Barbara Gloudon

Barbara Gloudon OD, OJ, IOJ (1935 - 11 May 2022) was an Afro-Jamaican journalist, author, playwright and theatre chair.

Barbara Gloudon

As well as having a distinguished career as a journalist, in which capacity she was honoured with two Seprod Awards from the Press Association of Jamaica and as an officer in the Order of Distinction, Gloudon began working in 1969 as a scriptwriter for Jamaica's Little Theatre Movement (LTM) and also wrote radio drama. She hosted a radio talk show for thirty years and became chair of the LTM. Having received numerous awards and honours, Gloudon was granted the Order of Jamaica in 1992 and became a fellow of the Institute of Jamaica in 2012.


Barbara Joy Goodison was born in
Malvern, Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, to Doris (née Harvey) and Vivian M. Goodison. Her father worked as a chauffeur and mechanic and Goodison grew up in a middle-class family. One of her sisters became the first female Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna GoodisonShe attended St. George's Elementary School and went on to further her education at St Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston, as well as completing an international writing studies program at the University of Iowa. While in high school, she participated in theatrical performances and studied drama with Jean Watson

In 1953, Goodison began her career at The Gleaner newspaper, working as a reporter. Simultaneously, she also worked as a columnist, using the pseudonym "Stella" at the Jamaica StarOn 23 April 1960, Goodison married the chemist and food technologist, Ancile Gloudon a native of Port of Spain, Trinidad. The couple would subsequently have three children, Lisa, Jason and Anya and work together to build their first home. She would work as a features editor, editor and reporter at both The Gleanerand The Star until 1978. In 1964, the inaugural year of the Seprod Awards for Journalism, and again in 1968, Gloudon won recognition from the Press Association of Jamaica. One of the regular beats she covered was the arts and theater. Showing a particular talent for reporting on the cast, as well as the event, Gloudon was invited by the government to cover the art revolution in Britain in the 1960s.

Upon her return to Jamaica, after nearly a month in the UK in 1969, Gloudon was invited by Greta Fowler, who with her husband Henry had founded Jamaica's Little Theatre Movement (LTM), to write a script for the annual pantomime production. Since the Americans had just landed a man on the moon, Gloudon wrote Moonshine Anancy. Selected for production, the piece marked a turning point in the LTM productions, as before Moonshine Anancy they were more British than Jamaican. The first entry into the annual invited submission contest was followed by more than 30 scripts submitted for the National Pantomime event. She was honoured as an officer in the Order of Distinctionin 1975 for her journalistic services