Book of the week: The Changing Society of Tobago, 1838-1938, by Susan E. Craig-James

The new Antilles book of the week, dear readers, is The Changing Society of Tobago, 1838-1938, by Susan Craig-James–a massive social, economic, political, and cultural history of Tobago, published in…

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"Seek it in his poetry"

Césaire once quipped that anyone confused by his politics should seek it in his poetry. He seemed, at times, an advocate of poésie pure, a follower of Mallarmé’s craft of…

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Donald Locke: Ruby Garden

Ruby Garden (1994-2004, bronze with painted sticks) is one of the sculptures in Master Works/Recent Works, a show by the Guyanese artist Donald Locke which opened yesterday at the Skoto…

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"It is never my own voice"

Vahni Capildeo, reading from her poems last night at the Reader’s Bookshop in Port of Spain, hosted by the CRB. Photo by Georgia Popplewell. See more photos of the event…

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"Dark and unaccustomed…."

In today’s Newsday, Andre Bagoo profiles Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo:   “What is dark and unaccustomed in one context is clear and bright in another,” Capildeo explains of her newest…

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R.I.P Alton Ellis, 1 September, 1938 (?)-10 October, 2008

Alton Ellis, the “godfather of rocksteady”, died on Friday in London. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, but was still performing up to last August. No doubt fuller…

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Book of the week: Sly Mongoose, by Tobias S. Buckell

Some readers may recall that back in May I ambitiously announced a new Antilles “book of the month” feature. “Every month I’ll choose from among the pile of newly arrived…

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The sounds of Thebes

Even more on the Heaney/Walcott/Le Gendre Burial at Thebes. First, in the London Times Andrew Billen captures some bantering conversation between Walcott and Heaney, old friends and accomplices in verse….

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Talking about Trinidad Noir

It’s only just occurred to me, dear readers, that Antilles never linked to this excellent podcast posted over at Caribbean Free Radio a whole month and a half ago: Georgia…

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"The music has a duty to be contemporary"

  Sophocles via Heaney via Walcott and Le Gendre: the operatic version of Burial at Thebes opens tomorrow in London. The Wall Street Journal publishes an interview (by Paul Levy)…

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