Date With An Agent: the Selected Writers 2024 | Guest Bloggers | From the Front Row

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

Date With An Agent is an integral part of The Insider’s Guide to Publishing Conference on 18th May 2024 at the International Literature Festival Dublin.

An unprecedented number of writers submitted work to be read by our selected readers who were each reading on behalf of one of our agents:

Sarah Davis Goff was reading for Max Edwards

Niamh O’Connor was reading for Madeline Cotter

Noel O’Regan was reading for Simon Trewin

Olivia Hope was reading for Polly Nolan

Ally Bunbury was reading for Nicki Lovick

Amanda Cassidy was reading for Sara O’Keefe

Our selected writers are as follows:

Max Edwards, Aevitas Creative Management / Speculative Fiction & Science Fiction

NameTitle of Work
Lauren O’DonovanA Singular Paradox
Nuala McGarryOrion’s Pride
Leanne FitzpatrickTales of the In-between: Frost and Chaos
Cathy ButlerSomeone Must Always Be At The House
Jason ClarkCHIMERA
Bex SheridanEvernight
Gloria BellesiEternity
Claire FoxDivine Errors
Jessica O’SullivanThe Line
Pamela KeeleyFeckless

Madeleine Cotter, WGM Atlantic / Screen (Film & TV)

NameTitle of Work
Shane McCabeFARC
Kathleen MacadamThe Outback Dream
David CowzerShorst Skirts and Revolvers
Jim GarganTain Bo Cuailgne
Katie McCannThe Companion
Jack QuinnSchool of Gods
Caroline FarrellIona’s House
John O’DonnellSwallows
Peter HanlyBring Your Blue Sky Back
Sinead RocheThe Hit

Simon Trewin, Simon Trewin Creative / Literary Fiction & Book Club

NameTitle of Work
Pippa SlatteryIn the Shape of You
Catherine GodfreyWhen All’s Said and Done
Conor Crummey*The Back of my Hand
Anne O’BrienSwallow
Mai BlackThe Shakespeare Ladies Club
Grainne DalyThe Game
Chris WrightDon’t Waste your Breath on a Magpie
Bronagh SlevinSongs of Grace
Colm O’SheaCathedral
Ciara BroderickCatfish

Polly Nolan, PaperCuts Ltd / Children & YA

NameTitle of Work
Maeve ClancyUlysses for children
Jack PooleGod Complex
Orla WalshThe Girl on the Grey Bus
Christina DiffleyRedwing
Cathy McDonnellMini the Guinea, Build-Bake, Dragons
Matthew HarrisonThe Compass, The Stone and The Thief
Paul BoyleKingdom Come
Sarah O’ConnellCracks
Ciara AllenMovie Magic
Paula HandEmily and the Spyglass

Nicky Lovick, WGM Atlantic / Women’s Fiction

NameTitle of Work
Chelsea BrightThe Crying of Crows
Brenda Pieper-Callan*The Purple Scarf
Angela LewonczykAmerican in Paris
Tricia HolbrookLove is a 4-letter Word
Jude McCarthySynopsis of Diary of an UnBreakable Girl
Kerriann SpeersSatis House
Betty CoddAbigail
Jenni BarrettThe Life That’s Waiting
Karen SwannFor All Our Tomorrows
Geri McFaddenLisa

Sara O’Keeffe, Aevitas Creative Management / Crime & Thriller

NameTitle of Work
Claire ShevlinBlood Floral
Fiona O’MalleyA Christmas Day Murder
Stacey KearneySpencer Drive
Janine EdgeworthSara
Claire O’DonnellNest of Bones
Jarlath GregoryThe Trinity Murders
Ita RocheBlock 44
Amanda O’ConnellInis
Aoife McKeeferThe Flame That Beckons
Bernie McQuillan*Black and Blue

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