Nothing better than finding a fresh copy of Caribbean Beat on your Caribbean Airlines flight (even if you are sadly leaving the whirl of electric inspiration that is the Bocas Lit Fest). Recently, on my return flight from Trinidad, I was cheered by reading the newly-minted Caribbean Beat, Issue 157 (May/June 2019).
Starting with “Postcards from the Caribbean’s most extraordinary places,” featuring Tobago Cays, St Vincent and the Grenadines; to the Events calendar (by Nazma Muller and Shelly-Ann Inniss), with all the essential info on events happening across the Caribbean in May and June; Caroline Taylor’s “Backstory,” featuring Black Panther actor Letitia Wright (who grew up in Guyana and who graces the cover of #157); and Shivanee Ramlochan’s book reviews in the Bookshelf column, this was a very exciting issue!
Franka Philip’s poetic view of chenette cocktails, in Drink up — Caribbean style, made me remember how interconnected we all are [hats off to Antonio Benítez Rojo!] in wide Caribbean archipelago and beyond—think bilí, a less refined by equally delicious liqueur made with chenettes, or quenepas, in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Of special interest to me were “The parrotfish dilemma” by Erline Andrews, Shelly-Ann Inniss’s exploration of Barbadian historian, cricket enthusiast, and UWI vice chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles; a Q&A with Maya Cozier by Jonathan Ali; and a wonderful review by Andre Bagoo of a key Haitian artist, based in Berlin in “Jean-Ulrick Désert: look and look again.”
Of course, any articles that lead to dreaming about traveling to the many special places I still need to see are equally inspiring. Kairi wild | Offtrack (with spectacular photographs by Jason Audain and Brendan Delzin), Back to St Lucia | Escape by Joshua Surtees, St George’s, Grenada | Neighbourhood, and Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio | Bucket list made me want to start planning my next trip.
Check out the full table of contents at https://www.caribbean-beat.com/current-issue?