(A belated) introduction

Dear readers, The Caribbean Beat blog has been up and running for some weeks now, on a sort of experimental basis, but so far we’ve been keeping a low profile…

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"I approach every canvas with a pompous piety"

The Swimmer, 1993 Derek Walcott’s watercolours are well known to his readers–they often decorate the dust jackets of his books. The first New York show of his paintings runs from…

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Cayman jazz

The Cayman Jazz Festival has announced the line-up for its 2005 edition, which runs from 1 to 3 December; see this Jamaica Observer story for details. Headlining the three-day festival…

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Also out today: the November Caribbean Review of Books

The newest issue of The Caribbean Review of Books, November 2005, is also released today–as always, you can read selected reviews at our website. Highlights of this issue: Edward Baugh’s…

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Out today: the November/December issue of Caribbean Beat

The latest issue of Caribbean Beat, November/December 2005, is out today–and the entire issue is online at our website. Highlights: Kellie Magnus’s story on Jamaica Pantomime; Simon Lee’s “hot list”…

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What blogs are for

Over at Global Voices, Georgia Popplewell and Nicholas Laughlin–the Caribbean Beat bloggers!–have been talking about the state of the Caribbean blogosphere: who’s blogging and why, anonymity vs exhibitionism, the digital…

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Introducing. . . the Caricom passport

The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis “achieved a major milestone for Caribbean integration yesterday,” writes the Daily Executive Times, “when it began issuing its new Caricom [the Caribbean Community…

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Hummingbird and bush tea

The morning light peeping through the mountains woke us, the dew on the grass energising as we walked to the ‘reever’ (according to Dominicans) through banana trees. A hummingbird with…

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Phillips now a Yale man

St Kitts-born writer Caryl Phillips, who taught for eight years at Barnard College in New York, has joined the English faculty at Yale. He recently gave a reading there from…

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Dancehall Grammy?

Over forty albums have been submitted to the Grammy Awards’ reggae committee this year, reports the Jamaica Gleaner today, including, to everyone’s surprise, Throw Down Your Arms by Sinead O’Connor….

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