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Barbados featured in Louisa Leontiades’ new book ‘Queen of the Limbo’

Barbados Louisa Leontiades

Will Polyamorous British author tell any Barbados tales out of school?

Today BFP heard from our old friend, author and HuffPost / Salon writer Louisa Leontiades that her next book is hitting the stores in November and, surprise surprise, this time the setting is Sam Lord’s Castle in the not too distant past.


Sam Lord’s Castle hasn’t been so hot since the night it burned to the ground. ‘Queen of the Limbo’ will heat de place up again!

Knowing how rumours fly about Louisa writing real people into her books with only the thinnest of camouflage, we think that more than a few folks on this rock might have a certain curiosity about ‘Queen of the Limbo’. We will!

Well… this should be fun.


Louisa’s Amazon sales are here.


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Barbadian-Produced film Papa Machete to debut at Sundance 2015

papa machete barbados haiti

On January 23, 2015, the short film Papa Machete will make its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, one of the most prominent film festivals in the world. Founded in 1985 by actor Robert Redford, Sundance has launched the careers of many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed independent directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh.

Drawing on Haiti’s revolutionary history and modern struggles, the short documentary explores the mysterious martial art of tire machèt — Haitian machete fencing — through the practice of one man, an impoverished Haitian farmer named Alfred Avril. Continue reading

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Barbados mangrove wetland comes to Manitoba, Canada: March 25, 2012

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre unveils a neotropical migratory bird exhibit.

Rare bird carvings donated by Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in Barbados

Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (OHMIC) will unveil its new Neotropical Migratory Bird exhibit on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit re-creates the sights and sounds of a tropical mangrove wetland. It features a rare collection of 22 life-size bird carvings by the Skeete family of carvers that was donated by the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in Barbados.

This unique collection, the largest know group of its kind in the world, is ideally-suited to the new exhibit that shows familiar migratory birds from Canada sharing an exotic mangrove wetland with resident Caribbean birds. Visitors will be invited to follow Wally, the Yellow Warbler, on his annual migration from Oak Hammock Marsh to the south. Arriving at Wally’s destination, visitors will use a viewing blind, binoculars, and interpretive signs to search for Wally among the mangroves that he shares with a variety of herons, egrets, and other resident Caribbean birds.

“The Interpretive Centre was thrilled to receive the generous donation of these exquisite and unique carvings” said Michele Kading – the Head of Interpretation at OHMIC.

“We were overwhelmed when Peter Allard and the Allard Family agreed to sponsor the creation of an exhibit that would not only showcase the beauty of these carvings but would enhance the Centre’s programs for public visitors as well as school groups.”

The new exhibit will help visitors to Oak Hammock Marsh realize the critical importance of Caribbean wetlands in the conservation of Neotropical birds.

Barbados migratory birds

Carved by Geoff Skeete and his son John Skeete, each of the 22 carvings is a life-sized replica of a bird living in the Caribbean that can be seen on the island of Barbados. Geoff Skeete, the elder artist, has had a keen interest in migratory shorebirds of North America that visit the island of Barbados annually in large numbers. Geoff’s wife Joan, who encouraged Geoff to get into this art form, paints each of her husband’s carvings with the colours and details of the living birds they represent. Continue reading


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Report: Cave Hill Film Society cancels season over Barbados Censorship Board


Barbados Free Press received the following from an anonymous source through a European proxy service. Is it the truth? There’s nothing about this on the CHFS website.

Let’s hear from our readers…

Dear Members and Friends of the Cave Hill Film Society,

We regret to inform you that the CHFS has had to be called off for the rest of the semester. The reason is the Barbados Censorship Board, who now wants to screen all the movies before they are shown by us, in order to tell us if a certain movie my harm our morals or not.

They demand the payment of a fee, and we would have to make a projection room and a technician available to them. Right now, we don’t have the time and the money to subject us/the movies to the Censorship Board. This might sound silly in a democratic and academic environment, but that is the law in Barbados, which we all must obey.

We were in touch with them four weeks ago and send them an email, which they promised to answer asap, informing if any of our movies scheduled for the semester were already screened by them. No answer up to now.

Right now, we are checking on ways to continue the CHFS, perhaps even
without the hassle of a Censorship Board, but these measures cannot be put in place immediately; we have to further investigate those possibilities.

We would be grateful if you should have any helpful advice or suggestion.

If you have already paid for the whole semester, you have the right to get a refund of 50%. You can contact (name removed by Barbados Free Press editor)

Best regards,

CHFS Committee


We have removed the name that was originally included in this anonymously sent email as we understand that the person had nothing to do with the creation or distribution of this email.

While the email did not state this person was the author and only gave their name as a resource, some readers mistakenly believed that the person was the author.

