Sian MacLean

Art therapists Sian MacLean, left, and Kim Bryan are the organisers of

In Between: Stories of a Refugee. Photos: WAYNE BOWMAN

“I want to be free.”

“I don’t want to be rejected.”

“I dream of a world with no

differences among people.”

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These are among the heart-tugging messages scrawled between painted images of love, unity and world peace currently on the walls of the basement level of the Medulla Art Gallery, on Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

The art and pleas for acceptance belong to a small group of 12 refugee children, between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, currently living on the island. Titled In-Between Stories of a Refugee, the ongoing exhibition seeks to give immigrant children a voice within a landscape where they go largely unheard, says co-organiser and art psychotherapist Kim Bryan.


There are so many skilful make-up artists in the beauty world, it’s getting hard to keep up! Angel Joseph is one of them. But she isn’t just keeping up with the trends in a fast and growing industry; she also aims to change the game. 

Maloney Story is an open expose of the life of soca star Preedy. The 27-year-old entertainer grew up in the Maloney Gardens housing scheme just off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in D’Abadie during the late 1990s. Choosing to title his first EP (extended play) album Maloney Story, after the community, is the ultimate tipping of the hat to a place he still calls home.

I was blind-folded, dressed in cotton apparel, and placed on the earth/ ground in a room specially sanctified for that purpose. My mourning ritual had a stipulated time/ period which ran from days to weeks depending on spiritual direction.

Vengan todos los Fielses — O Come all Ye Faithful. That’s the open call from the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) to parangderos the island over as the 2019 season strums off.

YOU’VE probably already observed them on the highways, a group of brave and extraordinary women dressed in their branded shirts and embellished helmets as they blaze the trails on their powerful motorbikes.

An invitation to a wedding is not a quid pro quo situation: just because you invited someone does not mean they owe you a gift. Nonetheless, when no wedding gift is received from a guest, it’s an awkward (not to mention hurtful) situation.