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Patricia Scotland: “I wanted to do”

Issue 140 (July/August 2016) | 0 comments
The first woman to be elected Commonwealth secretary-general, Dominica-born Patricia Scotland has made history in more ways than one over her stellar career. Joshua Surtees interviews the new Commonwealth head and finds out where her passion for speaking up comes from

Baroness Valerie Amos. Photo courtesy The School of Oriental and African Studies

Baroness Valerie Amos: Wakenaam to Westminster

Issue 136 (November/December 2015) | 1 comment
Born on a tiny island in Guyana’s Essequibo River, Baroness Valerie Amos has journeyed to the world’s corridors of power. As Joshua Surtees discovers, her Caribbean heritage has journeyed with her

Calypsonian Alexander D Great. Photograph courtesy NALIS

The Queen’s kaiso

Issue 134 (July/August 2015) | 0 comments
Calypso came to Britain in 1948, on board the Windrush — and found a home in multicultural London. Joshua Surtees discovers what makes the UK version of the artform distinctive, and meets some of the kaisonians who keep it alive

Melanie Abrahams. Photograph by Linda Brownlee

Melanie Abrahams: “I like Jamaica, but I’m more Trini-minded”

Issue 131 (January/February 2015) | 1 comment
Melanie Abrahams, London-based literary promoter, on her mixed Caribbean heritage, and using literature to negotiate identity — as told to Joshua Surtees

Joseph Marcell in the lead role of the Globe on Tour production of King Lear. Photograph by Ellie Kurttz

St. Lucia’s Joseph Marcell: “Some say it’s luck”

Issue 130 (November/December 2014) | 0 comments
St Lucia-born actor Joseph Marcell on his path to the stage, his celebrated role on a hit US sitcom, and the value of both “grace” and “rivalry” for performing artists — as told to Joshua Surtees