Dash of colour: Jamaican Andre Rowe

Dash of colour: Jamaican Andre Rowe

Jamaican designer Andre Rowe creates dashing menswear with splashes of bold colour.

Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Word of mouth (March/April 2015)

The politics behind Trinidad’s Good Friday bobolees, Guyana’s Rupununi Rodeo, and the wrongs and rights of Jamaica Carnival.

Photograph by Merrick Cousley

Jamaica’s Hope Gardens: “Where your childhood memories are”

For Jamaican writer Roland Watson-Grant, Kingston’s sprawling Hope Botanical Gardens are a place to unwind and revisit the pleasures of childhood.

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.

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.

Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

Word of mouth (November/December 2014)

2014’s hottest Caribbean novel, Caribbean artists on show in Santa Fe, and a celebration of food and drink in Barbados.

A performance in the atrium of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Courtesy National Gallery of Jamaica

Jamaican art: open house

Founded forty years ago, the National Gallery of Jamaica has long taken a leading role in the country’s art scene. Now innovative new programmes are attracting a broader audience, Kellie Magnus discovers. Meanwhile, the new art space NLS is opening doors for younger artists.

Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Word of mouth (September/October 2014)

Celebrating Divali in Trinidad, St Lucia’s creole heritage, and the legacy of Jamaica’s Miss Lou.

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Take twenty: cricket, that is

Garry Steckles previews the 2014 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, which starts sports lovers’ pulses racing in July.

“Surfing is for  everyone,” says Icah Wilmot. Photography by Marlon James

Icah Wilmot: star of the surf

For Icah Wilmot, Jamaica’s only pro surfer, his championship career is both a family enterprise and a vehicle for moving his sport ahead. Michael Robinson visits Jamaica’s first family of surfing at their Jamnesia headquarters in Bull Bay.

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