Jeremy Taylor (writer)

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Jeremy Taylor is a writer, editor and publisher who was born in England and has lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean since 1971.[1]


Taylor attended The King's School, Ely. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Cambridge (1962–65), and then a Master of Arts and Diploma in Education from Makerere University in Uganda (1966–67).[2] In Trinidad, he taught at Fatima College before starting as a freelance journalist with several local international publications.[3] He established his own publishing company Media and Editorial Projects Limited in 1991.

For several years, Taylor was a regular Caribbean Correspondent for the BBC and The Times (London), a radio commentator at Radio Trinidad and Radio 95.1FM in Trinidad, a writer and presenter at the now defunct AVM Television and Trinidad & Tobago Television (TTT),[4] and a regular columnist for the Trinidad and Tobago Express, Trinidad Guardian,[5] Catholic News, and Nealco News. Canada-based journalist Jai Parasram, referring to Taylor's days as a regular newspaper and television critic, called Taylor "the number one television critic of the time".[4] Additionally, Taylor contributed to a number of international print and radio organisations, including The Observer (London), The Sunday Times, The New York Times,[6] Encyclopædia Britannica,[7] World Book Encyclopaedia, the CBC (Toronto), National Public Radio (Washington), CANA (Caribbean News Agency), and The New Internationalist.[8]

In 1991, he co-founded Media and Editorial Projects Limited (MEP); he started its book imprint, Prospect Press, in 1994. He serves as Managing Director,[9] and is either Editor or Consulting Editor on its publications. He also is a regular contributor to MEP's magazines: Caribbean Review of Books, Caribbean Beat and Discover Trinidad and Tobago.

Taylor was the Founding Secretary of the Caribbean Publishers Network (CAPNET), from 2000 to 2002).[10] He was among the founding members of the organising committee for the first Bocas LitFest, the Trinidad & Tobago literary festival, in April/May 2011.[11]


  • Masquerade: A Visitor's Guide to Trinidad & Tobago (1986, Macmillan).[12] Second edition: Trinidad and Tobago: An Introduction and Guide (1991, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-333-55607-8)[13]
  • Trinidad and Tobago: A Souvenir in Pictures (1988, Macmillan)
  • BWIA’s Caribbean: A Guide to 28 Caribbean Countries (1988, British West Indies Airways, ISBN 978-976-8033-04-8)
  • Above and Beyond: A History of BWIA 1940–1990 (1990, British West Indies Airways)
  • The Point Lisas Story (1991, Media & Editorial Projects)[14][15]
  • Going to Ground: Journalism 1972–1992 (1994, Prospect Press, ISBN 976-8052-08-2)[5][16]
  • A Black & White Book (2003, Prospect Press)
  • Introduction, Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Land Water People by Alex Smailes (2006, Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-4050-0749-8)[1]
  • Introduction, In the Public Eye by Joanne Kilgour Dowdy (2009, Commess University Press, ISBN 978-0-615-27720-2)[17]


  1. ^ a b "In Brief: Review of Trinidad & Tobago: Photographs by Alex Smailes, with an introduction by Jeremy Taylor (Macmillan Caribbean, ISBN 1-4050-0749-4, 204 pp.)" in Caribbean Review of Books, No. 10, November 2006.
  2. ^ Linkedin profile.
  3. ^ Raymond Ramcharitar,"The (Civilising) Missionary Position: A Manifesto", Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, 13 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b Remembering TTT: A Personal View by Jai Parasram on TTT Pioneers, January 2005.
  5. ^ a b Vaneisa Baksh, "Going to Ground Again", Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, 13 December 2008.
  6. ^ David Shaftel, "Letter from Trinidad: an Island Scorned", The New York Times, 18 May 2008.
  7. ^ Trinidad & Tobago: additional reading. Encyclopædia Britannica online.
  8. ^ "Drowning in petrodollars", New Internationalist, December 1980.
  9. ^ "About MEP: Our Staff", MEP Publishers.
  10. ^ "Reclaiming our own voices: The Caribbean Publishers Network stages the first international conference on Caribbean publishing", BPN Newsletter (Bellagio Publishing Network), Issue No. 29, December 2001.
  11. ^ "About the Bocas LitFest". Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  12. ^ Programme 8, Gayelle TV Series One, 24 February 1987.
  13. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago an Introduction and Guide (Caribbean Guides)", Open Library. Internet Archive.
  14. ^ David Renwick, "The Real Hallmark of Industrialisation", Trinidad & Tobago Express Business Magazine, 15 February 2011.
  15. ^ The Point Lisas Story, the Point Lisas Port Development Company
  16. ^ Mary Adam, "Review: Going to Ground by Jeremy Taylor", Folio Books, 4 March 1997.
  17. ^ In the Public Eye - reviewed by Susan Iverson, Journal of International Women's Studies, Vol. 12, #1, January/February 2011.

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