Frank Ledwell



NameFrank Ledwell
PositionEmeritus Faculty

Frank Ledwell


Frank Ledwell was born in St. Peter’s Bay on April 14, 1930. He completed a BA in History at St. Dunstan’s University and followed it with theological studies leading to his ordination as a Catholic priest in the early 1950s. He left the priesthood in 1969. He was principal of St. Dunstan’s high school in the early 1960s when he was selected by St. Dunstan’s University to fill a vacancy in the English Department. He completed a Master’s in English at Notre Dame University in Indiana and, in 1965, he returned to St. Dunstan’s University to begin work in his true vocation, teaching writing.

He continued to teach writing when St. Dunstan’s and Prince of Wales College became the University of Prince Edward Island in 1969. Throughout his career as a professor of English Literature and Creative Writing he guided and encouraged many hundreds of students to find and refine their voices as writers of poetry, prose, and persuasive essays. He served as Chair of the Department of English from 1970 to1973 and as Dean of Arts from 1979 to 1983.

Frank Ledwell was a highly respected writer of poetry and prose who captured the spirit of Prince Edward Island and transformed it into words. He chronicled his memories of the Island’s past people and stories, especially those he had known. After retiring from university teaching in 1996, he braved the stage to develop as a performer, reading his poems and telling his stories with audiences from schoolchildren to seniors, especially with the trio, Crowbush. Always a vocal and active supporter of Island writing and publishing, he was the first recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts and was PEI’s Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2007. He received the Order of Prince Edward Island in 2006.

Frank and his wife Carolyn (Duffy) raised six children, Jane, Patrick, Emily, Thomas, Daniel, and Christian, who all grew up devoted to books and words and music and the arts. Professor Emeritus Frank Ledwell passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2008. The well-loved English professor and poet died at his home of 35 years on the Loyalist Road, PEI.

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The cross and the eagle featherJohnstone, Roy; Ledwell, Frank; Sark, John Joe; Pollard, Brain; Baglole, Keith; Vision TV, ; Mi'kmaq Pictures Inc,
Blankets of deathJohnstone, Roy; Ledwell, Frank; Sark, John Joe; Pollard, Brain; Baglole, Keith; Vision TV, ; Mi'kmaq Pictures Inc,
Island sketchbookLedwell, Frank; Ledwell, Danny
The dust is earthArsenault, Adrien; Ledwell, Frank; Purdy, Henry
Portraits & gastroscopesLedwell, Frank; Gool, R?shard
Sacred promises and instruments of greedJohnstone, Roy; Ledwell, Frank; Sark, John Joe; Pollard, Brain; Baglole, Keith; Vision TV, ; Mi'kmaq Pictures Inc,
The taste of waterLedwell, Frank; Ledwell, Danny
You walked with us awhileLedwell, Frank
Crowbush and other poemsLedwell, Frank
The dust is earthLedwell, Frank; Arsenault, Adrien
The north shore of homeLedwell, Frank; Trainor, Floyd; Tudor, Kathleen
Dip & veerLedwell, Frank
What about St. Peter's?Bruce, Marian; Ledwell, Frank
[Review of the book Loose connections, from the creative writing program at St Mary's, edited by Margaret Harry, Kathleen Tudor and Anne West]Ledwell, Frank J.
Frank LedwellLedwell, Frank; Smith, John; MacLaine, Brent
Twentieth centuryShuell, Noel; Ledwell, Frank; Smith, John
7 poets from Prince Edward IslandSmith, John; Ledwell, Frank; Berrouard, Leon; Hornby, Jim; Gool, R?shard; Kulik, Ted; Leclair, Larry
John SmithSmith, John; Ledwell, Frank; MacLaine, Brent
The weaver's graveO'Kelly, Seumas; O'Grady, Brendan; Dowling, Ivan; Place, J. T.; Hennessey, Michael; MacDonald, Ian P.; Ledwell, Frank; MacDonald, Olga; Coyle, J. J.; Dindial, Frances
Canadian unityLedwell, Frank; MacLean, J. Angus; MacNutt, James W.; Lamontagne, Gilles; MacMillan, Tom; ,
Adrien, a life of expressionsPurdy, Henry; Ledwell, Frank; Arsenault, Georges; ,
Images of an island in wordsGrant, William; Graham, Allan; Ledwell, Frank; MacLure, Evelyn; ,
17th Century Minor PoetsLedwell, Frank; Cassidy, Keith; Coyle, J. J.; MacIntyre, W. P. H.; ,
Introduction to the middle agesLedwell, Frank; Foley, Mike; ,
Figurative language in poetryLedwell, Frank; ,
John DonneFrazer, F. M.; Ledwell, Frank; ,
Everyman and medieval dramaLedwell, Frank; ,
James JoyceCoyle, J. J.; Ledwell, Frank; ,
ShakespeareCoyle, J. J.; Ledwell, Frank; ,
The renaissance man and his worldLedwell, Frank; Spira, Thomas; Arsenault, Adrien; MacIntyre, W. P. H.; Coyle, J. J.; ,
Introduction to 16th century literature. Thomas More's UtopiaLedwell, Frank; ,
Evaluating the storyLedwell, Frank; Coyle, J. J.; , ; ,
Message in a bottleLedwell, Frank; Brinklow, Laurie; Ledwell, Jane; MacLaine, Brent; Robertson, Ian Ross; Ceraldi, Gabrielle; Waterston, Elizabeth; ,
Report of the Royal Commission on Public Sector Labour Relations, ; Ledwell, Frank; Duffy, Anna
Introducing 18th century literatureLedwell, Frank; O'Grady, Brendan; , ; ,
Point of view in fictionSmith, John; Ledwell, Frank; , ; ,
Transitional poets of 18th centuryO'Grady, Brendan; Robb, Andrew; Pratt, T. K.; Ledwell, Frank; , ; ,
Literature since the mid centuryLedwell, Frank; , ; ,
Topics in Victorian literatureLedwell, Frank; Coyle, J. J.; MacIntyre, W. P. H.; O'Neill, T. J.; , ; ,
Proceedings of the October 7th meeting, ; Ledwell, Frank
Distinctive voices in 20th century British literatureLedwell, Frank; , ; ,
Introduction to 20th century literatureLedwell, Frank; MacIntyre, W. P. H.; , ; ,
Introduction to the Victorian periodLedwell, Frank; Coyle, J. J.; , ; ,
Swift, Addison, and SteeleMacIntyre, W. P. H.; Ledwell, Frank; , ; ,

