Lookback: Calabash ’05

Since we’re in literary mode today–I’ve only just come across this report by Kevin Le Gendre on the 2005 edition of the Calabash International Literary Festival, held in Treasure Beach…

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2005 reading: JT

We’re still in that new-yearish part of January when it’s common to be thinking over the twelve months just past–and compiling one’s best-of lists, for the sake of posterity. Here…

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How to say irie in Mandarin

Caribbean-born sci-fi writer Nalo Hopkinson announces on her blog that two of her novels are to be translated into Chinese. “I wonder how they will deal with the creoles,” she…

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Outtake: Tony Hall on Lucky Diamond

In the January/February issue of Caribbean Beat, I report on The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club, the Tony Hall musical based on David Rudder’s 2000 song of the same…

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"Caribbean"?

What does “Caribbean” mean? Is it just a geographical description, or a cultural definition, an aspiration, a state of mind? I’ve been thinking about the question of “Caribbeanness” a lot…

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Who saw the Panto?

In today’s Jamaica Gleaner Tanya Batson-Savage writes a decidedly lukewarm review of Zu-Zu Macca, this year’s Jamaica Pantomime (read Kellie Magnus’s feature on the Panto in the November/December 2005 issue…

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The seven wonders of the Caribbean?

Prompted by the announcement that a group in Switzerland is compiling a list of the seven current wonders of the world, the BBC Caribbean Service is soliciting suggestions for Caribbean…

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"What the black image means"

Reconstruction: Legbara in Space, by Oya Tyehimba, from the Curator’s Eye II show at the National Gallery of Jamaica I am particularly intrigued by what the black image means in…

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January/February issue online

This announcement is a week and a half late–sorry!–but: the latest issue of Caribbean Beat, January/February 2006, is online at our website. Highlights include: – a big feature on four…

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Wayback when

Want to see what the Caribbean Beat homepage looked like on 4 May, 1999? Check here–courtesy the Wayback Machine. Other archived versions are indexed on this page. The Wayback Machine…

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