Nobel Prize Winning St. Lucian

Poet Derek Walcott dies at 87.  CASTRIES, St. Lucia – St. Lucian-born Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott died last month after a prolonged illness. He was 87. According to relatives who were by his bedside, the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature winner died at his home on the morning of Mar. 17. Up to press time no details of his illness had been disclosed.

Walcott Sir Derek was professor of poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. He was the second St. Lucian to win the Nobel Prize, following Sir Arthur Lewis who won the award for economics in 1979. Sir Derek’s works include the Homeric epic poem “Omeros” (1990), which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.” Sir Derek is survived by three children, Peter, Elizabeth and Anna.