Alvin Cummins

Alvin Cummins

 

Alvin Cummins was born in Barbados in 1933 and attended Combermere Boys' School. He left the island in 1958 to attend Harpur College of the State University of New York (SUNY) on a tuition waiver where he studied for a Bachelor's degree with a Major in Biology. Upon completion he trained for his Diploma in Medical Technology. He returned to Barbados in 1963 and assumed the post of Senior Technologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The desire for further study resulted in training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York and a certificate in Exfoliative Cytology, and later a journey to the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies where he completed a BSc (Special) in Clinical Microbiology and a MSc. in Microbiology. It was in Jamaica in 1970 that he commenced work on The Wind Also Listens, a novel that traces a young Barbadian's 'escape' from the stutltifying and prejudice-filled atmosphere that was pre-independence Barbados. It also seeks to highlight the social atmosphere of the island and the motivations for and the ways in

which other young people 'escaped' from that society, migrating to seek better lives in other countries.

He migrated to Toronto, Canada the same year, resulting in a halt to its completion until 1997. In the interim he worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and at the same time completed studies for his Certificate in Public Administration at the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Hospital and Health Care Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. From 1981 to 1983 he worked as Supervisor of the Microbiology Department at Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar. He returned to Barbados in 1985 and established Med Chem Laboratories, a private diagnostic laboratory, and recently (2007) obtained hs M.Phil. Degree in Microbiology.

His contributions to the Literary Arts include four plays: I-Jah, The Homecoming, Jaja, King of Opobo, and Three Women; three musicals: East Side-West Side, Emmerton, and Redemption; and three novels: The Wind Also Listens, Yeshua: aka Jesus the Nazarene and The Royal Palms Are Dying. Two of these novels are joint winners of the Prime Minister's Award at the 2007 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Awards, and The Homecoming and The Royal Palms Are Dying are winners of literary awards at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA).


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