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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.

Full Programme for Open House Festival Revealed

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 10 June 2019.

The full programme for Bangor’s Open House Festival 2019, Ireland’s only month-long festival, has been revealed. King of the chat show sofa, Sir Michael Parkinson, leading forensic psychologist, Kerry Daynes, and BBC Radio 6 Music’s poet-in-residence, Murray Lachlan Young are among the multitude of artists and performers joining The Specials, Villagers and The Staves at this year’s Open House Festival Bangor in Co. Down this August. Local artists on this year’s lineup include three Bangor...

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True Crime: New Film Rainy in Glenageary

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 22 May 2019.

Award-winning Irish director Graham Jones, who has made several critically-acclaimed indie movies since the nineties such as NOLA AND THE CLONES and HOW TO CHEAT IN THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE, has released a new film online called RAINY IN GLENAGEARY. This latest work from Jones is an unorthodox true crime documentary which explores the unsolved 1999 murder of 17 year old Irish schoolgirl Raonaid Murray – or ‘Rainy’ as some friends called her. The film eschews...

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World Premieres of New Plays and Three Debuts from Druid

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 May 2019.

As a writer’s theatre company with a track record in premiering new plays of international stature, Druid today announced an exciting programme of new work. By presenting a full year of new work, Druid‘s ambition is to develop and widen the boundaries around the existing canon and to build the appetite and audiences for new writing. “The literary text has been and always will be paramount for Druid, from John Millington Synge to Tom Murphy...

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Free Teen Poetry Workshop with STEPHEN JAMES SMITH!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 9 May 2019.

The West Cork Literary Festival runs from 12 – 19 July and welcomes a star-studded cast of writers to Bantry, Co Cork. This year’s line-up includes Graham Norton, Mary Robinson, Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry,  Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, Kit de Waal, Joseph O’Connor, Kevin Barry, Anne Carson, Stephen James Smith, Patrick Gale and Tracey Thorn. 5 day workshops are at the heart of the festival and the incredible Stephen James Smith will be...

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Hay House Writer’s Workshop 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 April 2019.

Hay House, the world’s leading Mind, Body & Spirit publisher is bringing its Writer’s Workshop to Dublin for the first time ever on 27-28 April. Are you a writer with a great book idea with a strong desire to be published? Do you just need the insider scoop on how to perfect and publish your book? Then this is the workshop for you! This is also your chance to publish a book with Hay House...

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Way with Words Festival 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 30 March 2019.

Wicklow County Council recently marked the launch of its second Way with Words literature festival for readers and writers in Arklow and Blessington Libraries. Way with Words features an exciting line up of authors, illustrators and music for adults, children and families including John Banville, Ross Collins, Dr Ciara Kelly in conversation with Arnold Fanning and Marina Carr, Broadcaster Martin King in conversation with Éanna ní Lamnhna, the Currabinny duo and many more.  It takes...

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Trewin Goes Solo: New Agency for Literary Super Agent

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 12 February 2019.

WME Partner and literary agent Simon Trewin has left the London office after 6 years with the company to open his own agency. Simon Trewin Ltd will be representing authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. Tracy Fisher, head of global rights at WME, said ‘we deeply appreciate Simon’s years of service as a creative thinker and multi-disciplinary strategist and we look forward to co-representation of many of his...

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UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School in New York

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 February 2019.

This June, the internationally acclaimed Creative Writing faculty of the University of Limerick will offer their annual Creative Writing Summer School in New York in honour of the late Frank McCourt. The Shannon Airport Authority and UL have put together “a stellar line up of writers” (The Irish Times) for the 2019 Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU’s beautiful Glucksman Ireland House, 27th – 30th June. Study writing in a fun and relaxed...

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Book Gems to Look Forward to in 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 22 December 2018.

Throughout the past couple of weeks, Writing.ie have featured a selection of Top Five picks when it comes to Books for Christmas. I’m sure these will draw you into a bookshop where you’ll blow your whole budget on books – but what should you watch out for next year? When All is Said by Anne Griffin (24th January) I loved this book so much, I’ve been raving about it to everyone. Genius concept, beautifully delivered.  Five...

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A Night Before Christmas at the Pavilion Theatre

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 15 December 2018.

A Night Before Christmas at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, on 21st Dcember, will feature a selection of classic Christmas stories read by an all-star cast of Irish actors – Owen Roe, Michele Forbes, Cathy Belton and Phelim Drew – with music by Ellen Cranitch, Ciara Sidine and Conor Brady. Christmas is more than a season; it’s a state of mind. And that state is intimately connected to the seasonal music we love, from carol...

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