Wordsworth McAndrew

Wordsworth McAndrew (22 November 1936 – 25 April 2008)[1] was a leading Guyana folklorist, poet, radio broadcaster, and creative artist.

Wordsworth McAndrew
Born(1936-11-22)22 November 1936
Died25 April 2008(2008-04-25) (aged 71)
Occupationfolklorist, radio broadcaster


McAndrew was born in 22 November 1936[2] in Georgetown, British Guiana, to Winslow Alexander McAndrew and Ivy McAndrew. His father was a schoolteacher, musician and catechist, who taught in rural Anglican schools. McAndrew was raised in Cummingsburg and, from the age of 12, in Newtown, Kitty. He attended "Teacher" Marshall Kindergarten School, Christ Church Primary School and Queen's College.[3]

Through his work as a radio broadcaster during the 1960s and 1970s, he helped the Guyanese recognize and feel proud of their mythological and folkloric heritage. He studied and celebrated Guyanese language and culture, using all media available to explain and promote Guyanese cultural characteristics.[2]

McAndrew died on 25 April 2008, at the East Orange Hospital,[4] in New Jersey, where he had been living in self-imposed exile.[5] In 2015, he was posthumously awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement by President David A. Granger.[6]


The Wordsworth McAndrew Award, founded in 2002 to celebrate Guyanese who have made important contributions to the country's cultural life, was named in his honour.[7]

In 2015, Wordsworth's former wife, Rosie McAndrew, published a memoir which covers Wordsworth's Radio/TV training in England, his early broadcasting career in Guyana, their relationship, marriage and the birth of his second daughter. [8] The book features letters written in his own words and some of his poetry.


  1. ^ Gary Girdhari, "The Passing of a Great Artist: Wordsworth McAndrew", Guyana Journal, May 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary Wordsworth Albert McAndrew, folklorist and journalist, died on April 25, 2008, aged 71". Stabroek News. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Wordsworth McAndrew - A Guyanese National Treasure", eCaroh Caribbean Emporium.
  4. ^ "Wordsworth Mcandrew Dies At 72", Stabroek News, 26 April 2008, p. 16.
  5. ^ "Wordsworth McAndrew", Literature Guyana.
  6. ^ "Hamilton Green leads list of Guyanese to receive National Awards". Real FM Guyana. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Olga Lopes Seale and Vivian Lee meet in Barbados after over 40 years". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Cultures on the cusp in 1970s Guyana". Hastings Online Times. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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