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Vahni Capildeo: shapeshifter, time traveller

When Vahni Capildeo won the prestigious Forward Prize for her poetry, the award merely affirmed what her readers already knew: the Trinidad-born writer is a brilliant complicator of language, stories, conventions, and boundaries. Andre Bagoo explains why Capildeo’s poems are so exhilarating.

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Carnival is mine

There’s no single, definitive version of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival — rather, there are as many versions as there are people who love the annual festival. For some, Carnival is mas. For others, it’s music. Some wait all year for J’Ouvert, others adore Panorama. There are thousands of different Carnival stories: here are just a few.

Guinep Table. Photography courtesy Mara Made Designs

Mara Made Designs — wood for life

Jamaican furniture line Mara Made Designs gives salvaged wood an elegant and environmentally friendly twist.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Who’s your granny?

Sixty years ago, a squadron of battle-hardened guerrillas landed on Cuba’s south-east coast, launching the revolution that would soon grip the world’s imagination. And the heroically leaky boat that got them there? It was named for someone’s grandmother. James Ferguson remembers the story of Granma.

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Layover: Georgetown, Guyana

On a business trip to Guyana’s capital with a few hours to spare? A free day to explore? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Georgetown when time is tight.

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Brooklyn, New York | Neighbourhood

The unofficial Caribbean capital of North America was once an independent city, and it still feels that way. With so many museums, parks, restaurants, and neighbourhoods to explore, who needs Manhattan?.

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Leroy Sibbles: “You need conscious lyrics”

Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones on growing up in Trench Town, the golden days of Jamaica’s Studio One, and what’s missing from today’s music — as told to Garry Steckles.

Yvette LaCrette. Photo by Damion C. Jacob, DCJ photography

Grenada’s Chef Yvette LaCrette: ambassador of spices

Her culinary flair has made Yvette LaCrette “the Caribbean’s go-to-chef” in New York City, her home base. As Melissa Noel learns, Chef LaCrette is an always eager ambassador for the Spice Island.

The New York Marathon — the world’s largest, by number of competitors — has a course that passes through the city’s five boroughs. Photo by Mitchell Funk/PC/Getty Images

Dexter Webb: running addiction

When Trinidadian Dexter Webb decided to run the New York Marathon as a fortieth-birthday challenge, he knew it would be tough — but he didn’t guess it would also be addictive.

A piece from Ana Granada’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection Desertine. Photo by Orlando Romain, courtesy Ana Granada

Grenada’s Ana Granada: cool looks for hot weather

Grenadian Ana Granada turns breathable tech fabrics into cool activewear silhouettes.