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War correspondent fronts travel writing festival

Conor Kane

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

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Pictured at Lismore Castle Gardens are book enthusiasts Emily Kate O'Neill (6) and Amelia Jane Feeney (7) launching the programme for the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing which will take place in Lismore, Co. Waterford from June 12 to 15. Picture: Patrick Browne
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An award-winning war correspondent with a newly published book on the assassin whose shots set off World War I is one of the key speakers at this year's Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.

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Author and journalist Tim Butcher will be telling his tales of travel in countries of major conflict such as in the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa when he takes to the stage in Lismore, Co Waterford, as the festival kicks off in 10 days time.

A former chief war correspondent with the 'Daily Telegraph', his account of a journey through the Democratic Republic of Congo topped the bestseller lists.

And, his latest work, 'The Trigger', about Gavrilo Princip who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 to spark the opening of the Great War, has just been released to critical acclaim.

Other guests lined up for the festival which runs from June 12-15, include author and broadcaster Charlie Bird who will speak about his travels through the Arctic region, along the Amazon river and the Ganges river, and his journey on the trail of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

Opening the festival on Thursday, June 12, with a book launch are authors Diana Gleadhill, Alan Murphy, Michael McMonagle and Paul Clements.

"It will be a fantastic weekend in Lismore," said festival co-ordinator Jan Rotte as the programme was launched in Lismore Castle yesterday.

"There will be lots on offer not just for keen travel writers and enthusiasts but activities for all the family to enjoy." www.lismoreimmrama.com

Irish Independent

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