The Portara, what remains of a 2,500-year-old temple, towers above the main town on Naxos. Vivooo/Shutterstock.com

An Aegean Sea archipelago diary | Travellers’ Tales

The islands of the Aegean Sea are the original archipelago, which has lent its name to scatterings of islands everywhere else in the world. Under the baking summer sun, Philip Sander explores the Cyclades, from picturesque hill villages to ancient ruins to glistening bays, and feels oddly at home.

June Soomer. Photo by Damien Luk Pat courtesy ACS

June Soomer: a voice for all | Backstory

As head of the Association of Caribbean States, appointed in 2016, St Lucian June Soomer keeps regional integration high on the agenda. She tells Shelly-Ann Inniss how her career as historian and diplomat prepared her for this trailblazing new role.

Photo by Pete Oxford

Lethem, Guyana | Neighbourhood

Far from Georgetown and the Atlantic coast, Guyana’s raffish border town is a gateway to neighbouring Brazil — and to the adventures of the Rupununi, with its rolling savannahs, misty mountains, forests, birds, and beasts.

Protected by a marine park, the uninhabited Tobago Cays and nearby Horseshoe Reef, in the southern Grenadines, are a paradise of shallow turquoise water, accessible only by boat. Photo by Jonathan Palmer/Mustique Airways

St Vincent & the Grenadines — one destination, 32 islands | Escape

Near the southern end of the Antillean chain, St Vincent and the Grenadines is one country made up of thirty-two islands. Welcome to the charms of Caribbean Airlines’ latest destination — from the clear turquoise water of the Tobago Cays to St Vincent’s volcanic black beaches, to the gingerbread cottages of Mustique and the boat-builders of Bequia.

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Word of mouth (September/October 2017)

Hook, line, sinker: a fishing tournament in Antigua means equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion, and a one-off public holiday commemorates the First Peoples and indigenous heritage of Trinidad and Tobago.

BVI poet Richard Georges. Photo courtesy Mark Gellineau

Richard Georges: “I let the tides tug me along” | Q&A

With his debut book Make Us All Islands shortlisted for a prestigious Forward Prize, BVI poet Richard Georges is the latest Caribbean writer to make a splash beyond home shores. He talks to Shivanee Ramlochan about the special challenges of writing from a small place.

Still from Papa Machete. Photo courtesy Third Horizon

Jason Jeffers: stories like ours | Snapshot

His passion for film started when he was growing up in Barbados. It led Jason Jeffers to make the award-winning short documentary Papa Machete, and to found the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival in Miami. What these initiatives have in common, he tells Nailah Folami Imoja, is a dedication to telling Caribbean stories and changing the way the world imagines our islands.

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Best of brew — Caribbean coffee | Cookup

Coffee grown in the Caribbean is some of the world’s finest. Pricey Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica’s high elevations is celebrated by connoisseurs — but can locals actually afford it? And what can Trinidad and Tobago’s farmers learn from Jamaica as they seek to revive their own coffee production? Franka Philip talks to the experts about the present state and future prospects for the business of coffee beans.

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Screenshots (September/October 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

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Bookshelf (July/August 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks in our books column.