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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 Simon Trewin at WME 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.

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Sexual Harassment: SoA and The Bookseller calling for industry-wide cooperation

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 November 2017.

In the wake of The Bookseller’s findings from their industry survey into sexual harassment, the Society of Authors has joined trade magazine’s call for the sector to work together. On Friday 10 November, The Bookseller published the findings of its survey into sexual harassment in the publishing industry. The SoA now joins their call for all sections of publishing to work together to find constructive solutions. As Publishers Association CEO Stephen Lotinga said on Monday:...

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The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 November 2017.

The second Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors took place on Wednesday 25th of October at the Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square, Dublin. Patricia Nugent sent us this fascinating report of the night: The Cap Awards is the brainchild of Carolann Copland of Carousel Creates, who is herself an independently published author of two thrillers: Summer Triangle and Scarred. She is currently editing her third novel in this trilogy. Carolann set up The CAP Awards...

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AboutFACE Ireland NEWvember Dublin New Plays Festival: The Winners

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 24 October 2017.

AboutFACE Ireland have announced the final selections for their 2017 NEWvember Dublin New Plays Festival – a showcase of original plays to be held at Belvedere Houseon Great Denmark Street, in Dublin’s city centre, November 16-19 2017. The announcement was made by AboutFACE Co-Artistic Directors Anna Nugent and Paul Nugent. NEWvember Dublin will feature these works over a four-day weekend, presented via rehearsed readings. After 6 years of NEWvember Festivals in New York, this is the first year the event will...

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Win the Chance to Meet Dan Brown

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 3 October 2017.

Global bestselling author Dan Brown is offering an exclusive meet and greet with one lucky competition winner on the night of his only UK appearance in Harrogate on Monday October 9. His UK publisher, Transworld, said: “It’s incredibly rare for Dan to host an individual meet and greet, even more so as this is his only UK appearance. Dan’s really thrilled to have chosen Harrogate, which has such a fantastic reputation for hosting literary events, to...

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Dublin Book Festival Programme 2017

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 2 October 2017.

The full programme for the Dublin Book Festival 2017 is now live and available to view on the Dublin Book Festival website. The Festival will take place from 2 – 5 November, with Smock Alley Theatre as the festival hub. The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books,...

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Elizabeth Reapy awarded Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2017

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 26 September 2017.

Elizabeth Reapy has been awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her debut novel, Red Dirt. The prize is awarded for a body of work by a young Irish writer that shows exceptional promise. The novel was published in 2016 by Head of Zeus, and has since garnered considerable praise with Reapy named Newcomer of the Year last November at the 2016 Irish Book Awards. Following the announcement of Reapy’s victory, Jonathan Williams, literary...

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Dublin City Council Invites Applications for a Writer in Residence

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 6 September 2017.

Dublin City Council invites applications for a Writer in Residence, as part of its Culture & Creativity Plan under the Creative Ireland programme.  The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by The Irish Writers’ Centre. The residency is open to published writers working in any genre of...

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea Surpasses One Million Copies Sold

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 31 August 2017.

Judith Kerr, the best-selling children’s author, has been awarded with a Specsavers Platinum Bestseller Award as her classic children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea surpasses one million units sold. Judith Kerr was presented with the award at a ceremony at the office of her publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, central London. The Specsavers Bestseller Awards, powered by Nielsen Book, celebrate the most successful books in Britain based on actual sales measured by Nielsen. Inspired...

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Movement and Migration: Children’s Books Ireland Conference 2017

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 18 August 2017.

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September, Light House Cinema, Smithfield Having established itself as the most significant event for adults interested in children’s books in the country, the 27th Children’s Books Ireland annual conference once again promises a packed two-day programme of discussion and debate. The weekend long celebration of the very best in children’s books both at home and internationally, sees a whole array of speakers invited to discuss the numerous and innovative ways...

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Chris Brookmyre Wins 2017 Crime Novel of the Year

Posted by writingie on 21 July 2017.

Chris Brookmyre has tonight scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Black Widow. Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country. Black Widow is a story of cyber-abuse, where ‘even the twists have twists’. It features Brookmyre’s long-time character, reporter Jack Parlabane. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she had been given the novel as an early Valentine’s Day present by...

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