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Life after the volcano: the embodiment of small island memories and efforts to keep Montserratian culture alive in Preston, UK
Version of Record online: 26 MAR 2014
© 2014 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Volume 46, Issue 2, pages 146–153, June 2014
How to Cite
Hill, L. (2014), Life after the volcano: the embodiment of small island memories and efforts to keep Montserratian culture alive in Preston, UK. Area, 46: 146–153. doi: 10.1111/area.12084
- Issue online: 9 MAY 2014
- Version of Record online: 26 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 5 DEC 2013
- cultural geography
In recent years cultural geographers have turned their attention to issues of mobility, migration and diaspora. Yet the lives of those displaced by natural disaster remain under-researched. In July 1995, the Soufriere Hills Volcano began a devastating and drawn-out volcanic crisis on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat. The volcano was eventually to kill 19 people and see approximately two-thirds of the population leave the island, scattered throughout the Caribbean, the USA and UK. This article focuses on those now living their lives in Preston, in the north west of England. Drawing on an evening spent ‘under the coconut tree’ with members of the Preston Montserratian community, I seek to explore the embodiment of small island memories and efforts to keep Montserratian culture alive in the UK. As such, this article makes a contribution to literature on cultural geographies of migration, diaspora and ‘home’, and geographies of being and belonging.