A legendary Caribbean author, poet, and playwright has passed away.
Last Friday morning, St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott, died at him home following a prolonged illness.
During his career, Walcott received numerous regional and international awards including an Obie Award (1971), 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 T.S. Eliot Prize, the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award, and most famously – the Nobel Prize in Literature (1992).
Thought Walcott was from St Lucia, Trinidad became his second home in the 1950’s. He left Trinidad to teach at Boston University in the U.S, before becoming Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex in the U.K.
He also wrote film scripts, which are currently stored in the University of Toronto archives and at the University of the West Indies o who held a celebration of his work in 2010, and he was well known for criticizing politics in St. Lucia and T&T, for not adequately financing the Arts.
Sir Derek Walcott was 87 years-old.