A family story of a murder, blood and betrayal that tore an Irish town apart and causes people to be silent still.
'There was a tale about a British soldier being shot on the street outside my grandmother's house,' recalls award winning BBC journalist Fergal Keane. 'My father told this as a ghost story . The mood of the telling was wistful. The killing had been wrong. Why else would a ghost come back? My father said that if we watched carefully in the deep night we would see a green shadow moving around the bedroom overlooking the main street. I could never stay awake long enought to encounter the phantasm. I was an adult before I learned the root of this story.'
Telling the heartbreaking story of the kindly men and women of his childhood with deeds made public long after they died, Fergal Keane's devastating history of a local murder asks, what is a terrorist? And how do people live with the act of killing?
Those who pulled the triggers and planted bombs are long dead, and the bitterness of memory has faded. Fergal Keane faces these people and their actions and searches for a deeper sense of the personal history that contributed to this colonial war, examining how it marked the beginning of the end of Empire.
Saturday 21st October 4.00pm
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.
Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...