Sunday 29 March, 2020

Nobel prize winner Derek Walcott has died

News outlets in his native St Lucia report that Walcott passed away at his home about 7:30 am today after a prolonged illness.

He was 87.

The recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, Walcott was known for his body of work including the epic poem Omeros (1990). 

A Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013, Walcott split a lot of his time between St Lucia and Trinidad.

After studying in St Lucia, he moved to Trinidad in 1953, where he has worked as a theatre and art critic.

At the age of 18, he made his debut with 25 Poems, but his breakthrough came with the collection of poems, In a Green Night (1962). In 1959, he founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop which produced many of his early plays.

In addition to the Nobel prize, Walcott won many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015.


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