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Calabash farewell

by Nicholas Laughlin on January 18, 2011

The 2007 Calabash International Literary Festival winds down with a reggae jam session. Photograph by Georgia Popplewell/Caribbean Free Photo Between its founding in 2000 and its tenth anniversary in 2010, the Calabash International Literary Festival — based in Treasure Beach, on the south coast of Jamaica — grew into one of the major events on [...]


From the CRB archive: considering Eric Roach

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 22, 2010

Eric Roach. Photograph courtesy Laurence Breiner Today’s Stabroek News includes an essay by Al Creighton on the Tobagonian poet Eric Roach, one of Caribbean literature’s great tragic figures. Born in Tobago in 1915, educated at a grammar school in Scarborough, Roach began publishing his poems in the late 1930s in local newspapers. Over the next [...]


Reading: Town, June 2010

by Nicholas Laughlin on June 17, 2010

During the CRB’s break in publication last year, your Antilles blogger put his head together with two writer friends — Vahni Capildeo and Anu Lakhan — and started a modest little publishing project, the literary and art journal Town. Each issue contains just a few short pieces of writing, poems mostly, and two or three [...]


“A species of autobiography”

by Nicholas Laughlin on June 15, 2010

André Alexis. Photograph courtesy the CBC Reviewing is, by its nature, the chronicle of a small community: writer, book, reader. It is, for the brief time it exists, a community of equals. A reader/reviewer who fails to appreciate or understand a book tends to blame the book or the writer. And, in fact, it may [...]


In hand: Draconian Switch 12

by Nicholas Laughlin on June 3, 2010

The latest issue of the Trinidad-based art and design e-magazine Draconian Switch was released today. Edited and designed by Richard Rawlins, DS 12 features profiles of fashion designer Robert Young and musician Nigel Rojas, photos by Rodell Warner, plus an essay on “the strangling of Carnival” and coverage of recent artists’ projects. Download the PDF [...]