Ian McDonald: Author Profile

Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Ian was educated at Queens Royal College and Cambridge University. His career has spanned several decades in a variety of fields: Business, Sports and Literature. Ian is the recipient of Guyana’s Golden Arrow Of Achievement. The University of the West Indies in 1997 awarded him honorary Doctorate Of

Letters. He has been a Fellow of The Royal Society Of Literature since 1970. He has written extensively on cricket. In addition to writing poetry and prose, Ian has edited and co-edited numerous collections and anthologies. His novel The Hummingbird Tree(1969) was made into a BBC film. He won the Guyana Prize for Literature — Poetry three times: in 1992, 2004 and 2012 and has published seven poetry collections in addition to short stories and two collections of essays and speeches. He continues to write on cricket and poetry and several publications are in the works.



  • The Hummingbird Tree (1969 )


  • Mercy Ward ( 1988 )
  • Essequibo ( 1992 )
  • Jaffo The Calypsonian ( 1994 )
  • Between Silence And Silence ( 2003 )
  • The Comfort Of All Things ( 2012  
  • River Dancer ( 2016 )
  • People Of Guyana (with Peter Jailall) (2018)
  • New and Collected Poems (2018)


  • Tramping Man ( 1969 )


  • A Cloud Of Witnesses ( 2012 )
  • A Love Of Poetry ( 2013 )


  • Selected Poems of Martin Carter (1989)
  • Collected Poems of A.J. Seymour (with J. de Weever) (2000)

ANTHOLOGY (with Stewart Brown)

  • The Bowling Was Super Fine — West Indian Cricket Writing (2012)

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