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.


Little Boy Blue

James Ferguson on Christopher Drayton's Christopher.

George Lamming. Photograph by Ronnie Carrington

An afternoon with George Lamming

Simon Lee talks to legendary Caribbean writer George Lamming.

Thick cloud shrouds the summit of Mt Pelée. Photograph by Catriona Davidson

St Pierre: mountain of death

Once, St Pierre was a centre of French elegance and pleasure, the pride of the French Caribbean, “the Paris of the Antilles”. But one morning the mountain behind the town blew apart, wiping out the town and killing almost all its 30,000 people. James Ferguson revisits the volcano, exactly 100 years on.


New and Recent Books about the Caribbean (July/August 2002)

The latest books from and about the Caribbean.

Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Earthy delights

The Caribbean’s public gardens are places to enjoy the pleasures of nature — and centres for research and conservation as well.

Illustration by James Hackett

Boy days: Patrick Chamoiseau

Is Patrick Chamoiseau’s Childhood a “minor” work? Maybe, says James Ferguson.

Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, in front of the Montserrat Cultural Centre, site of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. Photograph courtesy Ishwar Persad

Happenings (November/December 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar.

Joseph Zobel. Photograph by Gamma, Camera Press London

Joseph Zobel: voice of Martinique

James Ferguson remembers the late Joseph Zobel, a man whose writings tracked Martinique’s progress from its poverty-stricken past to modern prosperity.

Illustration by James Hackett

Uncomfortable truth

For many years, Joseph Zobel’s novel La Rue Cases Negres was banned in his home island of Martinique. James Ferguson explains why.