Issue 115 (May/June 2012)

Paul Crask visits the organic agri-tourism attraction Belmont Estate • Cedriann Martin talks to author Roslyn Carrington about her nom-de-plume Simona Taylor, who writes steamy romance novels • The T&T-born Broadway star has Tony and Grammy awards to her name…will an Oscar be next? Caroline Taylor asked her • Jamaican musician Seretse Small has big plans for Jamaica’s music industry, as he explained to Nazma Muller • In an extract from his new biography of the singer, David Katz tells how the young Jimmy Cliff made his breakthrough • For researcher Dr Kumar Mahabir, Trinidad & Tobago’s culture is fertile ground. He talked to Debbie Jacob about his work • Musician, painter, teacher, historian…No one word defines Pat Bishop, the leading lady of the arts in Trinidad & Tobago, who died a year ago. Nazma Muller pays tribute to her • Born in T&T, Patrice Grell Yursik is on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list because in 2006 she began writing about beauty, she told Kari Cobham • Antiguan Vanessa Hall is fast becoming one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the Caribbean. She shares some of her spectacular photos • Ian Stalker stumbles upon a pair of Jamaican dancers with a difference • Debbie Jacob pays a visit to the island’s picturesque museum • This summer, Franka Philip will have something tasty sizzling on the grill • Garry Steckles enjoys an unpublished book about one of the original Wailers, and recalls one of his own encounters with the reggae star • As British visitors flock to Havana, James Ferguson recalls an earlier invasion – by the Royal Navy • Simone Sant-Ghuran runs a T&T-based wedding website. She talked to Zahra Gordon

Jeremy Taylor on 20 years of Caribbean Beat

After completing an MA in English at Cambridge, teaching in Kenya, marrying a Trinidadian and moving from his native England to Port of Spain in the early 1970s, Caribbean Beat's founding editor Jeremy Taylor left his job as a teacher at Fatima College for the uncertainty of freelance journalism and publishing. In 1991, he co-founded MEP (Media & Editorial Projects Ltd) and became the founding (and longest-serving) editor of Caribbean Beat. He shared some of his journey with Caroline Taylor
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