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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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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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Gate Theatre Blog Review Competition

Posted by From The Front Row on 31 October 2013.

Do you like to write or regularly contribute to a website or blog? Post a link to a personal review of any recent Gate production and the best one will be rewarded with the prize of the mini-library of Brecht & Weill publications featured here . The Gate Theatre will also feature the winning Blog on their Facebook page. Entries are open until November 5th so get posting! Any blogger can enter, the Theatre simply...

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National Emerging Writing Programme Authors

Posted by From The Front Row on 24 October 2013.

As part of the forthcoming Dublin Book Festival  the three featured authors in the National Emerging Writer Programme will be appearing at The Irish Writers Centre on 16th November, in conversation with programme developer Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know how to start? Then learn how from those who have done it. Developed by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin at writing.ie and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the National...

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Dublin City Council Arts Grants: Deadline 10 November 2014

Posted by From The Front Row on 17 October 2013.

One hundred and twelve artists and arts organisations have reaped the benefits of Dublin City Council’s Art Service Plan in the past year.  €530,000 in arts grants was been awarded to fund projects, festivals and events throughout the city. The €530,000 award fund, which has remained constant over the last number of years despite cutbacks, has been divided amongst artists and arts organisations whose applications were complementary to the following objectives: Achieving quality provision of...

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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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