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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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Society of Authors Hits 10,000 Members!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 17 July 2017.

The Society of Authors started July  2017 with a total membership of 10,051. The 10,000 milestone will be celebrated on Tuesday 18 July at the SoA’s Summer Party at Waterstones Piccadilly, with an address from SoA council member Antonia Fraser dedicated to ‘Member 10,000’, the ten authors whose joining in June took membership numbers into five figures. The SoA invited current members to write welcome messages for Member 10,000, to be published this week in...

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Books@One Festival, Louisburgh: August 17th – 20th, 2017

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 14 July 2017.

Louisburgh, County Mayo, August 17th – 20th, 2017. To celebrate the bookstore’s first birthday, Books@One are pleased to announce their inaugural Books@One Festival. Weird birthday traditions of the world include covering the birthday person in flour (Caribbean), pulling on earlobes (Hungary), smearing noses with butter (Canada), assembling fairy bread (Australia) or shaving heads and holding over a fire pit (India). Here at Books@One, Louisburgh, County Mayo we are going a less dramatic but equally exciting...

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2017 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition

Posted by writingie on 9 July 2017.

Submissions Deadline: 9th August 2017 Open to poets and fiction writers worldwide, the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition is now taking online submissions. Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total...

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Ross O’Carroll-Kelly: Postcards from the Ledge by Paul Howard at the Gaiety Theatre

Posted by writingie on 3 July 2017.

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly takes his rightful place in the spotlight … starring in his own one-man show on the stage of the Gaiety Theatre. For 19 performances only at the Gaiety Theatre, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly: Postcards from the Ledge by Paul Howard will be running from 25th October to 11th November 2017. Starring Rory Nolan as Ross, tickets from €22 are on sale now. The year is 2029 and Ireland is in the midst of an economic boom....

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Get Cat Connolly Book 3 Dedicated to You Plus Much More #authorsforgrenfell

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

Authors for Grenfell is an online auction is raising money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, for residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Around 1:00 a.m. on 14 June 2017, a fire in this residential tower block in west London spread to engulf the entire building. Despite the heroic efforts of the fire service, all 120 flats in the building have been destroyed. The death toll stands at 58 and is...

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Words Ireland Mentoring Opportunity: Apply Now!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 20 June 2017.

Words Ireland – a collective of seven Irish literature organisations – is initiating a total of 11 literature mentoring relationships in 2017, six of which are offered in partnership with the Arts Offices of Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Words Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from experienced and established writer-mentors working in the areas of adult fiction, children’s/YA fiction and/or poetry to undertake the mentoring of writers...

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Speak Out: Literary Community Unites for Writers at Risk

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 19 June 2017.

The Society of Authors and the Publishers Association join forces with English PEN to campaign for imprisoned writers across the globe English PEN, the Society of Authors and the Publishers Association are pleased to announce the launch of their joint campaign ‘Speak Out’. English PEN has long campaigned for the rights of writers and other literary professionals who are unjustly persecuted, harassed, imprisoned, and in the most extreme cases murdered, in violation of their right to...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Ballet Opens (Check the Video)

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 27 May 2017.

The Northern Ballet’s production of John Boyne’s bestselling novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, premiered this weekend to rapturous applause  and is to go on tour throughout the north of England over the coming months. To coincide with the production, the Northern Ballet have produced a beautiful illustrated interview with John Boyne, see below. Further details about the places the production will be visiting are available here. Take a look into the creation of The...

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We Need Your Vote! Dead Good Reader Awards

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

In 2016, over 10,000 readers voted for their favourite crime novels and authors in the Dead Good Reader Awards, with Sharon Bolton, Ragnar Jonasson and Peter James amongst those crowned as winners. The Dead Good Readers site had so much fun last year, they are doing it all over again – with six new award categories! The first step is the nomination process. Simply nominate your winners at the link below and the most popular...

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Date with an Agent 2017: Successful Candidates

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 14 April 2017.

Congratulations to the 75 Date With An Agent applicants who have been invited to participate in workshops at the How To Get Published Day at Smock Alley on Sat May 20th 2017, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin. With many hundreds of applications, it was a tough job to get to the list below, and the standard was very high this year, so huge congratulations to everyone who entered. The agent led workshops we are running...

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