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Fergal Keane with the Vice-Chancellor
Fergal Keane with the Vice-Chancellor

Internal News - 05 May 2005

Fergal Keane talks about his memoir at Oakfield Campus

Award-winning BBC reporter and author Fergal Keane OBE spoke to a packed hall at the University of Bath in Swindon last night.

Over 240 people came to hear Fergal talk about his recently published memoir All of these people as part of the twelfth Swindon Literary Festival.

Fergal is one of the BBC's most respected and celebrated correspondents – reporting from many of the world's trouble spots including Northern Ireland , Rwanda and Zimbabwe. He has won many awards for both his reports and his books – including being named reporter of the year by the Royal Television Society, Sony Radio Awards and Amnesty International Press Awards.

During the event Fergal read extracts from his memoir that dealt with his turbulent childhood. Fergal was born into a well known Irish literary and theatrical family. His father, a famous radio and stage actor, was a chronic alcoholic and his drinking bouts shaped the young Fergal's childhood.

After the reading there was a lively question and answer session with Fergal answering questions on topics ranging from his own battles with alcoholism to his views on the future of the Congo .

The ICIA has supported the Swindon Literary Festival for the last six years. This is the first time the event has been held in the Main Hall on campus, rather than in the Wyvern Theatre in town. There was positive feedback on the venue from Matt Holland, Festival Director, and the general public, who felt the Main Hall gave a much more intimate feel to the event.