Dublin Book Festival is hosting a conversation with director John Boorman, Siege at Jadotville author Declan Power, and RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean Rocks at Smock Alley Theatre on Friday November 11th.
Audiences will get to spend an animated evening with Arena cultural guru Seán Rocks, English-born (but Wicklow-dwelling) John Boorman, and former Irish Army soldier, defence analyst and author Declan Power.
Boorman best known for his feature films Excalibur, Deliverance, Hope and Glory, The General, and Queen and Country. The Oscar-nominated director’s debut novel, Crime of Passion (Liberties Press), is a strangely uplifting black comedy about a fictional director recovering from a failed movie. Boorman was originally approached to write a book about how to make a successful film. He started doing so – but the result struck him as dull and technical. He decided to tell the story another way: in the form of a novel. The cinematic book is the result, proving that solid storytelling transcends all mediums.
Declan Power will discuss the genesis of his book Siege at Jadotville (Maverick House), a captivating military account of Irish troops’ heroism against-all-odds in the Congo. Power’s long journey to achieve recognition for the veterans of Jadotville has culminated in his book’s adaptation to film as The Siege of Jadotville, one of the biggest releases of the year by Netflix.