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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.

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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Date With An Agent 2017: New Agent & Deadline Extended!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 15 February 2017.

The hugely popular Date with an Agent programme, hosted by International Literature Festival Dublin and Writing.ie, returns in 2017 – this time with some format changes to enhance the day for both writers and agents. Successful applicants will be invited to attend to an information-packed event at Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 20th May, 10am – 5pm. We are very excited to announce that Millie Hoskins of United Agents will be joining out panel –...

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Wexford Literary Festival Launches

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 7 February 2017.

Book lovers will be flocking to the South-East this Valentine’s week for the launch of the Wexford Literary Festival, which takes place this year from May 19-May 21. Since it was set up in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, four years ago, the festival has established itself as a significant fixture in the country’s literary scene. This year’s line-up is further testament to its success, with speakers and judges including writers Donal Ryan, Alex Barclay, Sinead Moriarty...

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William Wall Wins Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 29 January 2017.

Corkonian William Wall is the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for a book of short stories. His manuscript The Islands was selected by acclaimed author David Gates from a field of over 300 entries. The Islands will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press later this year. The DHLP also includes a cash prize of $15,000. “The Islands is evocative, moving yet tough-minded, written...

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Win a Writing or Publishing Masterclass with Sam Blake

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 1 January 2017.

Sam Blake’s No 1 bestseller LITTLE BONES, shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2016, is coming out in  paperback in Ireland and the UK in February, and to celebrate, Sam Blake aka Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is offering a one hour masterclass (in Dublin or London) worth €250, for one lucky reader who joins the Sam Blake mailing list before 1st February 2017. The draw will be made on 2nd February and the class will be arranged at a time and in a...

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Stellar Names for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2017!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 16 December 2016.

Christmas has come early for crime fiction lovers as the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has given a glimpse of its 2017 line-up. To mark the 15th annual celebration of the genre, hosted at Agatha Christie’s old haunt, the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, 2017 promises an event of historic proportions. Special Guests announced to date are titans of the genre Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter May, Stuart MacBride and Kathy Reichs. The Festival...

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