Walcott misses Prague Literary Festival due to illness

Twenty years ago, a New York-born poet Michael March came to Prague with a vision to establish the greatest writers’ festival in the world. Twenty years later, the festival has become an annual event of international acclaim, which this year, under the themes of Heresy and Rebellion, was scheduled to host three Nobel Prize winners: Derek Walcott, Herta Müller and Gao Xingjian.

Walcott and Müller, however, canceled their appearances just days before the start of the festival, both for medical reasons. Walcott, who has been suffering from diabetes, as he poignantly writes in his new book, White Egrets, has been on a worldwide tour promoting the new volume.

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