Sir Derek Alton Walcott, Saint Lucia’s second Nobel Laureate, has died.
The official announcement of Sir Derek’s passing was made mid-morning via press release from Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy, who is also chairperson of the Nobel Laureate Committee.
The statement said Sir Derek Walcott died peacefully at his house in Cap Estate this morning, March 17. 2017.
Sir Derek Walcott was 87.
St. Lucia’s most distinguished poet and playwright, Sir Derek’s work spanned a lifetime, beginning at the age of 18 with his self-published first book, 25 Poems.
His illustrious body of work includes: Three Plays: The Last Carnival; Beef, No Chicken and A Branch of the Blue Nile (1969), Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays in 1970, The Joker of Seville and O Babylon! In 1978, Remembrance and Pantomime in 1980, The Isle is Full of Noises in 1982 and The Odyssey: A Stage Version in 1992.
A Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013, his most notable moment of literary excellence was marked with the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. The award was bestowed for what is often described as his greatest literary work - Omeros, originally published in 1990.
As a part of St Lucia's Independence Day celebrations, in February 2016, he became one of the first knights of the Order of Saint Lucia, granting him the title of 'Sir'. A true son of the soil, the beauty of st Lucia was often captures in the imagery of his work.