Fergal Keane OBE
8pm Wednesday 17 October 2018, St Mary’s Barnes


Fergal Keane is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. The BBC News Africa editor, Fergal’s latest book, Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love, tells a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It describes the fight for an independent Ireland against the might of the British Empire, beginning with the 1916 Rising and looking beyond, to the 1922 departure of the English and the civil war that followed. Fergal uses the experiences of his ancestral homeland in North Kerry to examine why people will kill for a cause and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present as acts of killing reverberate through the generations.

Fergal made his name reporting on the genocide in Rwanda and has won numerous prizes for his journalism, including a BAFTA, being named reporter of the year on television and radio, and winning honours from the Royal Television Society and the Sony Radio awards. Fergal has also been named Reporter of the Year in the Amnesty International Press Awards and won the James Cameron Memorial Prize and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the US Overseas Press Association. Fergal is the author of many books, including the Orwell Prize winning Season of Blood, Letter to Daniel: Dispatches from the Heart, and Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944.