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A Little Book of Ledwidge

A Selection of the Poems and Letters of Francis Ledwidge

ISBN13: 9781847307835

ISBN10: 1847307833

Publisher: Veritas Publications (3 April 2017)

Extent: 128 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 215 x 138 mm

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  • 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.

  • John Quinn


        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.


    Francis Ledwidge


    Francis Edward Ledwidge (19 August 1887 – 31 July 1917) was an Irish war poet from County Meath. Sometimes known as the 'poet of the blackbirds', he was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I.


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