An Evening with John Sweeney

3rd Nov 2021, 7:00pm

The Arts Centre

Wednesday 3rd November 7:00pm
An Evening with John Sweeney

ICE is hosting “In Conversation with John Sweeney” in collaboration with the Arts Centre. Paddy Hoey will host the event and a Q&A will follow. There will be a welcome drink at 6.45pm and a 7.00pm start.

John Sweeney is a multi-award-winning ex-BBC reporter, he left the BBC in 2019 after 17 years. John is the author of twelve books and the host of the number one UK Apple podcast charted Hunting Ghislaine, 3.5 million downloads and counting.

John’s books include investigations into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Church of Scientology and an undercover trip to North Korea. His latest novel, The Useful Idiot, a thriller about fake news in 1933, was John Gray’s lead Book of the Year in the New Statesman: “The former Observer and BBC investigative journalist John Sweeney is also an accomplished writer of thrillers, and The Useful Idiot (Silvertail Books) may be his most impressive to date. It’s a retelling of the story of how the Welsh reporter Gareth Jones uncovered the catastrophic man-made Soviet famine of 1932-33.”

John Sweeney was the Tibet Correspondent of the Sheffield Telegraph, then a reporter for The Observer where he covered wars and trouble around the world. His films for BBC Panorama and BBC Newsnight on Scientology, North Korea, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have been watched by more than 20 million.

His reporting questioning Shaken Baby Syndrome has led to the courts clearing seven people false accused of child killing, starting with Sally Clark and Angela Cannings in 2003.
He tweets from @johnsweeneyroar

Paddy Hoey is a lecturer in media and his research interests are in the areas of activist media, mediated politics, the public sphere and the internet, social media, Northern Irish politics and Irish republican activism.

His wider interests lie in the analysis of the effects of citizen and activist journalism on the public sphere, the development of new political identities online and political communication. He has published articles on Irish republican and loyalist activist media for New Hibernia Review, Cambridge Scholars Press, Kritika Kultura and University of Manchester Press.

Tickets: Free, booking required