We’re pleased to announce the following 5 guests to speak at #IFC2019.
Time is allocated for a general Q&A from delegates to each speaker at #IFC2019.
- Monday, April 8th – Fergal Keane: Fergal is an Irish journalist and author, currently BBC Special Correspondent and Africa Editor with BBC News.
Having spent nine years in the Irish print press, in 1988, Fergal moved to the BBC becoming Ireland correspondent, South Africa correspondent, Asia Correspondent, Special Correspondent and most recently, Africa Editor.
A multi-award winner, including an OBE for his services to journalism, Fergal has been at the forefront of reporting social and political change around the world.
At #IFC2019, Fergal gives us an insight into his work and approach to story.
- Tuesday, April 9th – Chris Watson:
Chris is an English sound recordist specialising in natural history.
Considered to be one of the worlds leading sound recordist, Chris has worked on TV series like Life and Frozen Planet and his work has received many national and international awards.
Working across both TV and radio (incl RTÉ), over the last 40years, Chris has been listening to and recording everything from the groaning of glaciers to the love-songs of bearded seals.
For #IFC2019, Chris gathers sounds recorded over his career to bring delegates on a very special quadraphonic audio journey, with a distinctly Irish flavour.
- Wednesday, April 10th – Oliver Callan:
Oliver is one of Ireland’s most popular comedians.
A writer and satirist, he’s also the creator of Ireland’s most well known satirical radio show, Callan’s Kicks.
His acerbic wit and talent for mimicry has made him a household name in Ireland.
For #IFC2019, Oliver gives us a look inside his radio work and we hope, a few laughs – and a few pointers in how to make listeners laugh.
- Wednesday, April 10th – Áine Kerr:
Irish Tatler Woman of the Year in Media 2018, Áine is a teacher turned journalist and entrepreneur.
Co-Founder and COO of Neva Labs, a new start-up news curation venture, Áine previously led global journalism partnerships at Facebook, including creating the Facebook Journalism Project. Prior to Facebook, Áine spent five years at Storyful (a social media news authentication service), where she served as head of content, political editor and managing editor.
Prior to that again, Áine was a political correspondent with The Irish Times and other broadsheets.
At #IFC2019, Áine looks at the area of documentary in an era of fake news.
- Thursday, April 11th – Louise O’Neill:
Louise is a best selling, and multi-award winning, Irish author who writes primarily for young adults (YA), 18-35yr olds.
Described by the Guardian as ‘the best YA fiction writer alive today’, Louise studied English at Trinity College Dublin before working as senior Style Director of American Elle magazine.
Also working as a freelance journalist for a variety of Irish newspapers and magazines, much of Louise’s work focuses on feminist issues, fashion and pop culture.
Louise has become known for asking important questions of our time – about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, and tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity.
At #IFC2019, Louise reveals her approach to story, and fact based fiction.
Whilst all of the above has been carefully pieced together over the last 12+ months, everything is subject to change and may alter due to circumstances outside of our control (although we dearly hope not!).
#IFC2019 Team (Tim, Donal, Sarah, Michael, Ronan & Liam)