Jeremy Taylor (writer)

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Jeremy Taylor
EducationKing's Ely
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Makerere University
Occupation(s)Journalist, editor and publisher
Known forCo-founder of Media and Editorial Projects Limited (MEP)

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] In 1991, he co-founded the publishing company Media and Editorial Projects Limited (MEP).


Taylor attended King's 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.[10] His published books include Going to Ground: Journalism 1972–1992, a collection of his essays, commentaries, radio pieces and reviews covering two decades.[11]

Taylor was the Founding Secretary of the Caribbean Publishers Network (CAPNET), from 2000 to 2002).[12] He was among the founding members of the organising committee for the first Bocas LitFest, the Trinidad & Tobago literary festival, in April/May 2011.[13]


  • Masquerade: A Visitor's Guide to Trinidad & Tobago (1986, Macmillan).[14] Second edition: Trinidad and Tobago: An Introduction and Guide (1991, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-333-55607-8)[15]
  • 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)[16][17]
  • Going to Ground: Journalism 1972–1992 (1994, Prospect Press, ISBN 976-8052-08-2)[5][18]
  • 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)[19]


  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. ^ Ramcharitar, Raymond,"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 Baksh, Vaneisa, "Going to Ground Again", Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, 13 December 2008.
  6. ^ Shaftel, David, "Letter from Trinidad: an Island Scorned", The New York Times, 18 May 2008.
  7. ^ Trinidad & Tobago: additional reading. Encyclopædia Britannica online.
  8. ^ Taylor, Jeremy (December 1980). "Drowning in petrodollars". New Internationalist.
  9. ^ "About MEP: Our Staff", MEP Publishers.
  10. ^ Taylor, Caroline (24 April 2012). "Jeremy Taylor on 20+ years of MEP & more". MEP Publisher. Media & Editorial Projects Ltd.
  11. ^ "Going to Ground (Jeremy Taylor)". MEP Publishers. Media & Editorial Projects Ltd. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "About the Bocas LitFest". Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  14. ^ Programme 8, Gayelle TV Series One, 24 February 1987.
  15. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago an Introduction and Guide (Caribbean Guides)", Open Library. Internet Archive.
  16. ^ Renwick, David, "The Real Hallmark of Industrialisation", Trinidad & Tobago Express Business Magazine, 15 February 2011.
  17. ^ The Point Lisas Story, the Point Lisas Port Development Company
  18. ^ Adam, Mary, "Review: Going to Ground by Jeremy Taylor", Folio Books, 4 March 1997.
  19. ^ Iverson, Susan, "Book Review| In the Public Eye", Journal of International Women's Studies, Vol. 12, issue 1, January/February 2011.

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