Frank Delaney

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Frank Delaney
Born (1942-10-24) 24 October 1942 (age 71)
Tipperary, Ireland
Occupation novelist, journalist, broadcaster
Nationality Irish
Notable work(s) Ireland
The Matchmaker of Kenmare
Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea
Tipperary
Shannon
The Amethysts
James Joyce's Odyssey
The Celts (BBC)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (screenplay)
Spouse(s) Diane Meier

www.frankdelaney.com

Frank Delaney (born 24 October 1942) is an Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster.[1] He is the author of New York Times best-seller "Ireland",[2] the non-fiction book "Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea", and many other works of fiction, non-fiction and collections.[3] He was born in Tipperary, Ireland.[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

In 1970, Delaney began working as a newsreader for the Irish state radio and television network RTE.[5] In the early 1970s he became a news reporter for the BBC in Dublin, and covered an intense period of violence known as The Troubles. After 5 years of reporting on the violence, he moved to London to work in Arts broadcasting. In 1978, he created the award-winning weekly show "Bookshelf" for BBC Radio Four, which covered books, writers and the business of publishing. Over the next five and a half years, he interviewed over 1400 authors including Anthony Burgess, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Christopher Isherwood and Stephen King.[5] On television, Delaney wrote and presented for Omnibus, the BBC weekly arts series. He served as the Literature Director of the Edinburgh Festival in 1980, and he hosted his own talk show "Frank Delaney" in the early 1980s, featuring an array of cultural and literary personalities. Afterward, he created and presented "Word of Mouth", the BBC's award winning show about language, as well as a variety of radio and television documentaries including specials on James Joyce, Robert Graves, Hemingway in Paris, and the Shakespeare Industry. He presented "The Book Show" on the Sky News satellite channel for many years.

Writing career[edit]

In 1981, Frank Delaney's first book, "James Joyce's Odyssey", was published to critical acclaim and became a best-seller in the UK and Ireland. In 1986, he wrote and presented the six-part documentary series "The Celts" for the BBC and its best-selling companion book.[6] Delaney has subsequently written five books of non-fiction (including "Simple Courage"), ten novels (including the bestselling "Ireland," "Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show" and "Tipperary"), one novella, and a number of short stories. He has also edited many compilations of essays and poetry.

Delaney wrote the screenplay for the newest adaptation of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," which starred Martin Clunes and was shown on ITV in Britain, and Masterpiece Theatre in the United States in 2004.[7] He has been published in many of the leading newspapers in the United States, the UK and Ireland, including on the Op-ed pages of The New York Times.[2] He is a frequent public speaker, and has been a contributor and guest on a variety of National Public Radio programs.

On Bloomsday 2010, Delaney launched "Re:Joyce," a series of short weekly podcasts that go page by page through James Joyce's "Ulysses" discussing its allusions, historical context and references. These are housed on www.frankdelaney.com. Delaney offers daily writing tips and hosts writing contests on Twitter @FDbytheword.

Delaney lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut,[4] with his wife, Diane Meier.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • The Last Storyteller (2012, Ransom House)
  • The Matchmaker of Kenmare (2011, Random House)
  • Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show (2010, Random House)
  • Shannon, A Novel (2009, Random House)
  • Tipperary, A Novel (2007, Random House)
  • Ireland, A Novel (2005, HarperCollins & Time Warner)
  • At Ruby's (2001, HarperCollins)
  • Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island (2001, Orion)
  • Pearl (1999, HarperCollins)
  • The Amethysts
  • Desire and Pursuit (1998, HarperCollins)
  • A Stranger in their Midst (1995, HarperCollins)
  • Telling the Pictures (1994, HarperCollins)
  • The Sins of the Mothers (1992, HarperCollins)
  • My Dark Rosaleen (1989, CenturyHutchinson)

Non Fiction[edit]

  • Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea (2006, Random House)
  • A Walk to the Western Isles: After Boswell and Johnson (1993, HarperCollins)
  • Legends of the Celts (1989, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • A Walk in the Dark Ages (1988, HarperCollins)
  • The Celts (1986, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Betjeman Country (1983, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • James Joyce's Odyssey (1981, Hodder & Stoughton)

Collections[edit]

  • The Folio Society/Hutchinson Book of Essays (1990, Folio Society & CenturyHutchinson)
  • The Folio Book of Irish Short Stories (1999, Folio Society)
  • The Poems of Christy Brown
  • The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope (Folio Society)
  • Short Stories from the Strand (Folio Society)
  • The Novels of James Kennaway
  • The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley (Folio Society)
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Folio Society)
  • Caitriona by Robert Louis Stevenson (1988, Folio Society)
  • Silver Apples, Golden Apples; Best Loved Irish Verse (1987, Blackstaff Press)

Screenplays[edit]

  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2003, from the James Hilton book, directed by Stuart Orme. Aired on ITV in London and Masterpiece Theatre)
  • Across the River and into the Trees (2001, from the Hemingway novella, for Working Title Television, London, not produced)
  • Telling the Pictures (1995, from Delaney's own novel, under option with Spikings Entertainment, Los Angeles)
  • My Dark Rosaleen (1993, From Delaney's own novella, endowed by the European Script Fund)

Podcasts[edit]

  • Re:Joyce, weekly podcast on James Joyce's "Ulysses" (2010–2011, www.frankdelaney.com)

References[edit]