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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.

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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Early Bird Tickets now available for the Ennis Book Club 2019

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 1 December 2018.

Every March something special happens in Ennis. Readers come together to celebrate their love of books. Highlights of the much anticipated 13th Ennis Book Club Festival programme are now on sale at glór Box Office with an unbeatable offer for early bird bookers.  An annual celebration of book clubs and readers, the Festival combines a unique mix of readings, discussion, music and chat. The 2019 Ennis Book Club Festival opens on Friday 1st March with...

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Greywood Arts Mini-Writer’s Retreat for Carers Bursary

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

Closing date for receipt of applications is December 18th 2018 The Oxford Dictionary defines a carer as “A family member who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person.” The Mini-Writer’s Retreat for Carers Bursary aims to support writers who, due to their role as carer, find it difficult to find time for writing. You may be a son caring for an elderly parent, a working mother with school-going kids, a...

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Murder One: The Post Mortem

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 6 November 2018.

Murder One, a three-day long weekend crime writing festival that launched last weekend (2-4 November) was jam packed with interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, and a free speakers corner where attendees could listen to readings from some of Ireland’s newest crime writers.  Murder One  featured all aspects of the genre from thrillers and spy fiction, to police procedural and supernatural, cosy mysteries to psychological suspense with more coming for 2019 – we...

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Murder One Releases 25 Rover Weekend Tickets

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 15 October 2018.

Tickets are selling fast for Murder One, Ireland’s international crime writing festival taking place in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre 2nd-4th November and Murder One have just released a limited edition rover weekend ticket for attendees keen to see the full line up. There are currently only 25 available so don’t hang about! A stellar cast of crime and thriller writers will be appearing with a host international authors including Lynda La Plante, Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark...

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Red Line Book Festival Returns for an Exciting Eighth Edition

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 4 October 2018.

Alison Spittle, Emilie Pine, Joe Duffy, Sophie Hannah, Andrew McMillan, Tara Flynn and Colm Keegan are among the big names set to take part in the 2018 Red Line Book Festival, which runs for seven days from Mon 8 Oct – Sun 14 Oct. An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South...

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