The view from Pigeon Island across the causeway to Becune Point — current home of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Photograph ©ARGALIS/ISTOCK.COM

St. Lucia: an island made of words

The natural beauty of St Lucia won the island its old nickname, “Helen of the West Indies” — and has inspired generations of poets and artists, including Derek Walcott, Nobel laureate and St Lucia’s most famous son. Walcott’s poetry lives in the landscape, writes Vladimir Lucien, and vice versa, offering visitors a lyrical portrait of praise.

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.

The legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki is the music director of the Casals Festival. Photograph courtesy Festival Casals de Puerto Rico/Steve Niedorf

All this jazz

Simon Lee on the Caribbean’s headline events in May and June.

All Business

A collection of Caribbean business websites for anyone searching for commercial contacts within the region.

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Oh what fun it is to ride on a Sikorsky S76A

The holiday season is here, bringing with it Soca Santas, Martiniquan carols, Hindu and Muslim festivals, music and film. Simon Lee on the season's offerings - and his mixed chance to be a flying Saint Nick.

Rochelle Watson. Photograph courtesy Pulse Investments

Movers & Shakers (March/April 2005)

Jah Melody aims for Mount Zion; Rochelle Watson breaks into Vogue; Robert "Zi" Taylor plays it as he likes it; Yvonne Weekes tells a volcano story; Dwayne Bravo bats with the world's best; Asha Kamachee makes Vishonary Sounz.

Book Buzz (March/April 2005)

Book Buzz (March/April 2005)

The Prodigal shows Derek Walcott at the height of his poetic powers; Lorna Goodison's stories in Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah know the truth about love and life; Duty struggles with freedom in Lakshmi Persaud's new novel, Raise the Lanterns High.

Sports Buzz (March/ April 2005)

Sports Buzz (March/ April 2005)

The Cotton Tree Foundation enlists celebrity golfers for a good cause, and South Africa's best arrive to challenge the Windies cricket team.

King and Queen of the Festival of St Rose of Lima (Fét La Woz), a flower festival held in August. The Feast of La Marguerite, another popular flower festival, is held in October. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Kweyol Greetings

It's the back-to- business period before we begin the lead-up to Christmas and Carnival festivities. In some of the islands, it's time to assert our Kweyol identity, in music, song and culinary festivities. Simon Lee celebrates the heritage of the French Antilles, Haiti, Dominica and St Lucia.

Angostura's rum during the aging process in one of the company's warehouses

Caribbean rum means business

With European markets opening up, Caribbean rum companies are banking on their premium brands to hedge against the loss of their privileged market access. Mark Wilson explains.

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