“To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.” – Frank Delaney
Born on this date in 1942, Delaney was a novelist journalist and broadcaster who authored the New York Times best seller Ireland. A native of Ireland, Delaney started his career in broadcasting before turning to literature, first penning the bestseller James Joyce's Odyssey in1981.
He then combined his writing and broadcast careers into a 6-part documentary series The Celts for the BBC. Widely viewed both in the U.K. and abroad, the series cemented his place as one of the leading historical and historical fiction writers. He subsequently wrote five books of non-fiction (including the award-winning Simple Courage), ten novels, one novella, and a number of short stories. He also edited many compilations of essays and poetry.
A frequent public speaker, he was a regular contributor and guest on National Public Radio, especially after coming to live in the U.S. He resided in Connecticut at the time of his death earlier this year.
“We all belong to an ancient identity,” Delaney said, writing about his fascination with history and accompanying tales. “Stories are the rivers that take us there.”