Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle were both teachers whose first novels were bestsellers and have had their books made into successful films.

English writer Nick Hornby is in Dublin to host an evening with Irish novelist Roddy Doyle at the Hot Press Hall of Fame.

He wrote The Commitments, I wrote High Fidelity. He wrote Paddy Clarke, I wrote About A Boy.

The pair first met around six years ago when Nick Hornby interviewed Roddy Doyle about the book 'Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha'. 

Tonight they are celebrating the work of Roddy Doyle, both writers are happy with their similar level of success. A packed crowd at the Hot Press Hall of Fame listened as Roddy read from his latest work 'A Star Called Henry' before being quizzed by Nick Hornby and taking questions from the floor. 

Both men were teachers, both had novels made into films, and both agree that their success has made them more independent. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 August 1999. The reporter is Deirdre McCarthy.