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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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Impressive Line-up Confirmed for 40th Limerick Literary Festival

Posted by From The Front Row on 4 February 2014.

Some of the most recognisable names in Irish and British literature will participate in the 2014 Limerick Literary Festival from February 20th-23rd. The 40th annual festival, organised each year in honour of Limerick-born novelist and playwright Kate O’Brien, will feature author visits, readings, lectures and panel discussions at 69 O’Connell St (formerly The Belltable) and The Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick City. Festival organisers today unveiled a line-up that includes Edna O’Brien, novelist, memoirist, playwright,...

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Irrgrønn: Celebration of Contemporary Irish Literature in Oslo

Posted by From The Front Row on 23 January 2014.

Irrgrønn is a celebration of contemporary Irish literature taking place in the Litteraturhuset, Oslo March 14th -15th 2014 (www.litteraturhuset.no ). ‘Irrgrønn’ is the greenish shade that copper turns over time. The name was chosen as a reference to the recent convulsive period in Irish history.  The country has moved through a period of Celtic Tiger extravagance and ostentation, on to an economic crisis, and is now emerging as a more reflective society,  just as  copper...

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Ireland Guest Nation at Hyderabad Literary Fest 2014

Posted by From The Front Row on 18 January 2014.

This year Ireland will be the guest nation at the Hyderabad Literary Fest 2014. Ireland’s Ambassador to India Feilim Mc Laughlin will inaugurate the Irish cultural performances at the HLF and Irish Literature will be an important component of the festival. Well known writers, actors, musicians and many more from the green island are expected to participate in the annual fest. According to the HLF organisers, a plenary session on Irish Literature will be held...

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The Greatest Short Story of the 20th Century: The App

Posted by From The Front Row on 6 January 2014.

The Dead is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of Dubliners, first published in 1914, it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas. Now on January 6th 2014, UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to announce the release of an exciting new iPad app – including the full story read by renowned actor...

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Remembering Jim by Charles Johnston

Posted by From The Front Row on 19 December 2013.

During the early ‘1970’s’, I joined Charles Barker, a large advertising agency at 20 Cannon Street in the City of London. I worked with a team of Art Directors under the watchful eye of an Irish Creative Director named Denis McDonnell who commanded his post with strict authority quite unlike the personality that I would have expected from a fellow Irishman. One of the Art Directors I worked along side with was a humorous London...

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Kerry Women Writers Gather & Speak Out

Posted by From The Front Row on 5 December 2013.

Women writers from all over Kerry met in the Seanchaí Centre, The Kerry Writers’ Museum, in Listowel on Saturday 30th December.  The Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, launched the Forum and explained its origins.  He had been spending time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan last year when he met playwright Amy Conroy. Conroy’s the founder of HotForTheatre, formed in 2010, and writer of their debut show ‘I...

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Mountians To Sea DLR Book Festival Curator Sought

Posted by From The Front Row on 29 November 2013.

The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is seeking a creative enthusiastic person with a strong literary background and significant experience in programming events or festivals to curate the 2014 festival that will take place in September 2014. Full details regarding this contract for service and how to apply are below, and also available on www.mountainstosea.ie or by calling (01) 271 9532 The 2014 festival will be a celebratory version of the Mountains to Sea...

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Both Keats-Shelley Prizes for 2013 won by Irish Writers :)

Posted by From The Front Row on 14 November 2013.

Writing.ie were delighted to hear that, on 7 November, in front of a distinguished audience that filled St. Martin’s Hall (London) in the Crypt filled to capacity, the prestigious Keats-Shelley Essay prize for 2013 was awarded to Eleanor Fitzsimons for her essay ‘The Shelleys in Ireland: Passion masquerading as insight?’ The prestigious Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry was awarded to another Irish writer, Patrick Cotter, for his poem ‘Madra’. This is the first time in the...

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New Biography of John Redmond Launched

Posted by From The Front Row on 7 November 2013.

Merrion, an imprint of Irish Academic Press, is delighted to announce a major  biography of John Redmond, The National Leader, by Dermot Meleady. The book was launched by Kevin Myers at the Royal Irish Academy, on 6th November 2013. The launch was also attended by Redmond’s surviving relatives, namely Dr. Mary Green and her brother John Green, the great-grandchildren of John Redmond who travelled from the UK. Through exhaustive research into Redmond’s personal papers, Dermot...

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Free-to-watch live Getting Published Workshop

Posted by From The Front Row on 4 November 2013.

Finished your manuscript but aren’t sure how to approach agents and publishers? WritersWebTV will open the door to the whole process on Saturday, November 9th with Getting Published featuring agents Carole Blake, Julia Churchill, Paul Feldstein and sensational self-published author Hazel Gaynor. Carole Blake will impart wisdom from her best-selling publishing guide From Pitch to Publication, and tell writers what to expect from a publishing deal and how to secure one. The US publishing market...

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