Patricia Bazard is a storyteller, writer and musical performer from Nassau in The Bahamas. She is a very well known and respected figure in The Bahamas having been the government's Senior Cultural Affairs Officer. She still works with the country's national youth choir.
Patricia grew up in the poor neighbourhood of Bain Town which historically had a large African population. She says that Bahamian storytelling owes a huge debt to Africa as well as the rhythm of African music. Storytelling is one of the customs influenced by African cultures, for example in the stories of ber Bookie and ber Rabbi. Patricia's mother was a 'rhymer' which means that she spoke and even thought almost continually in rhymes.
Storytelling and folklore played a large role in the traditional entertainment of Bahamian communities, especially before the advent of television. Many of the tales also carry moral lessons. Bahamian storytelling has witnessed some revival, through the works of Patricia and other authors.