Current Issue: Issue 141
( September/October 2016 )

In this Issue:

Embark

The Bloom plant pot is inspired by traditional metal mailboxes. Photo by Damian Libert, courtesy By Making

Marlon Darbeau — design that blooms

By Making, founded by Trinidadian designer Marlon Darbeau, combines traditional and innovative forms to make furniture and household objects for contemporary lifestyles

Photo by Mark Lyndersay

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2016)

Events around the Caribbean in September and October, from Indigenous Heritage Month in Guyana to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival

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

Team Wadadli: from left to right, Peter Smith, Nicholas Fuller, John Hall, and Archie Bailey. Photo by Ben Duffy, courtesy the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Atlantic wide

It’s called the “world’s toughest row”: a transatlantic race from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, powered by human strength. And in December 2015, the first-ever team from Antigua and Barbuda took up the challenge. Joanne C. Hillhouse learns more

A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2016) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks

Metamorphosis

Caribbean Playlist (September/October 2016) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks

Still from Play the Devil

Caribbean Screenshots (September/October 2016) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Dining like the ancestors

Our earliest Caribbean ancestors had a more diverse diet than we realise, writes Tracy Assing — and a “new indigenous” food movement is turning back to ingredients native to our ecosystems

Immerse

Photo by Mezart Daulet

Richard Fung: no easy readings

Born in Trinidad, based in Canada, navigating between identities — gay, Chinese-descended, Caribbean diaspora — filmmaker Richard Fung was “intersectional” before the term even existed, writes Jonathan Ali, and his complicated background informs his pioneering, innovative work

Photo by Nadia Huggins

Sean Leonard: “Artists, this space is available”

Trinidadian architect Sean Leonard, co-founder of the Alice Yard art space, on the influence of family generosity and Carnival productivity on his practice, and Alice Yard’s decade-long experiment — as told to Stephen Stuempfle

Photo by Tehron Royes

Jean “Binta” Breeze: memories from the verandah

Lauded as the first female dub poet, Jamaican Jean “Binta” Breeze writes from a sensibility informed by the political ferment of her youth, and her struggles with mental illness. David Katz finds out more

Arrive

Photo by Roddy Grimes-Graeme

Antigua for adventure

Think of Antigua, and you probably imagine lazy days on the beach, sipping sweet rum cocktails. But thrill-seekers needn’t fear getting bored — Antigua can offer more than a few ways to fill your days with adventure

Photo by iStock.com/Gregobagel

Ponce, Puerto Rico

The Pearl of the South, the City of Lions — Puerto Rico’s second city is an open-air museum, an architectural treasure, and home of the island’s best ice cream

Quiet Soufrière occupies a gentle valley near the towering Pitons. Photo by Alan Copson/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images

Between the Pitons in St Lucia

The resorts and nightlife of St Lucia’s north may be the biggest draw for most tourists. But the island’s more rugged south, and the spectacular peaks of the twin Pitons, attract a different kind of visitor. Philip Sander explains

Photo by Chris Anderson

Layover: Port of Spain, Trinidad

A free day to explore T&T’s capital? A few hours in between business meetings? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Port of Spain when time is tight

Engage

Photo by Pressmaster/Shutterstock.com

CimaVax: revolutionary medicine

The CimaVax vaccine may be the biggest breakthrough yet in the treatment of lung cancer — and it’s just one of the success stories of Cuba’s biotechnology innovation. Nazma Muller investigates

A colourful Tufted Cocquette poised for a sip of vervine nectar. Photo by Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock.com

Grow wild

You don’t need to venture deep into the forest to encounter fascinating wildlife. Even an ordinary urban garden can attract birds, butterflies, and more, if you know how. Sharon Millar tells you how

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The Bianca C: into the deep

One Sunday fifty-five years ago, residents of St George’s, Grenada, woke up to a disaster unfolding in their harbour. More than six hundred people on board the liner Bianca C were in grave danger — so dozens of Grenadians leaped into action. James Ferguson remembers the story

Photo by Digbydachshund/iStock.com

On a clear day in St Kitts . . .

Three islands in one amazing view