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’im bounce right back

by Nicholas Laughlin on December 2, 2010

Earlier this week, the CRB published F.S.J. Ledgister’s review of Edward Seaga’s two-volume political memoir, My Life and Leadership, plus historian Patrick E. Bryan’s monograph Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica. Seaga, prime minister of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989 and leader of the opposition for a cumulative two decades, was the last [...]


A prize of our own

by Nicholas Laughlin on November 4, 2010

Photograph by Juhan Sonin, posted at Flickr under a Creative Commons license The Caribbean’s rich literary heritage — in multiple languages — has made a contribution to world culture well out of proportion to the region’s small size. We have produced winners of many literary awards, including three Nobel laureates — Saint-John Perse (1960), Derek [...]


Screening notes

by Nicholas Laughlin on October 26, 2010

Stephen Tyrone Williams and Johnny Ferro in Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer. Photograph courtesy the trinidad+tobago film festival The September 2010 issue of the CRB wraps up today, with the publication of our latest “Also noted” column, featuring brief reviews of ten recent books from and about the Caribbean. (They include Cecil Gray’s [...]


In his time

by Nicholas Laughlin on September 16, 2010

Wayne Brown (1944–2009). Photograph courtesy Mariel Brown The Trinidadian writer Wayne Brown — who died a year ago this week, on 15 September, 2009 — first came to widespread attention as a poet. His debut book, On the Coast (1972), won him the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and a Gregory Fellowship at the University of Leeds. [...]

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The truth about 1990

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 27, 2010

Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr (centre, in white) and journalist Jones P. Madeira (right) on live television during the 1990 insurrection. TTT image later reproduced in the Trinidad and Tobago newspapers “At 6.00 pm this afternoon the government of Trinidad and Tobago was overthrown.” On the evening of 27 July, 1990, these were [...]

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Still from “The Life Movie”

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 20, 2010

Now Showing (2010), silkscreen on paper, 20 x 27 inches, edition of one hundred signed and numbered prints, by Christopher Cozier. Image courtesy the artist and the trinidad+tobago film festival The camera, as it were, hovers gently in the air, looking down into an empty walled enclosure. A man walks past, glimpsed only in silhouette. [...]

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Arrival matters

by Nicholas Laughlin on May 31, 2010

Yesterday was Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago, the annual occasion for commemorating the country’s ancestors from the Indian subcontinent and their long journeys here, across the dark waters of two oceans. Since it fell on a Sunday, we got the public holiday today instead; but, holiday or not, your editor-blogger was hard at [...]