NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Singing Convention by Brenda Kay Ledford

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.
$20.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-7351316-6-5
April, 2021
Children's: Picture Book
Available from the publisher

"Ledford's prose and poetry bring us as close as we can get to Southern Appalachia's past. She looks through the keyhole of time and place with grace and beauty. The Singing Convention is no exception."
—Marcia Barnes, Clay County Progress Journalist

"There is excitement all around in the newest book written by Brenda Kay Ledford. As a young girl, I remember the beautiful sounds of music coming from the Singing Convention in the red courthouse, when I attended with my family. I believe Brenda Kay Ledford has written her best ever story, and oh my, what an amazing artist who illustrated this book!"
—Glenda Cheeks, City President United Community Bank, Hayesville

"This wonderful story of family captures the innocence of childhood for me. Brenda Kay Ledford sparks our imagination with her words and pictures, and captures our hearts in the story's embrace. She brings mountain storytelling to the pages of this creative children's tale for all to enjoy."
—Kanute Rarey, Appalachian Storyteller and founder of the group, Hayesville

This is a wonderful true story of a family of eight children set in century. It is a story of how one child feels about being called on most of the work and the lesson he learns. This book also introduces the reader to shape note singing.

Brenda Kay Ledford is a member of North Carolina Writer's Network and listed with "A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers," and on the North Carolina Literary Trail. Her work has appeared in many journals including Our State, Asheville Poetry Review, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Guideposts Magazine. She has received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from NC Society of Historians a dozen times for her books and blogs.

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