge it takes time, but to highlight the exciting new online courses we will be running with The Professional Writing Academy, we’ve got some free places to give away on two of their forthcoming online courses! So if you want to find out...

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Refugee Fundraiser: Support Patrick Ness & A Host of Authors

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

This morning (3rd September) author Patrick Ness decided to do something about the crisis that everyone else was talking about. Setting up a Virgin Money Giving Page he said: Hey, this may not work, but I’m tired of just tweeting my despair about the current refugee crisis that the UK government is responding to with inhumane feebleness. I’ll match all funds raised up to £10,000 for Save The Children, which helps refugees around the world...

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