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A graveyard and old headstones: a typical scene around one of the many Baptist churches on the hills of the company villages. Photo by Marlon Rouse

The Merikins: heroes of the forgotten war

Issue 140 (July/August 2016) | 15 comments
Two hundred years ago, a group of free black veterans of the War of 1812 arrived in Trinidad. In the island’s deep south, the villages they founded still preserve the traditions of the “Merikins,” as writer Judy Raymond and photographer Marlon Rouse discover — and still have much to teach their fellow citizens

Angelo Bissessarsingh at home, surrounded by his library and collection of artifacts. Photo by Mark Lyndersay

Angelo Bissessarsingh: back in times

Issue 138 (March/April 2016) | 0 comments
For Trinidadian Angelo Bissessarsingh, what started as a childhood obsession with yesteryear artefacts grew into a passion for researching and writing about history that’s helped reignite public interest in T&T’s complicated past. Judy Raymond tells the story of a young historian’s archive and love for what once was

Gérard “Jerry” Besson. Photo by Alice Besson

Gerard Besson: “I’m such a set of loose ends”

Issue 136 (November/December 2015) | 0 comments
Trinidadian historian and publisher Jerry Besson on his eccentric relatives and colourful career — as told to Judy Raymond

Caribbean artists. Photos by Jeffrey Chock/ courtesy Carifesta V.

Carifesta: A Grand Family Reunion

Issue 1 (Spring 1992) | 0 comments
This summer in Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean stages its arts festival, Carifesta, for only the fifth time in two decades. Judy Raymond reports

Photograph by Maria Nunes

Word of mouth (January/February 2015)

Issue 131 (January/February 2015) | 1 comment
Trinidad’s stickfighting season, a new film about the history of steel pan, and St Lucia’s week of Nobel celebrations

Manhattan from the Staten Island ferry. Photograph by Luke Raymond-Guillen

Picking the Big Apple

Issue 107 (January/February 2011) | 0 comments
...or should that be picking in the Big Apple? Judy Raymond is spoilt for choice in New York City

A band of Blue Devils of Paramin. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Past masters of the mas

Issue 107 (January/February 2011) | 0 comments
These old-time characters still come out to play every Carnival, and Abigail Hadeed is there to record them. Here she shares some of her images

Albert Laveau. Photograph courtesy Albert Laveau

Albert Laveau: A Man for All Seasons

Issue 100 (November/December 2009) | 0 comments
Actor Albert Laveau tells Judy Raymond how he's guiding the Trinidad Theatre Workshop into its next half-century

View of San Fernando, painted by Margaret Mann. Photograph courtesy National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago

The Measure of a Mann

Issue 100 (November/December 2009) | 0 comments
Margaret Mann was an English housewife whose drawing teacher was the renowned Trinidadian artist Michel-Jean Cazabon..

MSQUARED line by Meiling. Photograph by Wyatt Gallery

Meiling and Msquared

Issue 95 (January/February 2009) | 0 comments
What do you get when you add master designer Meiling to affordable chain-store fashion?