Dr. David Weale is a retired professor of Canadian and Prince Edward Island history at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has written books including works of history such as A Stream Out of Lebanon (Institute of Island Studies, 1988) but is best known for capturing Prince Edward Island folk history and tradition in popular books and stage shows.
His award-winning CBC Radio show called "Them Times" ran from the mid- to late 1980s and focussed on life in Prince Edward Island prior to the "break," that time after the Second World War when the 20th century seemed to hit the Island all at once. The Institute of Island Studies urged David Weale to collect the stories into a manuscript and published it as a book -- Them Times (Institute of Island Studies, 1992). Now in its eighth printing, there are 15,000 copies in print; one household reported getting seven copies the first Christmas it was out! The following year, Weale further established himself as a storytelling presence when the local CBC supper-hour show, Compass, featured him telling these stories on a weekly basis.
Two of the Christmas stories in Them Times sparked the idea for An Island Christmas Reader, which was published in 1994 by The Acorn Press. The book is in its third printing and has sold over 7,000 copies.
In 1993, Weale decided to take his storytelling on the road, and he created the lively stage show "A Long Way from the Road," featuring his stories with fiddle and piano accompaniment. It played for five summers to sold-out audiences across the Island. This show resulted in the book A Long Way from the Road (The Acorn Press, 1998).
He is well-known for three popular children's books, The True Meaning of Crumbfest (Acorn Press, 1999), Everything that Shines (The Acorn Press, 2001), and Three Tall Trees (Acorn Press, 2004), all created in with Prince Edward Island illustrator Dale McNevin. He also wrote the screenplay for The True Meaning of Crumbfest (Cellar Door/Catalyst Entertainment).
Weale has been featured on regular weekly storytelling series on both CBC Radio and Television in Prince Edward Island; he has told stories on regional CBC radio, and nationally on "The Gabereau Show," with the telling of "The True Meaning of Crumbfest." He has also been a guest on CBC-TV's "Man Alive" and CBC Radio's "Tapestry."
Weale was a featured storyteller in the International Storytellers Festival held in Prince Edward Island in September 1999. During the summer in 2000, he toured his one-man show, "Greenmount Boy," across Prince Edward Island. For the next two summers, Weale performed with songwriter Allan Rankin and musicians Brad Fremlin and Perry Williams in a weekly show, "Here on the Island."
Recent self-published titles by David Weale include Overheard on the Island, Pride in Small Places, Whatever You Say, Chasin' the Shore, and Doors in the Air.