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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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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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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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