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Nature Inspiring Art

10 November , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm GMT

An Evening with John Boorman

In Partnership with the Irish Film Institute

Join Dublin Book Festival and the Irish Film Institute for an evening with internationally renowned film director, John Boorman on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm. We will transport you to the tranquil surrounds of John Boorman’s estate in Wicklow where Darragh McCullough interviews John about his newly released nature diary and poetry collection John Boorman’s Nature Diary: One Eye, One Finger (Lilliput Press).

The evening’s entertainment will continue with a screening of I Dreamt I Woke Up, Boorman’s whimsical essay film which blends fact and fantasy and features actors John Hurt and Janet McTeer, Boorman himself and his son Charley, explores his home and neighbours, the mystical qualities of the Wicklow Mountains and their influence on some of his films, namely Excalibur, Deliverance and Hope And Glory.


John Boorman’s Nature Diary: One Eye, One Finger is a nature diary and poetry collection inspired by John Boorman’s reflections on the natural beauty of his Wicklow estate as he cocoons with his family during the pandemic.

John Boorman

John Boorman, CBE, is an English filmmaker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Excalibur, Hope and Glory, The General and The Tailor of Panama. He has directed 22 films and received five Academy Award nominations, twice for Best Director (for Deliverance, and Hope and Glory). In 2004, Boorman received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Boorman is also the author of six books including Conclusions (Faber & Faber, 2020), Adventure of a Suburban Boy (Faber & Faber, 2003), and Crime of Passion (Liberties Press, 2016). He has lived in County Wicklow for nearly fifty years.

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough is a journalist, broadcaster and farmer specialising in agricultural and rural affairs. He is the longest-serving presenter on RTÉ television’s Ear to the Ground programme. He lives on his family farm in Co. Meath.

This is a pre-recorded online event.


In the midst of these further strange and uncertain times, Dublin Book Festival is here to offer solace. While the Main Festival will still run this year from 27th November to 6th December with a myriad of events to explore from home, given the move to level 5 restrictions, the DBF team really wanted to play a small part in offering people some entertainment, comfort, and inspiration at this time. Welcome to The DBF Snug, a specially curated package of events, which will run from Tuesday 10th November to Friday 13th November.

Join us in John Boorman‘s estate, seek parenting advice from Dr Malie Coyne, escape to nature with Richard Nairn, and celebrate the launch of the next issue of Winter Papers with Kevin Barry and contributors. On Friday, we welcome Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to celebrate the publication of her memoirs. So sit back, snuggle up, and let Dublin Book Festival do the rest.