Fergal Keane in Conversation
Why will people kill for a cause? How does the act of killing reverberate through generations? The award-winning BBC Foreign Correspondent discusses a family story of murder, blood and betrayal that tore a town apart, and investigates events of the Irish civil war; his family’s role in this fratricidal conflict and the scars left by bloody conflict, wherever it occurs.
His latest book, Wounds, is both memoir and history set during years of bitter conflict in rural West Ireland during the 1920s and primarily the story of Fergal Keane’s grandmother, who was an IRA guerrilla, and of her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan and how they took up guns to fight the British Empire. Talking from both a personal and historical point of view, he will discuss their experiences and those of many Irishmen and women like them, to explain why he has spent much of his life trying to understand war and hatred.
Fergal Keane joined the BBC in 1989 as Northern Ireland Correspondent, and has since reported from conflict zones all over the world including South Africa, Rwanda, and the Middle East. He won an Amnesty television prize in 1994 for his investigation of the Rwandan genocide, is the only journalist to have won both the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award and the Sony Radio Reporter of the Year in the same year. He won The Voice of The Viewer award and a Listener Award for his 1996 BBC Radio 4 From Our Own Correspondent despatch Letter to Daniel, addressed to his newborn son, and a One World Television Award in 1999. He has won a BAFTA and the James Cameron Prize for war reporting amongst many other accolades.
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