The Biography of Peggy Dymond Leavey


Margaret Louise (Peggy) Dymond was born in Toronto, Ontario, the second in a family of five children.  Shortly after her birth, her father joined the Canadian military, and as a result of his frequent postings over the years, the children were raised in numerous towns and cities in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.  The longest posting was in Winnipeg for four years. Photo by  cindytaylor.com

Peggy has enjoyed writing all her life. She won first prize in an essay competition when she was in Grade four, and it was the encouragement she received from her family and teachers that made her decide she would become a writer. Her earliest pieces appeared regularly on the back page of "Canadian Girl" in the 1950s - a Sunday School paper published by the United Church. It was in Trenton, Ontario that Peggy was finally able to put down roots. She and her husband Wayne have raised three children and are the proud grandparents of eight. 

As well as being the bookkeeper for her husband's business, Peggy worked for nearly 17 years as a part time librarian for the County of Prince Edward Public Library. After her children were all in school, Peggy started writing freelance for the newspaper in Trenton.  She has also had published poems, stories and articles for both adults and children and has helped research and write three books of local history.  Her own book of non-fiction, "The Movie Years," the story of Trenton's early film industry was published by Mika Publishing in 1989.  The research gathered for that project also provided background for  "A Circle in Time," her second novel for children. 

 

Peggy has young fans everywhere, and many show up at her book signings. Below is a picture from the signing for the The Deep End Gang at Desjardin's Books, Trenton, Ontario.

Photo by Chris McArthur

Bibliography

Short stories, Poems, etc.

"Just Like Me". Owen Sound, Owen Sound: Buzz, April, 1987.

"Wilbur Wilson's Woolly Winter".Owen Sound: Buzz, Nov. 1986.

"Only a Stable" (short play). Toronto: Dept. of Stewardship Services, United Church of Canada, Dec. 1985.

"A House for Tina". U.S.A.: The Friend, April 1982.

"Marcy McEwan Has Red Hair". U.S.A.: The Friend, Nov. 1978.

"Night Canoe" (poem). U.S.A.: Guide Magazine, March 1978.

 

Books

Trouble at Turtle Narrows. Toronto: Napoleon, 2008

Treasure at Turtle Lake. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing., 2007

The Path Through the Trees. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 2005

The Deep End Gang. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 2003

Finding My Own Way. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 2001

Sky Lake Summer: Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 1999.

A Circle in Time. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 1997.

Help Wanted: Wednesdays Only. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing Inc., 1994.

The Movie Years.  Belleville: Mika Publishing, 1989.


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