Walcott: Saint Lucia loses a national treasure

Press Release: The arts fraternity, Saint Lucia and the world has lost one of its noted literary icons, Sir Derek Walcott.  He died at 87 on Friday 17th March at home, in the company of family and friends.

The Board of Management and staff of the Cultural Development Foundation extend condolences to Sigrid Nama, his partner of many years, his children and the arts fraternity, particularly the writers and poets whose lives and work he influenced tremendously.  

Our sympathies extend to Saint Lucia as a nation, who without doubt are proud and honoured to call him a true son of Saint Lucia.  He was very vocal about the island’s culture and heritage and its preservation and his love for Saint Lucia and the Caribbean was evident in his numerous mentions of “home” in his work.

A distinguished playwright and poet, Sir Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He self-published his first book, 25 Poems when he was 18.

 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 (1970), The Joker of Seville and O Babylon! (1978), Remembrance and Pantomime (1980), The Isle is Full of Noises (1982), Omeros (1990) and The Odyssey: A Stage Version (1992).

Sir Derek Walcott has received numerous awards including a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s medal of Poetry and a MacArthur Foundation genius award.

 In 2016, as part of Independence celebrations, he was given the title of “Sir”, one of the first to be knighted under the Order of Saint Lucia.


  1. 666
    March 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    He made Saint Lucia the country with the most Nobel Laureate per capita. Vaya con Dios, mi hermano!

  2. Anonymous
    March 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    What the hell was he???

    1. 666
      March 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Your daddy!

  3. dominica
    March 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Its indeed a great loss! I admire his work and him as a person! RIP, Sir…

  4. Andrew Bolter
    March 17, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    His work will continue to inspire.

  5. beauty
    March 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    this is a tragedy… may he rest in perfect peace!!…. he has dedicated his life to his work and in so doing motivated thousands of others to follow in his foot steps!!… his legacy will live on forever!!

  6. sharon terrell
    March 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I miss you already.You were one of my Icons,you will be missed dearly.And we should never forget.We must always remember what you did for our country and where we are today because of you.my heartfelt thank you to you.You’ve done us,now the angels sing to you.Rest in abundant peace Sir Derick Walcott.

  7. Gerald
    March 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    You are one for the Ages for St. Lucia and the world. Sir Derek Walcott. May God bless you through eternity and give you a beautiful Spiritual Life!