Who Do You Think You Are? Climbing the Family Tree
Frank Delaney, from Tipperary, Ireland, has been a broadcaster with RTE radio and television, the Irish state network, and the BBC in Northern Ireland and London. His work has included newscasting, on-the-ground reporting, and, eventually, arts broadcasting, hosting established programs and inventing new ones, including his own cultural late-night talk show, Frank Delaney.
Among hundreds of other broadcast contributions, including radio and television documentaries, Delaney created Word of Mouth, BBC’s top-rated show about language, and wrote and presented The Celts, a six part television series, seen in forty countries and still in active video and DVD distribution.
His new novel, Shannon is his thirteenth work of fiction; Ireland: A Novel, published in 2005, was on the New York Times bestseller list in both hardback and paperback, and on many other bestseller lists across the US and the UK. In 1981, his first book, the non-fiction James Joyce’s Odyssey was published to critical acclaim and best-seller status. Since then, Delaney has written six other books of non-fiction, one of which, Simple Courage, was one of the American Library Association’s Books of the Year in 2007. He has seen his short stories included in anthologies, and edited compilations of essays and poetry, and his version of Goodbye Mr. Chips, was shown recently on ITV in Britain and “Masterpiece Theater” in the USA.
His non-writing contributions to his working world have included judging literary awards such as the Booker Prize, and chairing literary organizations such as the UK’s Book Trust and the Dr. Johnson Society.
Frank Delaney lives in New York City and Litchfield County, Connecticut.