Frank Ledwell was born and raised in St Peters Bay, the home of The Turret Bell. A popular storyteller, Frank Ledwell was the author of several volumes of prose and poetry, including The Taste of Water, a collection of poems; Island Sketchbook, which combines fiction and memoir to reflect the life of Prince Edward Island in the mid-twentieth century; The North Shore of Home, fiction and poetry that evoke Ledwell’s home community of St. Peter’s Bay during the Depression and the Second World War; and Dip & Veer, poetry inspired by the visual art of Canadian painter Alex Colville. He is also author of the poetry collection Crowbush and has produced a CD of poetry in performance, Being Islanders, with fiddler Roy Johnstone.
He was Professor Emeritus of the English Department of the University of Prince Edward Island, where he taught English and Creative Writing for many years. Frank Ledwell was the first recipient of the PEI Council of the Arts’ prestigious Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts in PEI, in 1985. He received the Wendell Boyle Memorial Award for Creative Writing in 2003, the Charlottetown Royalty Rotary's Mentorship Award in 2004, and the Order of Prince Edward Island in 2006. He became the Island's second Poet Laureate in January 2005.
He and his wife Carolyn have six children and two grandchildren. He died in 2008. His contributions to Island life are remembered through the Frank Ledwell Scholarship Fund at the University of Prince Edward Island. Also, his legacy is celebrated at the Frank Ledwell Storytelling and Comedy Festival, held annually in St Peters Bay at the Courthouse Theatre.
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