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A blog by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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!

Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.

You can follow Vanessa online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Red Line Book Festival: October 8th-14th 2018

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 17 August 2018.

Literature lovers in South Dublin and beyond are advised to clear their calendars from Oct 8 – 14 2018, as the Red Line Book Festival returns for an exciting eighth edition. A celebration of all things literary, the Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South Dublin each October Full details of the fantastic programme for this year’s festival are...

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Call For Submissions: NEWvember New Plays Festival 2018

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 2 August 2018.

Submissions deadline: 17th August 2018 AboutFACE Ireland are very happy to announce they are now accepting submissions of new plays from playwrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world, for the 2018 NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin, to be held over three days November 8th to 10th at The New Theatre in Dublin’s city centre. The closing date for submissions is Friday August 17th 2018. There is no fee for submissions and all...

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Listen Now Again: the life and work of Seamus Heaney

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 9 July 2018.

Kerrie O’Brien writes: Listen Now Again, the new exhibition devoted to the life and work of Seamus Heaney, has officially opened in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on College Green. The extensive archive of material was donated by Heaney to the National Library of Ireland in 2011 and has been brillantly curated by Professor Geraldine Higgins. On arrival, the first thing that greets you is a specially commissioned sculpture by Maser...

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Independent Bookshop Week Book Award Winners Announced

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 15 June 2018.

The Booksellers Association and Bookselling Ireland have today announced the winners of this year’s Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award. As voted for by local independent bookshops and judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists, the three winners are Amor Towles for A Gentleman in Moscow (Windmill) in Adult Category, Geraldine McCaughrean for Where the World Ends (Walker Books) in Children’s, and Nicola Davies and illustrator, Emily Sutton for Lots: The Diversity of...

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Create Publishing launches into the Indian self-publishing market

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 1 June 2018.

Create Publishing, part of leading UK independent publishing group Legend Times, has announced its launch into the Indian self-publishing marketplace. Create Publishing is the sister company of highly successful self-publisher New Generation Publishing which has been trading in the UK and internationally for almost 10 years. This experience within the self-publishing sector, alongside many traditional publishing link-ups, will see Indian authors benefit from extensive international distribution channels and book markets – predominantly the US, the...

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Must See Play: I SEE YOU by Amy de Bhrún

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 23 May 2018.

If there was ever a week to see a play like I SEE YOU by Amy de Bhrún, currently running in Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay, this is it. Not that this play couldn’t or shouldn’t be equally well received at any future date. And wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if at some time in the future I SEE YOU audiences were to sit and marvel at how women like those on-stage were oppressed...

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Scripts 2018 Programme is LIVE!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 18 May 2018.

A thrilling programme, full of theatrical gems, has been announced for this year’s SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival taking place in Birr in June. Our picturesque Offaly town will play host to an ensemble of playwrights, actors, producers, directors for four fun filled days from Thursday 14- Sunday 17 June. This year’s programme is jam-packed with something for all theatre lovers including top quality theatrical productions including Pilgrim and Mary & Me, children’s theatre (Tom Thumb and The Little Prince), a...

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2018 Programme

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 March 2018.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature has announced details of a diverse and eclectic programme, curated by its new Director, Dr. Emily Cullen. Leading Irish and international authors, an exploration of language across art forms and a strong commitment to Irish-language writing are at the heart of the 33rdCúirt International Festival of Literature, which will take place in Galway this April 23 – 29. This year’s Cúírt festival will see the voices of some of the...

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UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School May 3-6

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 3 March 2018.

UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School – University of Limerick, Ireland, May 3rd to 6th, 2018 Speakers include SIR BOB GELDOF, MARIAN KEYES, KEVIN BARRY, JOSEPH O’CONNOR, DONAL RYAN, MARY O’MALLEY, KERRY NEVILLE, MARTIN DYAR, SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD, EOIN DEVEREUX, ALAN HAYES of ARLEN HOUSE publishers. ‘Food and Storytelling: a Literary Brunch,’ led by UL Creative Writing MA graduate and Food Writer, RACHAEL KEALY. Live recording of RTE Radio 1 ‘SUNDAY MISCELLANY’ at UL’s Irish World...

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Two New Thrillers by Catherine Ryan Howard Acquired by Corvus

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 28 February 2018.

Corvus, Atlantic Books have announced that they have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to the next two novels by bestselling author Catherine Ryan Howard from Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company/David Higham. Catherine Ryan Howard first broke onto the scene with Distress Signals in 2016, with her second novel The Liar’s Girl due for publication in March 2018. She comments: ‘I couldn’t be happier to be writing two more books for Corvus. The...

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