Seepersad Naipaul was married to Droapatie Capildeo in Chaguanas in 1929. Local knowledge and scholarship have established the connections of the Naipauls and Capildeos with Chaguanas, and has marked their socially and culturally important shift to the city world of Port of Spain (in particular Woodbrook – whose Lewis Street supplied the ground plan and people of V.S. Naipaul’s Miguel Street) .
But the mutually enriching relationship between them and St James has not been sufficiently examined. Robert Clarke’s presentation “The St James of the Naipauls and Capildeos “ is the first of a series of Friends of Mr Biswas lectures in which the ground is measured not only for a better understanding of the Naipauls and Capildeos (“Shiva is a St James writer” ; “The Naipaul House is a St James heritage building”); but also for an exploration of the rich cultural heritage of St James. The patronage of the Port of Spain Corporation is public recognition of this important project.