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From the CRB archive: Archibald Monteath

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 1, 2010

The Attack of the Rebels on Montpelier Old Works Estate (1833), by Adolphe Duperly. Image courtesy the Yale Centre for British Art 1 August is Emancipation Day, a public holiday in many Caribbean territories, the day when we recall the long struggle to overcome legal slavery in the Caribbean, and the rich, complex history of [...]


This week’s Twitter highlights

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 31, 2010

• Gabriel García Márquez wins the Cbn Philosophical Association’s Nicolás Guillén Award for philosophical literature: • Jean Soublin reviews a new French translation of Olive Senior’s short fiction, Zigzag et autres nouvelles, in Le Monde: • Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song (set in 19th-century #Jamaica) longlisted for the #Booker Prize: • [...]


“A tale of my making”

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 28, 2010

Andrea Levy Go to any shelf that groans under a weight of books and there, wrapped in leather and stamped in gold, will be volumes whose contents will find you meandering through the puff and twaddle of some white lady’s mind. You will see trees aplenty, birds of every hue and oh, a hot, hot [...]


R.I.P. Sugar Minott, 1956–2010

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 12, 2010

Lincoln Barrington “Sugar” Minott, Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, died on Saturday 10 July in Kingston. The Jamaica Observer reports: Minott . . . earned for himself the moniker Godfather of Dancehall. He is credited with being the pioneer, who, by laying vocal tracks over the original tapes from the 60’s, rather than using a [...]


Looking: Young Talent V

by Nicholas Laughlin on June 9, 2010

Di Real Big Man (2010), by Ebony G. Patterson. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Jamaica One welcome recent development in the Jamaican art scene has been the launch of the National Gallery of Jamaica blog, which finally gives the NGJ a meaningful online presence. (For this we can thank Veerle Poupeye, who was [...]


Treasure Beach tales

by Nicholas Laughlin on June 1, 2010

The main stage at the Calabash International Literary Festival, photographed in 2007 by Georgia Popplewell/Caribbean Free Photo The news from Jamaica this past fortnight has been overwhelmingly grim. But last weekend, as the situation in Kingston began to simmer down, an opportunity for decompression came along in the form of the tenth Calabash International Literary [...]

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“A crumpled heaven”

by Nicholas Laughlin on May 26, 2010

The CRB’s editorial engine is running again, though with the occasional cough and splutter — we’re not yet at cruising speed, as it were. But our May 2010 issue — our first in a year — is under way, with the first new reviews appearing at the start of the month and another batch published [...]