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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!

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!

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Join Lingo: Ireland’s First Spoken Word Festival

Posted by From The Front Row on 29 June 2014.

Lingo, Ireland’s first spoken word festival is set for 17-19 October in Dublin. Currently, they are holding open submissions for performers and curators, but you need to be quick – their open submission process closes on midnight 1 July. See here for more: http://www.lingofestival.com/page2.php They have designed the open submission slots in a spirit of openness and transparency so that a wide reach of people can find a place at their festival. They say: “It would...

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Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014 Winner Announced

Posted by From The Front Row on 26 June 2014.

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014 is Anne Marie Kennedy, from Craughwell, Co. Galway with a short story titled ‘A Modest Matter’. As a mature student, she was awarded a First in her Undergraduate degree in English Literature and Celtic Civilization from NUI Galway, where she is currently enrolled in the MA in Writing. She has been published in...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Dubliners

Posted by From The Front Row on 19 June 2014.

100 years to the day after James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners was published on 15th June 1914, one of England’s most innovative writers, Will Self and one of Ireland’s literary greats, John Banville came together in conversation with Carlo Gébler to dissect the ins and outs of  this great book. Banville and Self reflected on their own experiences of these timeless stories – when they first recalled reading them; how they rated the collection amongst...

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Poetry is the new Rock’n’Roll: Dublin Slam Poetry Show Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by From The Front Row on 12 June 2014.

The organisers of Slam Sunday, Dublin’s only monthly poetry slam, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a prize pot over the next year. Started in October 2013 as an experiment, the monthly show now packs over sixty people into Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge on the first Sunday of every month. Performance poets from around the city converge to perform new work and compete for the cash prizes on offer. The last...

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The Ulysses App: A Guide to One of the Greatest Books Ever Written

Posted by From The Front Row on 5 June 2014.

Ulysses is one of the greatest books ever written, and one of the most challenging. The Ulysses app, Joyce’s Ulysses: A Guide  is designed to open the door for first-time readers of Ulysses – it’s ideal for all those who decide to delve into this great book but struggle with its complexities and is the perfect vehicle for getting to grips with the text: anybody can now demystify ‘the ineluctable modality of the visible’ and...

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Win Tickets to Scott Eyman on John Wayne: The Life and Legend

Posted by From The Front Row on 29 May 2014.

Award winning author and journalist Scott Eyman will be the subject of an In Conversation With...event at this year’s John Ford Ireland Film Symposium to discuss his latest critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling book, John Wayne: The Life and Legend. Win tickets to see Eyman at the Gresham Hotel on Saturday June 7th at 4pm by popping over to our competition page. Please ensure you supply your phone number in one of the...

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New Names Announced & Tickets On Sale for Hay Kells

Posted by From The Front Row on 22 May 2014.

FOLLOWING a hugely successful inaugural event last year, the Hay Festival Kells returns with an even bigger and more ambitious programme this summer. New names have been announced this week including Jeremy Paxman, Richard Corrigan, Deirdre Kinahan, the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, comedian Jason Byrne and musical guests Kells band Ham Sandwich and Liam Ó Maonlaí. Tickets are on sale to the public from 21st May. Tickets can be purchased online through hayfestival.com/kells,...

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Yael Farber’s stunning ‘Nirbhaya’ comes to the Pavilion Theatre

Posted by From The Front Row on 22 May 2014.

Assembly, Riverside & Poorna Jagannathan present Yael Farber’s stunning ‘Nirbhaya’ comes to the Pavilion Theatre Monday 21st July – Saturday 2nd August 2014 WINNER 2013 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award * Scotsman Fringe First Award * Herald Angel Award The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire is set to host the powerful play Nirbhaya, written and directed by renowned playwright Yael Farber from Monday 21 July – Saturday 2 August 2014. Tickets are €25/€22 (concession), available from...

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Future Book Hackathon

Posted by From The Front Row on 12 May 2014.

Last November at The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference in London, agent Simon Trewin posed a challenge to the publishing industry- to come together and organize a publishing hackathon similar to one that had been held in New York the previous May. FutureBook has always been about embracing emerging technologies, moving the industry forward and seeking out, predicting and rising to the next forms of disruption. As such The Bookseller’s FutureBook team set about bringing the major...

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Eoin Colfer is New Laureate na nÓg – Long Live Laureate Eoin

Posted by From The Front Row on 8 May 2014.

Eoin Colfer was announced as the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, at a special event at the Arts Council today (8th May 2014). He was awarded his Laureate’s ‘medal’ by Minister Fergus O’Dowd who said Eoin was a ‘magical’ writer who would open up the minds of young people over all the world in his new role. Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of...

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