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
Dorford Centre, Bridport Road
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
sure your festival will go from strength to strength….
Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great event. Well done to both of you, fantastic event.
I don't think you could improve on the experience! Good luck with your plans for 2017 and I wish you all the very best.
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...