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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.

Inaugural Los Gatos/Listowel Writers’ Festival & Competitions

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 9 August 2016.

The inaugural Los Gatos/Listowel Writers’ Festival will take place in Los Gatos, California from 6th to 9th October 2016. The organisers are happy to announce the following writing competitions – closing date 10 September 2016: The 2016 Short Story Contest will be judged by Kevin Barry and a Listowel Writers’ Week judge, tba. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Terms and Conditions: fiction only 5000 word count maximum all submissions must be in English standard formatting: 12 point font, double-spaced....

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A Crime Fiction Frenzy…Margaret Bonass Madden Reports from @TheakstonsCrime

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 28 July 2016.

I have thousands of friends.  All like-minded, book-loving, fiction fiends. Thousands of men and women who I chat to on a regular basis and have become part of my daily life.  We share gossip, compare photos and make each other laugh.  We have bad days but pick each other up when we are down.  The thing is, these people are not ‘friends’ in the traditional sense. They are my tweeps; my posse of fellow book...

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A Crime World Away From It All – Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival In Harrogate

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 27 July 2016.

Tara Sparling reports from the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival: Is the real world getting you down? Did all four wheels just fall off your car and get crushed by a steamroller? Has your boss just announced a corporate restructuring of exactly one employee – and that employee is you? Or are you simply one of the many people for whom turning on the news these past months has felt like playing Russian Roulette with your...

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The BFG Children’s Poetry Competition Winners

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 12 July 2016.

To celebrate the release of The BFG opening in cinemas on July 22nd, we partnered with Entertainment One for a very special children’s poetry competition. This summer, the talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the...

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The BFG Children’s Poetry Competition!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 15 June 2016.

To celebrate the release of The BFG opening in cinemas on July 22nd, Writing.ie have partnered with Entertainment One for a very special children’s poetry competition. This summer, the talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to...

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Unzip Your Lit Quickenings: LINGO IS BACK!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 8 June 2016.

LINGO, Ireland’s first spoken word festival, has announced its return for 21st – 23rd October 2016. The Dublin based festival, now in its third year, has featured the cream of spoken word talent from all over Ireland, the UK and US, including an unforgettable multi-headliner show at The Button Factory with global luminary Saul Williams, in his first Irish appearance in seven years.   With last year’s audience figures reaching 1,500, Programme Director Erin Fornoff says,...

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Sheena Lambert On Theatre and Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 1 June 2016.

Sheena Lambert recently went to see Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party for Writing.ie. Here are her thoughts… Harold Pinter would like me. Like Pinter, I too would describe myself as “a writer who can write, but I’m not as good as all that”. I’m also not a professional critic (he wasn’t a big fan of those), I’m just a theatre-goer who expects to be entertained when I go to see a play. Which is why...

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Announced

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 31 May 2016.

The shortlist for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. Celebrating its twelfth year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016. The award ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 21 July on the opening night...

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Per Cent for Art Literature Commission

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 18 May 2016.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 June. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a literature commission as part of the dlr Public Art Programme of commissions. This commission is open to writers working in any genre (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, script-writing, screen-writing, etc.) A central aim will be the creation of new work. The writer will concentrate on working in the Blackrock area of the County, with a specific focus...

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Irish playwrights: 3 weeks to £10,000 comedy playwriting prize deadline

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 11 May 2016.

Comedy playwrights from the Republic of Ireland have three weeks left to be in with a chance of winning £10,000 and the opportunity to have their work considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court. The second Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize closes on Tuesday May 31st. It is run in partnership between Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool’s Royal Court. Last year’s winner, comedian Katie Mulgrew (daughter of Jimmy Cricket), is currently working with Liverpool’s Royal Court and Unity Theatre...

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