A former British diplomat, Daniel is a theatre director, actor and professor of creative writing, English and theatre at the American University of Rome. He has acted in and directed theatre in America, the UK, Italy and China, where his 2009 production of David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly was forced to close by the Chinese secret police.
His writing is widely published in print and online. He was the winner of the 2014 Fermoy International Poetry Festival Prize, a finalist in the 2015 Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Prize and winner of the 2015 Cuirt New Writing Prize for poetry. Recent work has appeared in The North, The Transnational (in German), Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Moth, Acumen and Critical Survey and he has a forthcoming pamphlet from Eyewear Publishing as part of their Aviator Series.
At once personal and hauntingly universal, Extravagant Stranger is the compelling memoir of self-professed ‘global scalliwag’ Daniel Roy Connelly – former diplomat, theatre director, Shakespeare scholar and conscience-stricken father.
Laced with international intrigue and hilarious moments of well-aimed self-scrutiny, here is a book – like the life it relates – truly without comparison.
IN THE PRESS
“These are glowing, moving prose poems of hallucinatory intensity. The wit and bracing honesty of the memories, from awkward to adulatory, take you through a powerfully personal journey (for the reader as much as the writer) in each poem and in the sequence overall. The sense of timing is exquisite. A masterclass in how to turn a scene, a moment, so that it catches the light just so in the final sentence. Connelly combines the autobiographical courage of Heaney and Hill with the symbolic technique and the reach and ambition of the French masters of the form and the effect is mesmerising.” – LUKE KENNARD (Transition, Cain)
“A collection of personal moments so delicately described that they feel universal, Connelly’s Extravagant Stranger is an acutely honest exposition of a life lived poetically.” – AARON KENT (Tertiary Colours, Blood Fjørd '89)
“Daniel Roy Connelly is a crackerjack fabulist with top-banana timing. His wordplay is infectious.” – HELEN IVORY
“Daniel Roy Connelly is one of the most strikingly original writers I’ve heard in a while – witty, keenly insightful, with a droll, pitch-perfect sense of timing, his work feels like a refreshing wake-up call.” – NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
"Extravagant Stranger is a book that feels very contemporary, very now. It is between genres and styles and in a space where a lot of attention is being paid. Connelly has lived an interesting life, and evokes it in an interesting way." – Scott Hadley, Triumph of the Now
DANIEL ROY CONNELLY IN VIDEO
A letter to my son, re. black dog
Daniel performs his poem tackling the black dog of depression in the form of a letter to his 6-year-old son. Published online by The Good Men Project. © Daniel Roy Connelly, 2016.