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The cross and the eagle feather - ir:ir-batch6-290545306:09:34 2015-10-06
Blankets of death - ir:ir-batch6-290638808:04:26 2015-09-18
Island sketchbook - ir:ir-batch6-290345709:55:42 2015-10-05
The dust is earth - ir:ir-batch6-291540201:53:32 2015-09-30
Portraits & gastroscopes - ir:ir-batch6-293533003:39:59 2015-10-04
Sacred promises and instruments of greed - ir:ir-batch6-290437221:32:33 2015-10-02
The taste of water - ir:ir-batch6-290039801:39:27 2015-10-03
You walked with us awhile - ir:ir-batch6-290234116:17:15 2015-10-06
Crowbush and other poems - ir:ir-batch6-291136719:29:05 2015-09-24
The dust is earth - ir:ir-batch6-291432621:51:32 2015-09-27
The north shore of home - ir:ir-batch6-291237215:24:44 2015-09-28
Dip & veer - ir:ir-batch6-290832117:08:53 2015-10-06
What about St. Peter's? - ir:ir-batch6-290936611:42:28 2015-10-06
[Review of the book Loose connections, from the creative writing program at St Mary's, edited by Margaret Harry, Kathleen Tudor and Anne West] - ir:ir-batch6-300039205:45:12 2015-10-05
Frank Ledwell - ir:ir-batch6-289960415:12:45 2015-10-04
Twentieth century - ir:ir-batch6-291740411:02:35 2015-09-30
7 poets from Prince Edward Island - ir:ir-batch6-293344614:59:03 2015-10-04
John Smith - ir:ir-batch6-289857516:44:56 2015-10-04
The weaver's grave - ir:ir-batch6-288339306:04:18 2015-10-05
Canadian unity - ir:ir-batch6-291332021:03:01 2015-10-04
Adrien, a life of expressions - ir:ir-batch6-290144314:50:33 2015-10-05
Images of an island in words - ir:ir-batch6-291632115:52:33 2015-10-04
17th Century Minor Poets - ir:ir-batch6-292631300:53:13 2015-10-05
Introduction to the middle ages - ir:ir-batch6-293232017:04:46 2015-10-06
Figurative language in poetry - ir:ir-batch6-293438323:54:31 2015-10-03
John Donne - ir:ir-batch6-292730703:13:50 2015-09-26
Everyman and medieval drama - ir:ir-batch6-293138223:37:23 2015-10-05
James Joyce - ir:ir-batch6-292032700:26:37 2015-10-04
Shakespeare - ir:ir-batch6-292929623:05:41 2015-10-04
The renaissance man and his world - ir:ir-batch6-292830018:55:23 2015-09-26
Introduction to 16th century literature. Thomas More's Utopia - ir:ir-batch6-293031821:16:42 2015-09-27
Evaluating the story - ir:ir-batch6-293636012:12:31 2015-09-30
Message in a bottle - ir:ir-batch6-290740115:47:56 2015-09-30
Report of the Royal Commission on Public Sector Labour Relations - ir:ir-batch6-291037516:00:21 2015-09-30
Introducing 18th century literature - ir:ir-batch6-288839016:17:24 2015-10-05
Point of view in fiction - ir:ir-batch6-293735901:51:15 2015-10-02
Transitional poets of 18th century - ir:ir-batch6-288776504:56:36 2015-10-03
Literature since the mid century - ir:ir-batch6-291830922:55:47 2015-10-04
Topics in Victorian literature - ir:ir-batch6-292232714:50:39 2015-09-30
Proceedings of the October 7th meeting - ir:ir-batch6-292432419:21:34 2015-09-29
Distinctive voices in 20th century British literature - ir:ir-batch6-291934405:14:15 2015-10-06
Introduction to 20th century literature - ir:ir-batch6-292132603:27:10 2015-10-05
Introduction to the Victorian period - ir:ir-batch6-292332620:43:53 2015-09-29
Swift, Addison, and Steele - ir:ir-batch6-292533016:58:47 2015-10-04