Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The artist of Carriacou

When Canute Caliste died ten years ago, he was Carriacou’s most celebrated artist. His “naive” paintings record everyday life in his island, says James Ferguson, with a touch of the magical.

Gérard “Jerry” Besson. Photo by Alice Besson

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

Trinidadian historian and publisher Jerry Besson on his eccentric relatives and colourful career — as told to Judy Raymond.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

On holy ground: Noel Dyer

When Jamaican Noel Dyer arrived in Ethiopia fifty years ago, he discovered the promised land for Rastafarians was a work in progress. James Ferguson tells the story.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Faustin Wirkus: for king and country?

How did a young man from Pennsylvania become “king” of Haiti’s La Gonave? The unlikely story, says James Ferguson, started a century ago.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Out of many: Martin Luther King Jr and Jamaica

Martin Luther King, Jr, visited Jamaica in 1965, at the height of his fame. He roused audiences there with his soaring speeches, James Ferguson explains, but the newly independent nation inspired the Civil Rights hero just as indelibly.

Pick of the month

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2001)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Fédon’s bequest

The 1795 rebellion led by the mixed-race planter Julien Fédon established a short-lived black republic in Grenada, writes James Ferguson — and has shaped the island’s economy to this day.

The Pitons from Anse Chastenet. Photograph by Sean Drakes/Blue Mango

Bel Sent Lisi: discovering St Lucia

St. Lucia may well be the ultimate island paradise: those glorious Pitons rising out of the sea, the Jazz Festival and Bill Fishing Tournament, beautiful beaches and flora, and now a Heritage Programme that lets you into the "real" St Lucia. Simon Lee is your guide.

Double chaconia. Photograph by Sandy Gibson

The double chaconia

This spectacular bloom is unique to Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Johnny Lee traces its history.

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill.