Photo courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

Word of mouth (May/June 2016)

St Lucia Jazz — celebrating twenty-five years — brings artists and audiences close, and Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival inspires real ardour.

From artist David Gumbs’s Unconscious Geographies installation (2016). Image courtesy David Gumbs

Five Caribbean artists in the brave new digital world

Artists are always eager to experiment with new tools, so it’s no surprise that digital media offer them a creative playground. Nicole Smythe-Johnson surveys how Caribbean artists are exploring digital possibilities, and introduces five young creatives shaping the ways we experience digital images.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Easter fare

No Caribbean holiday is thinkable without a delicious menu — and Easter weekend is no exception. Nazma Muller shares recipes for seasonal dishes from up and down the islands: Jamaican Easter bun, Bajan-style fried flying fish, and Martinique’s spicy matoutou crab stew.

A75T6X Taino Indian petroglyphs on basalt rock on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts

First things first: the Caribbean’s First Peoples

The Caribbean’s First Peoples shaped our landscapes, language, and culture — and across the region, our indigenous heritage remains within reach, if you know where to look.

Kira Williams. Photo by Sabrina Simon

Kira Williams: “this life-changing thing we call yoga”

Jamaican Ashtanga yoga instructor Kira Williams on the importance of strength, flexibility, and routine — as told to Kelly Baker Josephs.

Photo by Chris Fox-Kelly

Fly gal style

Jamaican designer Samantha Black makes unconventional clothes for “NYC fly gals”.

Photo by Marcin Sylwia Ciesielski/shutterstock.com

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Most charming of Jamaica’s north coast towns, Port Antonio once owed its fortunes to the banana trade — and nowadays is a laid-back escape from crowded all-inclusive resorts.

Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

The book of James — Marlon James

His award-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings has earned Jamaican Marlon James the kind of acclaim most writers only dream of. But why, asks Annie Paul, have so few Jamaican authors tackled the darker twists of their history?.

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Dustin Brown: Ride, Natty, Ride

Dustin Brown didn’t make it to the Wimbledon finals, but he still conquered Jamaican affections, on- and offline.

Photograph courtesy Aruba Reusable Bag

The garbage problem: the Caribbean tackles recycling

Disposing of garbage is a growing concern for small islands with limited space for landfills. Aruba is tackling it head-on with an ambitious recycling programme, Nazma Muller explains — are other Caribbean countries following suit?.