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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 Frank 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. His media work has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous - from being interviewed for documentaries about the BBC comedy Little Britain and Danny Boyle's feature film Sunshine, guesting on Radio 4's The Inconstant Moon with Jeanette Winterson, and working with the Oxford University Press and Universal Studios... to being asked by The Sun to locate a then-missing Saddam Hussein!
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 (www. londonschoolofastrology.co.uk) 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 (www.astroconference.com) 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.
In September 2012, Frank was given The 2012 Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology by his peers.