Walcott Heritage Site
The Walcotts are an iconic Saint Lucian family, the most famous of whom is the Honourable Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel Prize winner for Literature.
His twin brother Roderick Walcott, who died in Toronto in 2000 was a gifted playwright, poet and artist as well. Their mother was an educator. The Government of Saint Lucia has decided to develop a Walcott Heritage Site to honour the achievements of this family and their contribution to the Saint Lucian identity, national pride and place in the global literary landscape. To this end Government has vested the childhood home of the Walcott brothers in the Saint Lucia National Trust directed the organisation to spearhead the creation of the Walcott heritage Site. This project is in its infancy. A proposal was developed and presented to Government for funding. In the mean time, an informal, exploratory committee was established to begin to frame the project concept. The committee has met with some members of the Trust, the Honourable Derek Walcott himself and with persons close to him. The Grass Street community, next to which the Walcott home is located, was also consulted and brought on board to assist with the initial beautification of the site. A formal Committee will soon be established to move this project forward.