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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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Limerick Prepares for Feast of Poetry During October

Posted by From The Front Row on 5 October 2013.

This year’s Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival will run from 24th to 26th October. Events include lunchtime readings at the Hunt Museum, screenings of poetry films, a varied programme for schools and the ‘Young Poet of the Year Award’. Cuisle 2013 will also feature evening performances by Anthony Cronin, Biddy Jenkinson, Slovenian poet Iztok Osojnik, Macdara Woods and Hugh Maxton among others, and this year the festival’s network of poetic exchanges, which already includes...

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Free to Watch Online Workshop: The Results

Posted by From The Front Row on 3 October 2013.

In a world first in online learning for writers, Saturday 28th September saw the first writerswebtv.com broadcast. Featuring Irish and international best-selling writers and industry professionals, writerswebtv.com broadcast free-to-watch live online workshops are aimed at new and aspiring authors keen to polish their writing and get it on the path to publication. On Saturday, months of planning, six hours of live filming, six contributors and five audience members all joined to create an incredible experience...

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We haven’t had an earthquake lately – looking on the bright side through poetry and prose

Posted by From The Front Row on 26 September 2013.

A reading in Waterford with a feel good vibe. According to Rudyard Kipling, ‘words are… the most powerful drug used by mankind’ and with this in mind, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust  (WHAT) invites readers and writers alike to share their favourite feel-good poem / short piece of prose. Actress Lynda Gough and some of the contributors will read a selection of the submissions at a free public reading in The Book Centre, Waterford on...

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Brian Leyden: The ‘skinny’ on new Irish feature film Black Ice.

Posted by From The Front Row on 19 September 2013.

Eithne Shortall in the Sunday Times reports that “most Irish films have no chance of success unless audiences attend a screening within the first three days of its release”.  On Monday morning after the opening weekend cinema staff examine the box office figures and “decide whether to pull movies on the following Thursday or keep them running”. So even with the pulling power of rising star Killian Scott from Love/Hate; a powerful central performance from...

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Stephen James Smith and Enda Reilly – Arise and Go!

Posted by From The Front Row on 5 September 2013.

In what will be a superb night at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, (2nd Floor, 78 Grafton Street, Dublin 2) on September 27th, Stephen James Smith and and Enda Reilly are presenting their collaboration project Arise and Go!  The show is based on their album which re-interprets the poetry of Padraic MacPiaras, Patrick Kavanagh, W.B. Yeats and Luke Kelly, and which was highly recommended by Hot Press as one of the folk albums of the year in...

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An Arthur Guinness Project: xTending Irish Literature

Posted by From The Front Row on 15 August 2013.

Bestselling thriller writer Laurence O’Bryan explains his xTending Irish Literature project: For the next three years Guinness will be providing €3 million for a variety of projects in Ireland to support music, sport, the arts and food related projects. Many of the projects up for funding look exciting and interesting. This is an innovative way to allocate funds to projects and Guinness must be very happy with the exposure they are getting. I decided a...

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Scandinavian Author Visits Kicks Off New Literary Exchange Programme

Posted by From The Front Row on 8 August 2013.

Norwegian IMPAC Nominee Kjersti A. Skomsvold, author of The Faster I Walk, The Small I Am will be in Dublin this month to kick off the new Outposts Literary Exchange programme. Ireland and Scandinavia have a strong shared cultural heritage since Viking times and the Irish Writers’ Centre seeks to celebrate this unique connection. Beginning this August, the foundations will be laid for a long and rewarding literary relationship. Acclaimed Swedish author Peter Fröberg Idling (Pol...

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Baring Our Ashes in the Creative Heart of Dublin

Posted by From The Front Row on 9 July 2013.

Poetry and music are at the heart of the art scene and nightlife in Dublin.  On any given night, you can find yourself in the company of strangers, friends, poets, storytellers and musicians, and along with them, you can take in some of the best in creativity that this city has to offer.   It’s been two years since I first arrived in Dublin.  I came here because I wanted to give myself time and space...

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Emma Tobin: Why I Write

Posted by From The Front Row on 20 June 2013.

Writing is something we do, something we live; the songs that we sing with such passion as we wash away our sorrows in the shower. Humans feel, we rave; we never go gentle into that good night, because we are, by our nature, beings of passion and we express it through our writings. We fight against these dystopian worlds that emerge in our darker daydreams. For me, writing is what keeps me alive. I get...

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An Exciting New Arts and Literature Magazine for Children

Posted by From The Front Row on 30 May 2013.

The Caterpillar, the younger sibling of The Moth (www.themothmagazine.com), is a truly international and very visual new magazine for children. The first issue, which is launched on 2 June at the Moth Studios, will feature great writers like Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse; Mark Lowery, shortlisted for a Roald Dahl Funny Prize this year; and Janet Wong, who has read her poems on the Oprah Winfrey Show and at The White House. The Caterpillar...

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