Ronnie was at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield yesterday … without his cue!
Indeed he was being interviewed by Simon Hattenstone, in the context of the Sheffield Doc/Fest festival, about documentaries and films that inspired him, both in his career and in everyday life.
Simon and Ronnie go a long way back, as Simon is the person who helped Ronnie in writing both of his autobiographies. Simon is a regular writer for The Guardian and is well known for his in-depth interviews with artists, sportspersons and occasionally politicians.
It seems that the evening was a great success, judging by reactions on twitter. Here is a selection … so you can judge by yourself!
Great to finally meet @ronnieo147 today. His perfectionism, honesty and poetic snooker have long been an inspiration
@ronnieo147 thanks for the pic and autograph…top man staying back to see everyone! 👍
@ronnieo147 as candid as ever. Enjoyable interview at Sheffield Doc Festival.
@ronnieo147 Really enjoyed your talk tonight! The wife is over the moon.
It’s great to read that Ronnie had time for everyone after the show as well.
I’m not surprised that he cited Ayrton Senna and Mohammad Ali as sources of inspiration. Both were more than just great champions and winners, they were characters, with flair and panache and never afraid to speak their minds.
If I can find a more detailed account of what Ronnie spoke about, I will of course publish it. The show was interpreted to BSL (British Sign Language) to allow hearing impaired persons to enjoy it.
Meanwhile here are a few pictures taken by the fans and published on twitter: