Return of the Wild Goose

Return of the Wild Goose – Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell will launch her new book Return of the Wild Goose on April 4 at 7 pm in the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown. Jane will be joined by Irish concertina player Gormlaith Maynes, accompanied by Jesse Périard on guitar.

Return of the Wild Goose explores the life of writer and activist Katherine Hughes. These poems are inspired by what is known—and unknown—about her contradictory life as a Catholic teacher in Mohawk territory; a journalist working alongside Canada’s first-wave feminists and suffragettes; the first public archivist of Alberta; and finally, as a zealous propagandist for the Irish cause. This (auto)biographical dialogue between Jane Ledwell and Katherine Hughes offers the reader a fierce remembrance of a PEI radical.

What made Hughes a trailblazer but not a feminist? An archivist who kept so few records of her own? What made her overthrow ideas of empire for Irish republican nationalism? Return of the Wild Goose remembers (and maybe fights a bit) with a fascinating historical Prince Edward Island woman.

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor who lives in Charlottetown. She has published two previous collections of poetry, Last Tomato and Bird Calls: The Island Responds. She also co-authored Elaine Harrison: I Am an Island That Dreams and co-edited two books of academic writing about L. M. Montgomery. Jane currently serves as executive director of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Join Island Studies Press and Jane Ledwell in celebrating this new book. For information about the book or the launch, contact Bren at or call 902-566-0386.