Spotlight interview Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

Over the next few weeks we’re running a series of Spotlight interviews with the guest facilitators who will be hosting workshops at this year’s Dalkey Creates Festival. Today we’re catching up Vanessa O'Loughlin.

Vanessa is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award-winning and best-selling authors to publication. She also founded and developed the world’s only national, and one of Europe’s busiest, writing resources websites. showcases Irish and international writers as well as providing resources to help writers develop their skills. Featuring information about competitions, submission opportunities, literary events and festivals, it is the go-to place for writing-related information in Ireland.

Q. What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be a Vet mainly and a British Airways air hostess for a bit which I was about 8 I think.

Q. Do you have a routine in your creative practice?

I have to fit writing in around everything else so I wish I had a routine, but I just grab every minute - in the car, on a plane, in a coffee shop between meetings. I;m just starting a new book so I'm at the thinking stage and trial chapter stage at the moment.

Once I know where I'm going I can work solidly on something if a deadline is looming.

Q. Which work of art do you wish you had created?

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (but I'd love to have written du Maurier's Rebecca - the painting is more achievable though!)

Q. If you could give any advice to someone starting out on your path, what would it be?

Just keep writing, and finish your book. When you've finished one, start another! Just keep going.

Q. Who would you like to meet that you haven't already?

Maya Angelou

Q. What would you ask them?

I think I'd be utterly tongue tied, I'd just want to listen, not to talk.

Q. Which actor would play you in the film of your life?

Julia Roberts (I live in hope) George Clooney would also have a big role but obviously I'd have to be executive producer ;)

Vanessa will be running a workshop: 'how to get your work published' on Sunday October 22nd between 2-5pm in Harold Boys School, Dalkey.

For more information or to book your place click here

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