Ministry statement on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott

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Ministry statement on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott
Renowned artist Sir Dunstan St. Omer (left) and his long-time friend noble laureate Dereck Walcott. St. Omer, designer of the national flag died on May 5, 2015.
Renowned artist Sir Dunstan St. Omer (left) and his long-time friend noble laureate Dereck Walcott. St. Omer, designer of the national flag died on May 5, 2015.
Renowned artist Sir Dunstan St. Omer (left) and his long-time friend noble laureate Derek Walcott in this file photo. St. Omer, designer of the national flag died on May 5, 2015. Sir Derek died today, March 17.

PRESS RELEASE – It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government learns of the passing of Sir Derek Walcott, who is widely acclaimed as a literary genius.

Sir Derek Walcott will leave an enormous space in our nation’s cultural and creative industry which will be very hard if not impossible to fill. His invaluable contribution to the literary arts through world famous works such as “Omeros” and “A City’s Death By Fire”, has helped our people cultivate an enduring sense of national pride that spans generations, as well as serve as a true motivating force in our quest to strive for excellence at the global level.

The management and Staff of the Ministry extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sir Derek Walcott on the occasion of his passing. Truly we have lost one of our greatest national heroes.

Indeed, he will remain an icon and a role model for aspiring poets and all persons interested in the literary arts. His rich legacy provides us, as a nation, with the perfect platform to nurture a new and emerging cadre of talent within our creative sub-sector.

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