A blog by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin
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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 Simon Trewin at WME 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.
Announcing MURDER ONE! 2-4 November Book Now
In a UNESCO City of Literature that boasts innumerable festivals all year round, you might think that all bases had been covered, but with the increasing popularity of genre festivals, this is not strictly true. Crime writers have regularly appeared at the major Dublin literary festivals but crime writing has arguably been under-served thus far. All this is about to change with the advent of Murder One, a new three-day long weekend crime writing festival...Read the full article >>
ECHOES returns to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre 5th-7th October 2018
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that the second ECHOES will run from 5th – 7th October 2018. The full day (10.00am -5.00pm) of talks, discussions, readings and dramatisations will be on Saturday 6th October with ancillary events on the 5th and 7th October. The first half day session will look at the evolution of contemporary Irish women writers – where they are at today and the part that Maeve Binchy’s international...Read the full article >>
Dublin Festival of History: 24th September to 7th October 2018
Dublin Festival of History takes place from 24th September to 7th October and will feature over 140 events across the city, with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s...Read the full article >>
Red Line Book Festival: October 8th-14th 2018
Literature lovers in South Dublin and beyond are advised to clear their calendars from Oct 8 – 14 2018, as the Red Line Book Festival returns for an exciting eighth edition. A celebration of all things literary, the Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South Dublin each October Full details of the fantastic programme for this year’s festival are...Read the full article >>
Call For Submissions: NEWvember New Plays Festival 2018
Submissions deadline: 17th August 2018 AboutFACE Ireland are very happy to announce they are now accepting submissions of new plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world, for the 2018 NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin, to be held over three days November 8th to 10th at The New Theatre in Dublin’s city centre. The closing date for submissions is Friday August 17th 2018. There is no fee for submissions and all...Read the full article >>
Listen Now Again: the life and work of Seamus Heaney
Kerrie O’Brien writes: Listen Now Again, the new exhibition devoted to the life and work of Seamus Heaney, has officially opened in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on College Green. The extensive archive of material was donated by Heaney to the National Library of Ireland in 2011 and has been brillantly curated by Professor Geraldine Higgins. On arrival, the first thing that greets you is a specially commissioned sculpture by Maser...Read the full article >>
Independent Bookshop Week Book Award Winners Announced
The Booksellers Association and Bookselling Ireland have today announced the winners of this year’s Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award. As voted for by local independent bookshops and judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists, the three winners are Amor Towles for A Gentleman in Moscow (Windmill) in Adult Category, Geraldine McCaughrean for Where the World Ends (Walker Books) in Children’s, and Nicola Davies and illustrator, Emily Sutton for Lots: The Diversity of...Read the full article >>
Create Publishing launches into the Indian self-publishing market
Create Publishing, part of leading UK independent publishing group Legend Times, has announced its launch into the Indian self-publishing marketplace. Create Publishing is the sister company of highly successful self-publisher New Generation Publishing which has been trading in the UK and internationally for almost 10 years. This experience within the self-publishing sector, alongside many traditional publishing link-ups, will see Indian authors benefit from extensive international distribution channels and book markets – predominantly the US, the...Read the full article >>
Must See Play: I SEE YOU by Amy de Bhrún
If there was ever a week to see a play like I SEE YOU by Amy de Bhrún, currently running in Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay, this is it. Not that this play couldn’t or shouldn’t be equally well received at any future date. And wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if at some time in the future I SEE YOU audiences were to sit and marvel at how women like those on-stage were oppressed...Read the full article >>
Scripts 2018 Programme is LIVE!
A thrilling programme, full of theatrical gems, has been announced for this year’s SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival taking place in Birr in June. Our picturesque Offaly town will play host to an ensemble of playwrights, actors, producers, directors for four fun filled days from Thursday 14- Sunday 17 June. This year’s programme is jam-packed with something for all theatre lovers including top quality theatrical productions including Pilgrim and Mary & Me, children’s theatre (Tom Thumb and The Little Prince), a...Read the full article >>