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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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2014 James Plunkett Short Story Award

Posted by From The Front Row on 24 April 2014.

Following the great success of the 2013 competition,the Irish Writers’ Union, in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre, are very pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 James Plunkett Short Story Award. The Irish Writers’ Union is delighted to continue celebrating the legacy of Plunkett, one of their founder members, through this competition. There is no restriction on theme or genre. Entrants are simply asked to recall Plunkett’s skill as a social commentator when...

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The Poetry Bus Urgently Needs Your Help!

Posted by From The Front Row on 17 April 2014.

Hello world! My name is Peadar O’Donoghue and I’m co-editor (with my wife, Collette) of a magazine called The Poetry Bus. We are planning for its sixth issue, a money themed special called ,PB$, which will feature  about 50 poems, a graphic short story, a flash fiction, an article on ‘Rejections’ and two  ‘Writers’ lives’ features, plus full colour illustrations and a CD of selected poems with three music tracks from top indie band ‘Babybird’...

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Ború Anniversary a Page-Turner at Clare County Library

Posted by From The Front Row on 17 April 2014.

Two books on the life of Brian Ború have been selected to feature as part of a newly announced initiative commemorating next week’s 1000th anniversary of the death of the last High King of Ireland. Clare County Library is inviting adults and children across Ború’s native county to read, discuss, share and experience the same book by participating in a ‘One County One Book’ programme. The title chosen for adults is ‘Lion of Ireland’ by...

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Ladies of Jane: Jane Austen’s Work Live On Stage

Posted by From The Front Row on 31 March 2014.

Ladies of Jane, a production to be savoured by Jane Austen fans and lovers of elegant, stylish theatre will be presented in Cork Arts Theatre from Wednesday 2 – Saturday 12 April (excluding Sundays).  Three of Cork’s best actresses under the direction of Mary Curtin will bring to life the triumphs and disappointments of an extraordinary collection of characters drawn from Austen’s novels and letters. Austen’s wittiest, most dramatic and poignant scenes and musings provide...

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Become a Walker Books Reporter

Posted by From The Front Row on 27 March 2014.

Do you have a child, niece or nephew who might like to receive advance review copies of new new books from Walker? Join the team of Walker Reporters and you’ll get: ➜ Free copies of their latest books to review before they’re published ➜ Free goodies, such as posters, bookmarks and stickers ➜ The chance for your reviews to appear on promotional material, like posters, adverts and websites If you would like to become part...

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The Books That Define Ireland

Posted by From The Front Row on 20 March 2014.

What no Joyce! No Beckett! No O’Casey? The Books That Define Ireland is set to be the source of much discussion, debate and division as authors Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin select their essential list of the books which ‘define’ Ireland. Published by Merrion, this engaging and highly accessible selection of titles which had a transformative effect on the course of Irish history and society, will be launched by broadcaster and writer Olivia O’Leary in...

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Dublin’s First Drive-in Cinema at Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Posted by From The Front Row on 14 March 2014.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in partnership with Underground Cinema have launched Dublin’s first drive-in cinema ahead of the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend. The Drive In is located inside the standage area of the Ferry Terminal at Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Family favourite ‘Grease’ will kick off the screenings on Saturday 15th March at 7pm followed by classic thriller ‘Jaws’ at 9pm. There will be a further four screenings over the over the course of the...

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Kerry Writer Rebecca Kemp in #TwitterFiction Festival

Posted by From The Front Row on 8 March 2014.

Rebecca Kemp (@REKemp1) from Tralee, Co. Kerry has been selected as a featured author in the #TwitterFiction festival. As a selected author Rebecca will join over 50 writers from 11 countries around the world to present their eclectic mix of fictional stories to the world on Twitter, all in real time. Rebecca, who is originally from London but has been living in Tralee for the past 10 years, will Tweet her story entitled “The incredible...

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Launch of Kerry Women Writers’ Network

Posted by From The Front Row on 3 March 2014.

The newly-formed Kerry Women Writers’ Network will be launched at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Tralee, on Saturday March 8th by Minister Jimmy Deenihan as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day. Twenty-five women will read from their original work, including poems, prose pieces and dramatic monologue between 8pm and 10pm. Writing groups represented will included the Seanchaí Writers’ Group, Tralee Women’s Resource Centre Writing Group, Tralee, Diverse Writers Group, Scriobhnóirí Sliabh Luachra, Corcha...

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Win Tickets to DLR Library Voices Karen Joy Fowler Event

Posted by From The Front Row on 27 February 2014.

Writing.ie have five pairs of tickets to giveaway to the upcoming DLR Voices event with Karen Joy Fowler,  the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club was a huge bestseller and became a firm book club favourite. Her new novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is the story of a middle class American family, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart...

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