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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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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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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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