I'm a writer and editor with a particular interest in Caribbean literature and art. I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and am still here. My book of poems, “The Strange Years of My Life”, was published in 2015.
I'm the editor of Caribbean Beat, a bimonthly magazine; co-director of the contemporary art space Alice Yard; and programme director for the Bocas Lit Fest.
I've also edited a collection of essays by C.L.R. James, “Letters from London” (2003), a revised and expanded edition of V.S. Naipaul's early family correspondence, “Letters Between a Father and Son” (2009), and an anthology of new writing from Commonwealth small island countries, “So Many Islands” (2018).
Find out more about me at my home page, nicholaslaughlin.net.
Latest posts by Nicholas Laughlin from October, 2007
Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean scientists
Barbadian Titilayo discovers a Trinidadian website on Caribbean Icons in Science, Technology and Innovation.
Haiti, USA: Identity check
An encounter with a fellow Haitian-American at a Florida airport prompts Peggy Brunache to muse over questions of identity and “the realisation of reality”.
Suriname: Photographing Fort Zeelandia
A visit to Fort Zeelandia in Suriname makes Trinidadian Taran Rampersad realise that “not all culture is as free as on the web”. He also posts photos of the fort at Flickr.
Guyana: No to Buju Banton
Guyana's Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination condemns an upcoming performance by Jamaican dancehall performer Buju Banton.
Dominica: Dengue fever
Living Dominica describes “life under a mosquito net” as the island copes with an outbreak of dengue fever.
Guyana: Global warming and the day after
Hot weather makes Guyana-Gyal reflect on a possible day-after environmental disaster scenario: “bangbangbang thousands of foreign people banging on we doors…”
Guyana: Guns vs iPods
What costs more in Guyana, a 9-mm gun or an MP3 player? Guyana Providence Stadium provides some stark figures.
Anguilla: Equal rights for women?
Corruption-Free Anguilla wonders why Anguilla has yet to adopt the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Barbados: Blank search warrants?
Have Barbados police been using “blank, pre-signed search warrants” to raid the houses of citizens? Barbados Free Press examines the evidence.
Jamaica: Talking to Fragano Ledgister
Geoffrey Philp asks Jamaican-American writer and political scientist Fragano Ledgister a few questions about life, writing, and home.
Jamaica: Uncertain paternity
Jamaica and the World reacts to surprising news about paternity tests in Jamaica: a third of the men who take them discover they are not really the fathers of their supposed children.
Trinidad and Tobago, Canada: Profiling Kwame Ryan
AfriClassical offers a short profile of the Trinidadian classical conductor Kwame Ryan (who was born in Canada).
USA, Caribbean: Images of Broward Carnival
Photographically Yours posts a set of images from the 2007 Broward Carnival at Flickr.
Dominica: Thinking about volcanoes
“Dominica is home to one of the highest concentrations of volcanoes on the planet.” Living Dominica wonders if “we are overdue for an eruption here”.
Barbados: Photo tour
Cheese-on-bread! posts a photographic tour of central and eastern Barbados.
Trinidad and Tobago: Eid-ul-Fitr sweets
With Eid-ul-Fitr approaching, Lifespan of a Chenette thinks of the many sweet delicacies that Muslim households in Trinidad will be preparing the celebrate the holiday.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Busybody PM?
Caribbean Lionesse wonders why St. Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister Ralph Gonsalves is so involved in the domestic politics of other Caribbean states. Is he a regional diplomat or just a busybody?
Bahamas, Myanmar: Remembering Burma Road
At Bahama Pundit, Larry Smith muses over the parallels between the Burma Road Riots of 1942 and recent events in Myanmar.
Trinidad and Tobago: Not voting
With elections coming up in Trinidad and Tobago, Jeremy Taylor wonders why nobody talks about the right not to vote.
Jamaica: Images of Montego Bay market
Montego Bay Day by Day offers a glimpse at everyday life in Jamaica's second city, with photos from the Montego Bay market.
Trinidad and Tobago: Campaign-watching
It's election campaign time in Trinidad and Tobago. Guest-blogging at Izatrini, Manicou reports on the weekend's big political rallies.