Bird Calls

Jane Ledwell

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ISBN: 9780919013995

Bird Calls

The Island Responds

  Author:   Jane Ledwell    
  Publisher:  Island Studies Press

In 1854 British travel writer Isabella Lucy Bird visited Prince Edward Island for six weeks and published an account of her stay there that was both scathing and charming. “Paris may be the gayest city in the world,” she wrote, “and London the richest, but Charlottetown was the most gossiping.” “I never saw a community,” she continued,” in which people appear to hate each other so cordially.”

Contemporary Island poet Jane Ledwell was both fascinated and exasperated by Bird’s haughty, privileged judgement and decided to “write back”–160 years later. The result is Bird Calls: The Island Responds.

Bird Calls weaves the travel prose of Isabella Lucy Bird with Ledwell’s poems written in response, and delivers an intriguing conversation for the reader which contrasts PEI then and now, and showcases the talents of two accomplished writers, from very different generations.

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ISBN associated with this title:9780919013995
Item MC0215
PublisherIsland Studies Press
PublisherIsland Studies Press
Published onApril 18 2018
Language eng
Pages 56
Format Paperback
Dimensions7(in) x 7(in)
Shipping weight124(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She has published two previous collections of poetry, Last Tomato and Bird Calls: The Island Responds and is a past recipient of the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in PEI. Jane currently serves as executive director of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She is a parent of two children, Anna and Sam, with her partner, visual artist Stephen MacInnis.