We have removed the person’s name as they are an innocent party and are wrongly taking criticism for something they had no part in.

Marcus for BFP


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Local artist Annalee Davis holds sale in support of Haiti

Renowned local artist, author, filmmaker and feisty letter writer Annalee Davis is offering discounts on her personal art and the Manipura brand with the proceeds from the sale going to help Haiti.

Her Manipura brand works are on show daily at the Flower Forest Botanical Gardens gift shop or… would you like a private showing in your home or at her studio? No problem. Give her a call and she’ll be happy to oblige.

You should also check out Annalee’s blog for updates about Caricom’s role on the ground in Haiti.

Here are some of the links for Annalee…

Manipura Art Website

Special Sale

Personal website: Annalee

Blog: On the Map

BFP article by Annalee Davis: Film Maker Annalee Davis Publishes Letter To Barbardos Advocate Editor – And She Does It Here At BFP

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Sunday Morning and The Power And Emotion Of Bajan Photography

Sunday morning. The boys are playing and the air smells fresh as I sip the last of my Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and watch the rain move across the island. The best wife in the world has just asked what I want for breakfast and given me a little wink and a smile.

Yes, it always is a good idea to come home early on a Saturday night. No gallivanting after work, just straight home to my woman and the little ones is the best policy. Works every time! 😉

Sunday morning, cruising the web and I came across Ian Bourne’s blog where I found a marvelous article on a Barbados photography show that moved my soul.

Thank you Ian, for covering some of the important things in life that the regular news media and the rest of us miss.

Now… how to squeeze Robert to bring me more of this coffee?

Marcus on a Sunday morn…

Bajan Reporter: Barbadians exposed to Photography matching Old Masters’ paintings at Lancaster Gallery

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When was the last time you visited your National Museum?

Artist Ingrid Persaud Shines A Light On The Archives

The Barbados Museum has definitely moved on since that school trip you took when you were 10 years old. A great excuse to visit the National Museum in the Garrison is the new art exhibition by their artist-in-residence, Ingrid Persaud, who has made a series of works based on her research into the archives of the Museum’s collections.

The exhibition, called You Go Down The Ladder, I’ll Shine The Torch, features sound, installations, etchings and photography. You can also read the diaries of those who participated in Make Today History.

On now until 20 June.

Barbados Museum & Historical Society Website (link here)


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The Arts In Barbados – Corrie Scott Plans Your Month


Every month Corrie Scott puts together a list of Arts Happenings and posts it on her blog called (what else?) Arts Happenings In Barbados.

Whether you are into small artist showings, live theatre, studio tours or traveling exhibits from Africa and around the world, Corrie probably has it listed.

She also lists the current month’s happenings on her personal website and, being a talented artist herself, Corrie is happy to sell you a painting or three. That’s her work at the top


Not only does Corrie Scott paint and sketch, she wields a mean shutter too. You can see an excellent sampling of her photography right here.

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Archie Cameron – Born May 25, 1863 “At Barbados”

UPDATED: August 1, 2011

That photo is of my great grandfather. I stumbled upon this article when trying to find the obituary of my grandfather. Archiebald Eugene Hay Cameron. Archie in the photo ended up moving back to England. His son became a Commander in the Royal Navy and his grandson my father a Lt-Col in the Scots Guards. Myself and my sisters are now based in London. One is a fashion photographer and the other is aptly named Julia Margaret Cameron.

Best regards,
Jamie Archie Douglas Cameron

Original BFP article first published February 27, 2008…


Where Are Archie’s Descendants Now?

Say hello to a cute little Archie Cameron at 2 years, 3 months old in 1865. Archie is long passed away but I stumbled onto his photo on the web the other day and was once again reminded of how one never knows where life will take us. They say that wherever you travel in this world, you will find connections to Barbados and little Archie is just one more proof that the saying is true.

The photo was taken by Archie’s grandmother, Julia Margaret Cameron, who was a rather famous photographer in her time. Some of her famous subjects include Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ellen Terry and George Frederic Watts. Her works can be found in collections throughout the world and even today her style is still imitated by many art photographers.

Once again – what a strange world it was that saw little Archie born in Barbados. His grandmother was born Julia Margaret Pattle to English parents in Calcutta, India. She ended up marrying a judge named Charles Hay Cameron and they had a son named Eugene. Eugene and his wife ended up in Barbados where little Archie in the photo was born in 1863.

God willing, where will my grandson be born?

In today’s changing world I wouldn’t be surprised if a grandson of mine ended up being born in China. One never knows what life has in store.

Further Reading

Wikipedia – Julia Margaret Cameron

George Eastman Photography Collection – Home page, Image of Archie Cameron


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