FEATURED WRITER - Ian McDonald
Born in Trinidad April 18th 1933 and educated at Queens Royal College. Honours Degree in History at Cambridge University.
In July 1955 he joined Bookers in British Guiana as it was then and spent 52 years in the sugar industry. Rose to be Director of Marketing & Administration in Bookers Sugar Estates and after nationalization in 1976 continued in that post with GuySuCo until 1999.

In 2000 – 2007 he was Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean. He was Editorial Consultant with the West Indian Commission 1991-92.
In January 2009 he was appointed Chairman of Guyana Publications Inc., publishers of Stabroek News. Director of the Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies since 1988.

As a lawn tennis player he played at Wimbledon, captained Cambridge, then Guyana and also captained the West Indian Davis Cup team in the 1960s. He was Guyana’s Sportsman of the Year in 1957.

A novelist and poet, he has published short stories, six poetry collections (Mercy Ward, Essequibo, Jaffo the Calpysonian, Between Silence And Silence, The Comfort of All Things and River Dancer), a collection of essays and speeches A Cloud Of Witnesses and a collection of essays A Love of Poetry. His novel The Humming-Bird Tree was first published in 1969; in 1992 it was made into a BBC film. In 2004 Macmillan published a new edition. He won the Guyana Prize for Literature – poetry – in 1992, 2004, and 2012. He edited the magazine Kyk-Over-Al from 1984 to 2000.

He has edited the following: AJS at 70; The Collected Poems of A.J. Seymour jointly with Jacqueline de Weever; The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry in English jointly with Dr. Stewart Brown. With Lloyd Searwar, Joel Benjamin and Laxshmi Kallicharan he compiled and edited They Came in Ships, an anthology of Guyanese East Indian Writing; The Bowling Was Superfine, an anthology of West Indian Cricket writing edited jointly with Dr. Stewart Brown.  In 2008 Macmillan published his Selected Poems, edited and with an Introduction by Professor Edward Baugh, in honour of his 75th birthday. Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Literary Prize in 2009.

His one-act play, The Tramping Man, first produced in Guyana in 1969, was published by UWI’s School of Continuing Studies in a collection of eight Caribbean plays entitled…. a time and a season. He has written extensively on cricket and in 2005 delivered the Inaugural Lecture entitled “Cricket: A Hunger in the West Indian Soul” at the London Metropolitan University in the prestigious Sir Frank Worrell lecture series. Member, with P.J. Patterson and Sir Alister McIntyre, of panel set up by the West Indies Cricket Board in 2007 to report and make recommendations on the governance of West Indies Cricket. Assisted in compilation and production of Cricket At Bourda, celebrating the Georgetown Cricket Club, in time for the World Cup, March 2007. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1970.

He is a recipient of the Golden Arrow of Achievement Guyana national award. In 1997 the University of the West Indies conferred on him the Honorary Doctorate of Letters for services to sugar, sport and literature. In 2013 he received the Theatre Guild of Guyana Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is consulting Editor for the Guyana Classics series being published by the Caribbean Press. Contributed, with his sister Robin McDonald, to the publication of their mother’s Memoir – Beloved…., Memoir by Thelma Seheult – published by Paria Publishing in Trinidad, 2016. An Abounding Joy, a collection of essays on cricket and sport, edited by Professor Clem Seecharan, to be published by Hansib in 2017. He and his wife Mary Angela have two sons, Jamie and Darren, and he has a son Keith from a previous marriage.
 February 2017.


 

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