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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.

Wanted! Dublin City Public Libraries Reader in Residence

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

Dublin City Public Libraries are committed to developing  the role of the library as a centre for culture, with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs. The Reader-in Residence programme fulfils these commitments by providing opportunities for positive engagement with libraries and reading for children, young people and their families. Dublin City Public Libraries delivers library services to the North East Inner City through the Central Library at the ILAC Centre and the...

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BooksAreMyBag BookshopDay

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 7 October 2016.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG, the annual celebration of books and bookshops will return this October, with bookshops across Ireland hosting special events, author visits, competitions, window displays and more on the first #BookshopDay, 8thOctober. The campaign aims to celebrate bookshops and the vital role they play in our communities, and people are invited to display their love of books by buying a Books Are My Bag tote bag. For the first time this year there is...

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Win Tickets to the Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

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

Autumn signals the start of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards season and the organisers are are gearing up to bring you the very best of Irish writing in their annual campaign. The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish literary talent. The Awards dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar...

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Marnie Richards Cover Reveal: The Girl Who Had No Fear

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 19 September 2016.

The fourth gripping thriller in the Georgina McKenzie series. Amsterdam: a city where sex sells and drugs come easy. Four dead bodies have been pulled from the canals – and that number’s rising fast. Is a serial killer on the loose? Or are young clubbers falling prey to a lethal batch of crystal meth? Chief Inspector Van den Bergen calls on criminologist Georgina McKenzie to help him solve this mystery. George goes deep undercover among...

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Corpus by Rory Clements Cover Reveal

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 13 September 2016.

Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics, The Queen’s Man, and Holy Spy, follow Elizabeth’s Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. Rory Clements won the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger,...

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Judi Curtin, A World Book Day Title!

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

World Book Day UK and Ireland has announced an all-star line-up of authors and illustrators to help it celebrate its 20th anniversary, with the goal of encouraging greater engagement with reading and ownership of books by children. The reading for pleasure charity has recruited “national treasures” including Judi Curtin, David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson to help it reach more children and young people than ever. These authors will each contribute an official...

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Nielsen ISBN Store a Hit!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 23 August 2016.

The Nielsen ISBN store is officially launched a few days ago and customers have been finding it very easy to use. After nearly 50 years of promoting and selling ISBNs and prefixes to publishers in the UK & Ireland via a manual process, Nielsen has launched an online store that enables publishers and selfpublished authors to go to one site and purchase ISBNs, Book2Look widgets and a subscription to their BookData Enhanced service, enabling publishers...

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Odyssey: A Continuous Reading For Calais – Please Share!

Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin on 14 August 2016.

On Thursday 18 August a host of Ireland’s bestselling authors will gather for Odyssey: A Continuous Reading for Calais to raise funds for L’École Laïque du Chemin des Dunes, a school for child and adult refugees in Calais, and for the unaccompanied minors of the camp. From 11am to 8pm there will be a continuous reading in the front window of Dubray Books on Grafton Street 50 readers will read a piece of their choosing for 10 minutes...

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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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