Statement on the Death of Derek Walcott

The Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly upon receiving news of the death of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott this morning said “it is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Derek Walcott, poet, playwright, writer, artist, thinker and fellow Caribbean citizen.

Walcott gave us in his work a vision of ourselves as Caribbean people in a shared space, unique in the world, worthy of celebration.

While we thank Walcott for the gifts he has given us, we extend our condolences to his immediate family, to his extended family in the arts, to St. Lucia, and to the World.”

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts joins with the rest of the region in mourning the passing of Derek Walcott.

The Regional Icon died at his home in St Lucia this morning.