Jordan and the writing game
HE spends most of his time making big budget movies, but writing books remains the first love of Irish director Neil Jordan.
He broke off work on his latest film project, on the Borgias, to pick up the Hall of Fame Award at the annual Hennessy XO Literary Awards ceremony in Trinity College, Dublin.
Jordan's list of movies includes such blockbusters as 'Interview with a Vampire,' 'The Crying Game' and 'Michael Collins'. But he is still writing stories and his first novel since 1995 is due to be published next January.
"I'm delighted to get this award," he says. "It shows I'm not forgotten as a writer, although my last book was a few years ago. My new novel is called 'Mistaken'. It's about a guy who grows up on the northside of Dublin and has a double on the southside. It's a device to write about my own experience of Dublin in the 1970s," he says.
The New Irish Writer Award was won by Madeleine D'Arcy from Cork. The Emerging Fiction award went to the well known senior counsel Michael O'Higgins while the Emerging Poetry award went to Cork-born Olive Broderick. Our picture, by by Kieran Harnett, shows Jordan with his daughter Anna, at Trinity College last night.