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Journalists Robert Fisk and Conor O'Clery in conversation in Belfast

Robert Fisk will be in conversation with Conor O'Clery in Belfast tomorrow evening

VETERAN journalists Robert Fisk and Conor O'Clery will participate in a special event at Queen's University Belfast tomorrow evening during which they will discuss current political scenarios based on their many years of experience and insights into world politics.

Robert Fisk has been The Independent's multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent since 1989. Having been sent to Belfast to cover The Troubles for The Times in the early 1970s – "I am thankful for those years in Northern Ireland. I think they helped to keep me alive in the later years", he says – Fisk has now lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years.

The Beirut-based journalist and author has reported on the war in Syria and Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions. Fisk's best-selling books on the Middle East include Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation.

Former senior Irish Times foreign correspondent Conor O'Clery has twice been awarded Journalist of The Year for his dispatches from Moscow and for his reporting on the September 11 attacks on New York, which he witnessed first-hand.

Co Dublin-based O'Clery is the author of several books including 2018's The Shoemaker and his Daughter, in which he documents over 100 years of Russian history via the often extraordinary experiences of his wife Zhanna's family in the Soviet Union and beyond.

This is an interactive session and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. A donation will be given to Amnesty International from the proceeds.

:: Robert Fisk, In Conversation With Conor O'Clery, Thursday February 20, Queen's University Belfast, MBC Lecture Theatre 1, 7.30pm / Friday February 21, Devere Hall, University College Cork, 7.30pm. Tickets via Seminars.ie/events

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