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Date With An Agent: The Agent Dates Revealed!

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 8 April 2016 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers · Writing Competitions ).
An image promoting the International Literature Festival in Dublin, 2016

The Date with an Agent event is an opportunity for writers to meet with some of the UK and Ireland’s top agents to discuss their work, get tips and possibly representation. It is Ireland’s largest talent-spotting event, with  five leading leading literary agents keen to sign new talent arriving in Dublin on 28th May 2016 as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin’s Getting Published Conference, programmed and run by Writing.ie.

Open to everyone and running in tandem with the Date with an Agent event (which is for pre-selected applicants only), the Getting Published conference will bring some of Ireland’s top editors, film and TV scouts and authors together in one jam packed day full of information about the industry. Getting Published will demystify the business of publishing, explaining how it all works from contract to bookshelf. Find out what needs to be included in your submission package to publishers or agents and who to approach. New for this year’s conference, Getting Published will feature a panel discussion with Story Consultant and Script Writer Eilish Kent and Script Editor of TV3’s Red Rock Kieran Grimes, offering advice to those looking to break into the world of film and television. The conference is open to everyone and booking will be open soon – if you are a writer who wants to get published, this is a day you cannot miss (we even feed you!). Check out http://ilfdublin.com/ for details.

Now in its third year the standard of applications this year for the Date with an Agent ‘agent dates’ was incredibly high, and choosing the final 75 from the many hundreds who applied, extremely difficult. Here are the authors who will be meeting with our agents:

Sallyanne Sweeney (Mulcahy Associates) will be seeing:

Freya Watson The Innocence Of Butterflies And Buns
Keith Donald Newbliss
Louise Nealon Cassiopeia
Deirdre Kingston The Prodigal’s Wife
Rachael Kealy Perfect
Catherine Kirwan Unquiet Waters
Fiona Gillan Lost Boys
Adam Trodd The Caul
Sean Mackel Hoarfrost
Eithne Massey The House Of Me
Sara O’Donovan Secrets In Solitary Places
Heather Ingman The Schoolfriends
Peter Sirr Dreaming Anissa
Fances Quinn The Death Knock
Lani O’Hanlon Written In Milk

Simon Trewin (Partner WME) will be seeing:

Christina Raisea Murphy Bed Of Iron
Daragh O’Toole The Amazing Molnier
Nicola Cassidy December Girl
Laura Price Single Bald Female
Eleanor O’Reilly This Is Important
John O’Donnell Iethyanthrope And Other Short Stories
Patrick Doherty The Hennessy Confession
Gary White The Race Of Kingmakers
Alistair Daniel Montreal
Luke Murphy The Big Man
Jackie Walsh The Juggler
Freya McClements The Living and the Dead
Joe Kavangh High Above The Grey
David Lynch Soaring Spring, Eternal Autumn
David Keane Bitten By a Dog on Tuesday

James Wills (MD Watson, Little) will be seeing:

John Jones Eliza Winters: The Burning Girl
Paul Anthony Shortt Lady Raven
Grace Vaughan Sky Daddy
Stella O’Malley Bullying: a complicated dance of power
Caroline McEvoy First Do No Harm
Noel Brady Cardinal – Dawn of Reality
Elijah Lawal Is It True What They Say About Black Guys?
Mary McKeone Behind The Wire
Thomas Martin The Life And Times Of Mr Joseph Soap
Pauline Curtin Wine In The Sky
Margaret Robson A Certain Human Monster
Donal O’Sullivan The Sandbar
Grace Wells The Sacred Wild, The Thinking Girls Guide
Tom Byrne The Most Dangerous Man In The World: Nathaniel Hooke (1664-1738) Pastor, Soldier, Spy
Tomas O’Connor Phoenix From The Flames

Faith O’Grady (Lisa Richards Agency) will be seeing:

Catherine Fahy Sauce For The Goose
Robert Craven The Mandarin Cipher
Brendan O’Broin Grandparents Anonymous
Elizabeth Doyle Mirror Language
Barry Joyce Found
Tom McConville My Brother, Sylvest
Grainne Murphy My Sister’s Sister
Simon Boylan Modern Love
Karina Coldrick God Of Summer
Susan Knight Bad Penny and Pig/ After Gauguin
Lorne Patterson Hour of the Witch
Melanie Clark Pullen Sound The Depths
Alexandra Donald What It Looks Like When you Get There
Miriam Mulcahy Juliet, Walking
Pamela G. Hobbs Roman Holiday

Polly Nolan (The Greenhouse Literary Agency) will be seeing:

Colm Doyle Saving Carnegie Square
Shane Leavy Conor’s Skeleton
Sulla Montes For The Sake Of Feeling Free
Alan Murphy Lawn Of The Dead
Sheena Power Death Pang Of A Beetle
Cora Sherlock Savage Bloom
Joe Kelly The Reaper
Alan Kelly The Greatest Adventure In The History of Everything
James Butler The Little Knight
Hanna Hall Overdue
Eve McDonnell Amber Gooity
Aisling Ettarh The Accidental Adventure
Jesi Jaeger Shades Of Marla Gray
Rachel Sneyd Tell Me What I’m Worth
Amanda Bell Wolf Mountain

Huge congratulations to everyone who entered, we’d love to find out more about your writing and hope that you can attend the Getting Published Conference – we cannot emphasise strongly enough that the standard this year was incredible and there are some fabulous books, and authors, just waiting for their moment.