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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.

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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Attention Playwrights! SCRIPTS: Ireland’s Playwriting Festival Seeks New Works

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 12 February 2018.

Calling the writers, poets, dreamers, and schemers. Scripts is seeking new plays to inspire, inject, invent, invoke, and incite. The theme this year is DREAMS. From the large dreams for the future to the micro dreams of the day to day; dreams keep us looking to the future, delving into the unconscious, and questioning what’s before us. In the words of the wonderfully talented Dolores O’Riordan, “Oh my life is changing everyday, in every possible...

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Diverse shortlist announced for inaugural TA First Translation Prize

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

A diverse shortlist for the inaugural TA First Translation Prize includes fiction, non-fiction and a graphic novel, representing five languages and six countries – ‘a celebration of new talent, of new voices, skill and risk-taking’. The judges of the inaugural TA First Translation Prize have announced a shortlist of six books by new literary translators. Among the shortlisted books are a graphic novel, four works of fiction and one non-fiction book, in translations from Arabic,...

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PEN America Merger Against Threats to Expression

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 8 January 2018.

PEN America and PEN Center USA move to unite writers coast to coast to strengthen defense against new threats to expression – PEN Center USA in Los Angeles to Join Forces with PEN America in New York to Create National Organization PEN America and PEN Center USA will join forces in 2018 as a stronger national organization under the banner of PEN America, uniting writers coast to coast to bolster the defense of free expression in the...

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Freelance Fees Guide: What Should You Be Charging?

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

Whether you’re already a freelancer or you’re in the process of considering a career change in the New Year, one of the first things you need to think about is how much you’re going to charge for your writing services. A lot of people dive headfirst into a freelance position without really thinking about the financial logistics of the job, so we’ve compiled some top tips to make sure you’re not underselling your skills. Different...

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New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights for the Visually Impaired

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 12 December 2017.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to a public consultation on the transposition of Directive (EU) 2017/1564 into Irish law. The Directive provides for mandatory exceptions to copyright and related rights protection to permit the reproduction, distribution and making available of published works in formats designed to be accessible to the blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print-disabled or persons with a physical disability that prevents them from holding and manipulating a book. ...

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature announces highlights of the 2018 festival

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

Cúirt International Festival of Literature has announced highlights of the 2018 festival, which runs from April 23 – 29 in Galway. The 2018 programme has been curated by the new Programme Director for Cúirt, Emily Cullen. The full festival line-up will be announced next February. Contributors to the 33rd Cúirt International Festival of Literature include: Recent winner of the ‘Novel of the Year’ prize (for Midwinter Break) at the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book...

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Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s ‘Postcards from the Ledge’ to return to the Gaiety Theatre

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 23 November 2017.

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s ‘Postcards from the Ledge’ is set to return to the Gaiety Theatre from 9th – 14th April 2018 for strictly one week only due to phenomenal public demand. Having opened to rave reviews and standing ovations last October, don’t miss your chance to see the hilarious ‘Postcards from the Ledge’ starring Rory Nolan as it makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, news that will delight Ross O’Carroll-Kelly fans in the run-up to Christmas. Tickets...

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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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