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.”

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.


THE 90s brought us the popular book series Chicken Soup for the Soul and 2020 brings us the equally motivational book Grown up Conversations by June Doyle. The book’s release signals her debut as a published writer at the age of 64, but Doyle, who divides her time between Canada and Trinidad has been an inspirational blogger for the past four years.

Welcome to the latest instalment of the Bocas Book Bulletin, a monthly roundup of Caribbean literary news curated by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, and published in the Sunday Express.

US President Donald Trump’s threat to enact the Insurrection Act of 1807 was met with strong political rebuke from the respective governors and defiance and retaliation by protesters in the streets.

Chutney music stalwarts Sam Boodram and Budram Holass were among a number of acts in the genre to be presented with small grants by the Southex event management company.

“No man is an island entire unto itself. Every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the Main.

Therefore seek not to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.”

These powerful words from John Donne’s poem jumped out at me as I read the inspiring life story of Sister Marie Therese Retout OP. Her life speaks to how inextricably linked all our lives are, how intertwined we are, each with the other.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement we should all openly support, but we have to be careful how we apply its ideals and positioning to our local situation, says rapso artiste and social/human rights activist Wendell Manwarren.