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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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Kerry Writer Rebecca Kemp in #TwitterFiction Festival

Posted by From The Front Row on 8 March 2014.

Rebecca Kemp (@REKemp1) from Tralee, Co. Kerry has been selected as a featured author in the #TwitterFiction festival. As a selected author Rebecca will join over 50 writers from 11 countries around the world to present their eclectic mix of fictional stories to the world on Twitter, all in real time. Rebecca, who is originally from London but has been living in Tralee for the past 10 years, will Tweet her story entitled “The incredible...

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Launch of Kerry Women Writers’ Network

Posted by From The Front Row on 3 March 2014.

The newly-formed Kerry Women Writers’ Network will be launched at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Tralee, on Saturday March 8th by Minister Jimmy Deenihan as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day. Twenty-five women will read from their original work, including poems, prose pieces and dramatic monologue between 8pm and 10pm. Writing groups represented will included the Seanchaí Writers’ Group, Tralee Women’s Resource Centre Writing Group, Tralee, Diverse Writers Group, Scriobhnóirí Sliabh Luachra, Corcha...

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Win Tickets to DLR Library Voices Karen Joy Fowler Event

Posted by From The Front Row on 27 February 2014.

Writing.ie have five pairs of tickets to giveaway to the upcoming DLR Voices event with Karen Joy Fowler,  the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club was a huge bestseller and became a firm book club favourite. Her new novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is the story of a middle class American family, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart...

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Change to Limerick Literary Festival line-up

Posted by From The Front Row on 22 February 2014.

Organisers of the 2014 Limerick Literary Festival have confirmed that on receipt of medical advice Edna O’Brien is unable to travel to Ireland to participate in this weekend’s festival. Festival organisers have confirmed that award winning novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry has been added to the 30th annual Festival programme in Ms. O’Brien’s absence. Sebastian Barry’s novels and plays have won numerous awards including the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the...

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Telling the Story about Climate Change

Posted by From The Front Row on 13 February 2014.

Irish Author Oisín McGann Joins Writers from the UK, Germany, Poland and Australia for Major Environmental Project. From February 2014 – September 2015, Oisín McGann will be working as Writer in Residence with Tallaght Community Arts to represent Dublin, Ireland on an international project, called Weather Stations that places literature and storytelling at the heart of discussions about climate change. Weather Stations brings Oisín McGann and Tallaght Community Arts together with international Writers in Residence,...

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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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