Book Launch: A Little Book of Ledwidge

Book Launch: A Little Book of Ledwidge

Thursday 27 April 2017

7pm – 9pm | All welcome

All are welcome to the launch of the poetry collection In A Little Book of Ledwidge. This collection by John Quinn offers a timely introduction to the Meath-born ‘poet of the blackbird’ illuminating the many facets of Ledwidge’s personality, both as poet and war hero. 

To commemorate the centenary of Francis Ledwidge's death in the Battle of Passchendaele, John Quinn has compiled a selection of writings, both by Ledwidge and those closest to him. These poems, diary entries and letters follow Ledwidge's life from budding poet in County Meath to soldier facing the horrors of the battle on the western front. We discover, through Ledwidge's colourful verse, his reactions to the world around him, life as an Irish soldier in the British Army during the First World War, and his response to the execution of close friend Thomas McDonagh in the Easter Rising of 1916. Featuring an assessment by Seamus Heaney, this book will make a fine addition to any poetry and history lover's collection.

About the author:

John Quinn is a former RTÉ radio broadcaster. Previous publications by Veritas include Goodnight Ballivor, I’ll Sleep in Trim, also the subject of a TG4 documentary,Letters to Olive: Sea of Love, Sea of Loss, Seed of Love, Seed of Life and Credo: Personal Testimonies of Faith.