Ronnie … in conversations

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!

Brendan Boyle@boylie1977

It’s standard, but as if Ronnie needs an introduction, especially here @crucibletheatre of all places @ronnieo147

@ronnieo147  @crucibletheatre  without a cue?  @sheffdocfest Strange but great to see. Great evening!

Ryan Finnigan@sicryan

Great to finally meet @ronnieo147 today. His perfectionism, honesty and poetic snooker have long been an inspiration

Mark Ansell@MarkAnsell

Loved seeing The Rocket @ronnieo147 playing clips of his favourite sport docs at @sheffdocfest including Senna & Ali

Emma Wright@EmmaWright24 

@ronnieo147 great to see you in a totally different way tonight! #inspiration #@ronnieo147 #dropsofjupitar

Miss B@sarahblythe147

What a fabulous evening @sheffdocfest listening to @ronnieo147 Could have listen to you all night Ronnie… Really interesting! Loved it x

@ronnieo147 thanks for the pic and autograph…top man staying back to see everyone! 👍

Emma Keeling@emke 

@ronnieo147 Hi Ronnie, really enjoyed seeing you @sheffdocfest tonight. Going to watch the film Senna on your recommendation 👍

Terplife@BSLterplife

When you interpret on stage for your hero and they’re just wonderful. #whataday #bsl #interpreting  💗🙌 @ronnieo147

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Kate Atkinson@KayteMay 

@ronnieo147 as candid as ever. Enjoyable interview at Sheffield Doc Festival.

Liam Buxton@liamb1981

@ronnieo147 Really enjoyed your talk tonight! The wife is over the moon.

Koulla Anastasi@koulla 

Rapturous applause and whooping for the legendary @ronnieo147 #sheffdocfest

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: