Jamaica-born debut author Nicole Dennis-Benn. Photo courtesy Nicole Dennis-Benn

Word of mouth (September/October 2016)

Caribbean writers star at the Brooklyn Book Festival, a new musical work remembers the Guyanese poet Martin Carter, and Trinidadians anticipate the sweet treats of Divali.

Shakirah Bourne, writer and director of A Caribbean Dream, with Robin Whenary, director of photography. Photo by Neil Marshall, courtesy A Caribbean Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne — living the Dream

Barbadian Shakirah Bourne became a filmmaker by accident — and learned her craft the hard way, through “guerilla-style” productions with minimal resources. Then a “dream” project came along: the chance to adapt and direct Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a Bajan setting. Naila Folami Imoja tells the story of how A Caribbean Dream came true.

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (at right), in a scene from Hamilton

Word of mouth (September/October 2015)

The hit Broadway musical Hamilton links Caribbean and American history, and the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival reimagines Bahamian stories for the stage.

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”

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.

Photograph by Mark Harris

Caribbean Datebook (November/December 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in November and December — from surfing in Barbados to Pantomime in Jamaica.

City of Lights. Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (November/ December 2013)

Discover Trinidad’s Divali Nagar, Miami’s international art fair, and Jamaica’s annual pantomime .

Nicolette Bethel. Photograph by Duke Wells

Nicolette Bethel: “In the theatre, you never know what’s gonna happen”

Bahamian playwright Nicolette Bethel, co-founder of the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival, on the unpredictable thrill of live performance.

Artist Heather Headley. Photograph courtesy Heather Headley

Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground

The Tony & Grammy award winning Trinidad-born star is preparing for the West End debut of 'The Bodyguard'. Caroline Taylor asked her what was next.

Slices of time

Slices of time

Mark Lyndersay on Seasons of Dance: The Story of Jamaican Dance Theatre, by Monica DaSilva .

Taking flight

Taking flight

Caroline Taylor on Dominique Le Gendre’s Bird of Night.