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Named after his father Frank Clifford, and the Irish revolutionary James Connolly, Frank is the son of an Irish union Socialist who later became a well-respected personal injury solicitor. According to his book, 'Palmistry 4 Today', after an unusual early education at a Hindu Secondary School (from age 9 to 12) and being inspired by his mother to visit various astrologers and psychics.
From the age of 16, Clifford taught himself astrology and took up palmistry a year later. He wrote and self-published his first book (a collection of astrological data and profiles) at the age of 23.An astrologer and palmist since 1989, Frank Clifford began data collecting with Lois Rodden, contributing to and editing her magazine Data News and book Profiles of Women (1995). Frank's first book, British Entertainers: The Astrological Profiles, was published in 1997 and updated in 2003. Frank's database of celebrity data is on the Solar Fire program as The Clifford Data Compendium (1997, 2000, 2012) and on Astro-Databank. In 2009, he produced The Astrologer's Book of Charts, an eclectic collection of 150 horoscopes and worksheets of the famous for students and astrologers.
Back in 1996 he founded Flare Publications, and since then Clifford has edited and published two dozen books on astrology and palmistry, including Astrology in the Year Zero by Garry Phillipson, The Contemporary Astrologer's Handbook by Sue Tompkins, and a revised edition of The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas. Flare focuses on handling e-books and translation rights for its list and for other astrologers.
Frank has combined his work as a consultant astrologer with that of Sun sign columnist for magazines such as Marie Claire (UK), Quick and Simple (Hearst, US), the celebrity weekly Reveal (UK) for three years, and the family monthly, Candis, for twelve years (UK). He has also been profiled in various broadsheets and tabloids, and has been featured regularly on TV and radio. Frank counts his columns in The Astrological Journal ('Horoscope Snapshots'), the ISAR Journal ('Data Compendium') and The Mountain Astrologer ('Horoscope Detective') as his favourite regular writing projects.
Frank is also a well known palmist and consultant (with The Guardian newspaper dubbing him the 'palm reader to the stars'), and his book Palmistry 4 Today (published in five languages) is considered the modern textbook on the subject. Frank's other book on palmistry, Palm Reading (Hamlyn, 2003), is a unique guide with profiles on love, work and personality for each part of the hand. Cards of these profiles were published in 2007. The book was revised in 2012 as The Frank Guide to Palmistry. Every year Frank organizes the Palmistry Conference in London, which brings together some of the top hand analysts in the country.
Back in 2004, Frank took over running the London School of Astrology and organizes certificate and diploma classes, seminars and residential courses in astrology and palmistry. Considered the students' choice for studying astrology in the UK, the LSA prides itself on hosting seminars and classes by some of the world's most accomplished astrologers. Frank has also set up an annual Astrology Student Conference and the occasional Astrology and Music Conference. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, and for some years was a regular guest tutor on a psychology course at the London Metropolitan University.
Recent astrology books include Solar Arc Directions (2011) and Getting to the Heart of Your Chart (2012) by Frank, and in 2012 Flare published volumes by Faye Cossar (Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile) and Richard Swatton (From Symbol to Substance: Training the Astrological Intuition), and a revised edition of Pamela Crane's The Draconic Chart. Frank's long-awaited books, The Midheaven: Spotlight on Success and Humour in the Horoscope: The Astrology of Comedy, will follow in 2012-13. Frank has also steered two book projects, Astrology: The New Generation and New Voices in Astrology, both of which featured essays from upcoming, previously unpublished astrologers.
Since then, his media work has ranged from working with Universal Studios and casting directors, to giving an astrological perspective on Little Britain for Channel 5 and being employed by The Sun to locate the whereabouts of the then-missing Saddam Hussein. He has been profiled in The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror, Good Health and The Guardian. Frank's TV appearances have included interviews on Open House with Gloria Hunniford (Channel 5), The Russell Grant Show (Sky One), Dating the Enemy (ITV), plus interviews and phone-ins on numerous BBC radio stations. In April 2007, Frank was seen on Sunshine, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Danny Boyle film. In July 2009, he contributed to the BBC Radio 4 show The Inconstant Moon written and narrated by Jeanette Winterson.