Arnold F. Ward

Arnold F. Ward

 

Arnold F Ward was born in Barbados in 1946. He is a graduate of the Modern High school (A proud Modernite) and of York University, Toronto (Bethune 1972). He worked as an accountant in Barbados for several years.

Arnold has always kept in touch with his creative self. He won his first creative writing prize, twelve dollars worth of textbooks, while at high school in the sixties. This was for a short story called :"The walls have ears" about an inquisitive parrot helping to solve a burglary. Arnold also won an essay competition sponsored by a local business school on the occasion of Barbados' independence from Britain in 1966. The bookkeeping course he completed set him on the path to becoming a qualified accountant.

In later years Arnold received top prizes in writing competitions sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (1972), The Government of Venezuela (1980's) and the United

Nations. He has also received silver and bronze medals from the Barbados National Cultural Foundation for his poetry and plays and an award from the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

Arnold is an actor and has written, produced, directed and performed in several productions of the Green Room Players of Barbados. He was also recently featured in the very popular "Keeping up with the Joneses", a sitcom shown on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and on Caribvision. He played the part of the Archbishop in "Sweetbottom", a film produced by the University of the West Indies

Arnold is always ready to promote worthwhile causes. He produced "kaiso Queen", a calypso musical, to assist the Barbados Landship, "Golden Pens" for the Salvation Army and several concerts for the Methodist Church.

As an author his self published books include "Knock and Wait" and "Dear Aunt" now available on Kindle. Other books previously published in print are "Call me King" an interview with "King" Dyall, "Caribbean Funbook" for children and "Bajan Love". These were all very well received by the readers.

Arnold is a regular at readings arranged by the NCF and other groups and was recently featured on "Green Readings", a series of readings at beautiful local settings sposored by ARTSETC and the Barbadian Ministry of the Environment.

"Knock and Wait" has been described by one reviewer "as the great Barbadian novel" and relates the intertwining stories of three poor Barbadians living in the sixties. Many visitors to Barbados have sought out Mr. Ward to compliment him on this work.

Dear Aunt (Jewel Spencer) is an upper middle class young woman who falls in love with an artisan and is forced to leave her comfortable surroundings and accept employment as a domestic servant. This story is set in the early twentieth century and culminates in the seventies when Dear Aunt,now a battered and tormented soul seeks shelter at the home of a distant relative. Her interaction with the two children in the family is especially heartwarming.

Arnold has been acclaimed a Literary Master by The National Cultural Foundation of Barbados and is the first winner of the coveted Plumed Pen Award from Voices Writers Collective.


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