St.Lucian Nobel Laureate DEREK WALCOTT Wins TS Eliot Poetry Prize

St.Lucian Nobel Laureate for Poetry Derek Walcott has won this year's prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Walcott, 81, was up against several other well-known poets including Simon Armitage and Seamus Heaney.

Judges' chair Anne Stevenson said the judges had found it difficult to choose a winner.

But they concluded White Egrets "was a moving, risk-taking and technically flawless book by a great poet."

The collection includes two poems written to Barack Obama. (Obama reading Derek Walcott)

Walcott wins £15,000, while his fellow nominees pick up cheques for £1,000 each.

The writer's previous collections include In A Green Night: Poems 1948 - 1960 and his epic work, Omeros, which draws on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1992. Source BBC News: read more

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