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. From his NYTimes bestseller, Ireland, through the 'Novels of Ireland' series, Delaney's themes and characters have been very deliberately designed in the ancient oral tradition, to represent the moments of Irish history in which they were set, continuing the mythology of his homeland into the Twentieth Century.
Each of the short stories in "Storytellers" presents two distinct components: The sharply-hewn tales themselves, presenting a very distinctive, if not kaleidoscopic, view of the world, and his Author's Notes–introductions that precede each story, which lead the reader to understand the history and craft behind the creation of myth, itself. Whether it's illuminating (as in the introduction to "PigSong,") why the personification of animals is such a recurring theme in myth, or (as in "The Girl Who Lived on The Moon") exploring the power of emotions and their role in creativity, "The Storytellers," is perfectly positioned to bring the role of the Seanchai into modern homes, invoking myth to show the powers of invention and creation that underlie our everyday lives.
The "Storytellers" series has been hailed by blogcritcs author, Magdalena Ball, as an example of the changing relationship between authors and readers. He is free, she points out, to experiment with an eccentric idiom without the vetting process of traditional publishers. And the rewards have already begun to pay out.Many readers have suggested that these tales are lovely night time readings for their own families and children. The idea of extending his brand to children and young people does not surprise Frank Delaney as he's known for some time that he has a vibrant following in schools and on college campuses.
Long long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down - so begins a tale by an Irish fireside. In his first story, this master of the legendary form creates THE DRUID, a fascinating character full of cunning and false magic, who tries to win the hand of a beautiful girl.
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"Once upon a time there was a girl who lived on the moon." And when she comes to earth on a moonbeam, and grants the human race insights that would delight a Jungian and calm a six-year-old to sleep, we must wonder if times were different then, when "fish danced the polka on the surface of the sea and the birds said their prayers out loud."
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"Once upon a time and long ago, when snow tasted like cream, and timber tasted like sweet cake, and every tenth egg laid by a duck had a diamond in it, there lived up in the North of Ireland a very bad man."
The third short story in Frank Delaney's series, "The Storytellers," is far more than charming as he instructs, seduces, entertains and allows us to see how an oppressed culture might have learned the concept of justice through imagination.
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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 his beloved James Joyce (in time for Bloomsday); Beatrix Potter, on whom Frank had done a delightful and affectionate BBC documentary some years ago; and the marvelous English artist, Eric Ravilious. We've gathered them here for you:
Frank illuminates the visual nature of James Joyce's prose and suggests the value in making a conscious effort to see the words on the page, rather than merely to read them. Seeing Joyce
In this edition Frank's delightful piece on BP, enhanced it with the most charming photographs and illustrations. On Beatrix Potter
Time and Place: Eric Ravilious. Frank suggests that the watercolors and woodcuts of Eric Ravilious captured not only the time and topography of the country, but the personality of England between-the-wars. Eric Ravilious