“Our beach”: Antigua’s Ffryes Bay

“Our beach”: Antigua’s Ffryes Bay

For filmmakers Howard and Mitzi Allen, pristine Ffryes Bay on Antigua’s south coast is not just a location — it’s a retreat and a repository for memories.

Caribbean Datebook (January/February 2015)

Caribbean Datebook (January/February 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in January and February — from Trinidad Carnival to Jamaican jazz to sailing in Grenada.

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts and Nevis may be the smallest independent nation in the Americas, but every inch of its landscape is roiling with history. Garry Steckles suggests a two-day tour covering five hundred years of Caribbean life in miniature, from the first British colonial settlement to the beginning of the tourism industry.

Versia Harris: once upon a dream

Versia Harris: once upon a dream

The imaginary worlds that Barbadian Versia Harris creates in her animated video works are inspired by childhood cartoons as much as the landscapes of home. Marsha Pearce talks to the artist about exploring the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Melanie Abrahams. Photograph by Linda Brownlee

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

Melanie Abrahams, London-based literary promoter, on her mixed Caribbean heritage, and using literature to negotiate identity — as told to Joshua Surtees.

Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Many observers agree that in today’s Carnival the most memorable spectacles happen in “kiddies’ mas.” And bandleader Rosalind Gabriel has been at the forefront for over two decades. Nazma Muller meets the innovator with a taste for tradition.

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

The 2013 hit “Differentology” was his international breakthrough, but Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is no overnight success. Laura Dowrich looks back at Bunji’s rise from the pavements of Arima to the world stage, while Mark Lyndersay offers a personal take on the twenty-year evolution of the artiste’s sound.

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill.

The reasoning is the seasoning

The reasoning is the seasoning

There’s a movement afoot on the Jamaican culinary scene, bringing once-peripheral vegan and raw food lifestyles into the mainstream. It’s about bodily health, Kellie Magnus discovers, but it’s also about taste — and about the soul.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Travels with islands

The British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, born a century ago, is best known for his books on Central Europe and Greece. But his Caribbean travel narrative The Traveller’s Tree stands apart for its curiosity about ordinary lives. James Ferguson rereads this classic.

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