MEP founder and MD Jeremy Taylor on 21 years of MEP, and publishing in Trinidad &Tobago
CT: How did you first become involved in journalism?
JT: By 1975, I’d done almost five years’ teaching at Fatima College in Trinidad. I knew that pedagogy was not my calling in life. I knew I had to find some other way of making a living. But what? My degree was in English, which did not qualify me to do anything except — well, teach.
But I liked writing. A couple of years before, I’d been asked to fill in for the Trinidad Express’ music critic while she was on holiday. The editor at the time — David Renwick — must have liked the pieces I gave him, because he kept me on to write about other arts events as they came up. He gave me a television column to write. It came out on Mondays and was called “TV with Taylor” (my classes loved that, as you can imagine). Radio Trinidad asked me to do a weekly five-minute scripted commentary, on anything topical. Read more
It’s an old Caribbean favourite – Jamaica Farewell – and it’s been touring the US starring Debra Ehrhardt. Its next stop is New York City, playing the Bronx and Brooklyn on 21st and 22nd April, having recently sold out performances in Windsor, CT and Somerset, NJ. Read more
It is not often that an award-winning team of local actors are assembled on one stage, led by an award-winning director in a gripping local play by an award-winning local playwright. But that is what audiences can look forward to next weekend as the decorated cast of Theresa Awai’s “Coming Home” take the stage in the play’s Queen’s Hall premiere.
Written by Cacique Award-winning actor and playwright Theresa Awai, “Coming Home” is a provocative, poignant, funny and ultimately heart-warming new work that tells the story of how one family’s decades’ old secrets, jealousies, and rivalries are uncovered when four strong-willed siblings battle over their deceased mother’s will. As the action unfolds, we find that blood is indeed thicker than water… until everyone reads the will.
Cacique Award-winning director Raymond Choo Kong has pushed himself and his cast to dig deep for this challenging work, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see some of Trinidad’s most well-known actors – often best-known for their comedic skills – showing their dramatic chops. Read more
Our exciting new 20th anniversary issue (#114: March/April 2012) of Caribbean Beat is on Caribbean Airlines planes; in the mail to subscribers; and online, where you can also access a complete flip-book of the current issue - free! Here’s what you can find in this anniversary issue! Read more