Sam Mendes with actress Jane Horrocks, star of the stage version (directed by him) and film version of Little Voices. Photograph courtesy Stephen Mendes

Island Beat (July/August 2000)

Keep in touch with the islands and people on the move.

Hannah Lowe. Photograph by Tim Ridley

Making her claim: Writer Hannah Lowe

In her debut book Chick, poet Hannah Lowe — born in the UK to an Afro-Jamaican father and white British mother — comes to terms with family history.

Harry Belafonte in 1954. Photograph by Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection

Calypso genes

Four music experts help Garry Steckles chart its influence, everywhere from Jamaica to Guyana .

Joy Spence. Photograph courtesy Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Appleton Rum: “There’s so much artistry to it”

Joy Spence, master blender for Jamaica’s Appleton Rum, on balancing science and creativity, and being a pioneer in a male-dominated field.

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

A tweet in need

Online social media aren’t just for swapping jokes and trivia. When disaster hits, Caroline Taylor explains, they are crucial communication tools.

Ernest Ranglin. Photograph by Adrian Boot

Back in times

Garry Steckles takes stock after a star-studded season of reggae performances in London .

Dennis Bovell. Photograph by Clair Lawne

Dennis Bovell: Time will tell

No musician has had a greater influence on British reggae than Dennis Bovell. Plus a tribute to the late Masud Sadiki of St Kitts.

Photograph by © London and Partners

London is the place

For Attillah Springer, Trinidad is home — but London is a place as special as it is hard to define.

Princess Margaret (1930-2002) dancing with Sir Alexander Bustamante (1884-1977), Jamaica, 1962. Photograph by © Keystone Archives / Heritage-Images

Jamaica: Freedom Come

James Ferguson recalls the day fifty years ago when Jamaica cut its colonial ties with Britain and became independent.

Yohan Blake is the current 100m world champion and one person who could take Usain Bolt’s Olympic crown. Photograph by © The Gleaner Company Ltd 2011

The Caribbean at the 2012 Olympic games

Kwame Laurence looks at the Caribbean athletes heading for the London Olympic Games, identifies the ones to watch, and weighs their chances of success.