'The Most Eloquent Man in the World', says NPR, about the writer, broadcaster, BBC host and Booker Prize Judge, Frank Delaney. Over a career that has lasted more than three decades, Delaney, an international-best-selling author himself, has interviewed more than 3,500 of the world's most important writers.
Frank Delaney has earned top prizes and best-seller status in a wide variety of formats, from prolific author, a polished broadcaster on both television and radio, to journalist, correspondent, screenwriter, lecturer, playwright and scholar. He has been the president of the Samuel Johnson Society, president of the UK Book Trust, and the Literary Director of the famed Edinburgh Festival.
A judge of many literary prizes (including the famous Booker), Delaney also created landmark programs and passionate documentaries on many subjects including Joyce, Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Hemingway, Mailer, Matisse, Van Gogh and the vitality and organic growth of the English language - his famed BBC show on the way we speak, Word of Mouth, is still heard all over the English-speaking world. And his six-part series, The Celts, originally broadcast in forty countries, is still in active DVD distribution, some twenty years after its launch.
Delaney lectures all over the world, writes every day, and has created a significant podcast series: Re: Joyce, deconstructing, examining and illuminating James Joyce's Ulysses line-by-line, in accessible and entertaining five-minute broadcasts, posted each week on this website. The project is estimated to run a quarter of a century.
Born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland, Delaney spent more than twenty-five years in England before moving to the United States in 2002. His first 'American' book was the New York Times Bestseller, Ireland. His second, the non-fiction Simple Courage, was chosen as one of the top five books of the year by the American Library Association. Since 2006, he has published five Novels of Ireland, all addressing, decade by decade, the twentieth century history of his homeland.
Delaney lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, writer and marketer, Diane Meier.
Re: Joyce! On the international literary feast day of Bloomsday, June 16, we launched a podcast to commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, 'Ulysses', the action of which took place in 18 hours of June 16, 1904. Now, every week, here on the website, you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through this extraordinary novel.
"Delaney is an unashamed populariser—something, he says, that he learnt as a presenter of BBC arts programmes. "I was introduced to the idea of 'smuggling'-presenting a big and complex idea in a comprehensible way. The first radio programme I did about Joyce had Snoopy as the other item, and the podcasts are in that vein." He has even recorded a James Joyce rap, which can be enjoyed on YouTube."
Frank speaks to a variety of groups all across the country and always receives exceptional reviews. To engage Frank for your next event contact Trinity Ray.
To celebrate Bloomsday, The Public Domain Review (a fresh, classic and polished on-line portal into the rich, lush world of content in the public domain) commissioned Frank to write about Joyce. In this issue, which pairs his work with Julian Barnes and Richard Hamblyn, among others, Frank looks at Joyce - really looks at him - in an article titled Seeing Joyce.
"FRANK DELANEY is a man who enjoys a challenge. A year ago he set out to explain one of the most daunting books in the English language-James Joyce's "Ulysses"-line by line on the internet."
Frank answers 21 Questions about living in New York and more...
Frank hosts The Today Show's Who Knew Quiz for Saint Patrick's Day
The newspaper The Columbia Missourian" covered the "Story of Your Life" twitter challenge, featuring Steven Wise, winner of the twallenge, as Frank calls it. Wise shares some interesting insights on taking part in the challenge, saying that even though it appeared impossible to him to sum up a life of experiences in a couple sentences or even a book, "it was an exercise and it grabbed me, and I wanted to give it a go." Read more and see the winning tweet here..
Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly
"The riveting final installment of Delaney's Ben McCarthy trilogy. Long-time fans will relish its conclusion, while new readers will quickly warm to Delaney's vividly described Ireland of the 1950s, its fully-realized inhabitants, and the dynamic political and personal relationships that make for a remarkable story. (Feb.)"
One of Frank Delaney's most endearing new projects, a series of short stories produced as e-books called, "Storytellers," began as a means of introducing his novel "The Last Storyteller," in which the character of an itinerant Irish Seanchai is central to the plot.