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Derek Walcott

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Close Readings: On Derek Walcott

The LRB Podcast

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of the Saint Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott.Find more pieces about Derek Walcott in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/walcottpodcastSubscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20bSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

56mins

16 Mar 2021

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Kwame Dawes Reads Derek Walcott

The New Yorker: Poetry

Kwame Dawes joins Kevin Young to read “The Season of Phantasmal Peace,” by Derek Walcott, and his own poem “Before Winter.” Dawes is the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His many honors include a 2019 Windham Campbell Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and the Ford Prize for Poetry.

35mins

26 Feb 2020

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Derek Walcott - Omeros

World Book Club

This month we mark the recent death of the St Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott with another chance to hear him talk-on-the-programme about his poetic masterpiece, the book-length Omeros. Following the wanderings of an extraordinary cast of characters from the island of St Lucia, Omeros echoes Homer’s ancient-Greek epic of war and love and deadly rivalry, the Iliad, in order to dramatise the lives, sufferings, displacements and conflicts of the inhabitants of today’s Caribbean. It also explores the islands’ violent history of colonial wars and slavery.(Picture: Derek Walcott. Photo credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.)

49mins

7 May 2017

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For Sigrid (from ‘The Bounty’) by Derek Walcott - Poem as Friend to Mark

The Poetry Exchange

In this episode of the podcast, you will hear Mark talking about the poem that has been a friend to him: ’For Sigrid' by Derek Walcott. Mark visited The Poetry Exchange at The Chapel in St Chad's College as part of Durham Book Festival in October 2015. We’re very grateful to Durham Book Festival, New Writing North and St Chad’s College for hosting The Poetry Exchange. Thank you also to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for kindly granting permission for us to use this poem. Do visit them for further inspiration and to find out more about Derek and his work. us.macmillan.com us.macmillan.com/author/derekwalcott Mark is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Fiona Lesley Bennett and Michael Schaeffer. 'For Sigrid' is read by Michael Schaeffer. ‘For Sigrid’ from ‘The Bounty’ by Derek Walcott. The sea should have settled him, but its noise is no help. I am talking about a man whose doors invite a sail to cross a kitchen-sill at sunrise, to whom the reek of kelp drying in the sunlit wind on the chattering shoal or the veils of a drizzle hazing a narrow cave are a phantom passion; who hears in the feathering lances of grass a soundless siege, who, when a bird skips a wave, feels an arrow shoot from his heart and his wrist dances. He sees the full moon in daylight, the sky’s waning rose, the gray wind, his nurse trawling her shawl of white lace; whose wounds were sprinkled with salt but who turns over their horrors with each crinkling carapace. I am talking about small odysseys that, with the rhythm of a galley, launch his waking house in the thinning indigo hour, as he mutters thanks over the answer of a freckled, forgiving back in creased linen, its salt neck and damp hair, and, rising from cover, to the soundless pad of a leopard or a mewing kitten, unscrews the coffee-jar and measures two and a half spoons, and pauses, paralyzed by a sail crossing blue windows, then dresses in the half-dark, dawn-drawn by the full moon’s magnet, until her light-heaving back is a widow’s. She drags the tides and she hauls the heart by hawsers stronger than any devotion, and she creates monsters that have pulled god-settled heroes from their houses and shawled women watching the fading of the stars. "For Sigrid" from THE BOUNTY by Derek Walcott. Copyright © 1997 by Derek Walcott. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. http://us.macmillan.com/fsg

20mins

23 May 2016

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Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott

Interviews on Great Writers

Jason Allen offers a comparative discussion of two important Caribbean poets and playwrights, Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott, to emphasize the impact of Caribbean literature upon the postcolonial world. By using biographical and historical detail to support his analysis of some of Cesaire and Walcott's key texts, Allen offers insight into what it means to be a Caribbean writer - looking back to a colonial past, and forward to a global future.

39mins

24 Aug 2012

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Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott on his life and work

Big Ideas (Audio)

English professor, Christian Campbell, interviews Caribbean poet and playwright, Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Walcott discusses issues of identity, culture, and language in this illuminating conversation, filmed at Hart House Theatre on November 23, 2010.

50mins

5 Feb 2011

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Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott on his life and work

Big Ideas (Video)

English professor, Christian Campbell, interviews Caribbean poet and playwright, Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Walcott discusses issues of identity, culture, and language in this illuminating conversation, filmed at Hart House Theatre on November 23, 2010.

50mins

5 Feb 2011

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Derek Walcott

World Book Club

Harriett Gilbert talks to Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott about his epic poem Omeros, which explores ancient themes of displacement and exile in a modern Caribbean setting.

52mins

16 Dec 2008

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UCSD Convocation: Derek Walcott

Poetry (Audio)

Considered by literary critics to be one of the finest living English language poets, Walcott also is a playwright, author, visual artist, and professor. His presentation includes poetry and commentary [Humanities] [Show ID: 12192]

52mins

17 Jul 2007

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UCSD Convocation: Derek Walcott

Poetry (Video)

Considered by literary critics to be one of the finest living English language poets, Walcott also is a playwright, author, visual artist, and professor. His presentation includes poetry and commentary [Humanities] [Show ID: 12192]

52mins

17 Jul 2007

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