WALL TO WALL WALCOTT TOASTS ST. LUCIAN NOBEL LAUREATE

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Happy, belated birthday to Nobel Laureate winner Derek Walcott who turned 84 on Jan. 23. Although that significant date has passed, the celebration continues for another two months with tributes and salutations that will explore and discover Walcott’s illustrious life contribution, Caribbean Life reports.

Caribbean Cultural Theatre is partnering with “custodians of our culture” to salute the literary genius by presenting three significant events – on screen, on stage and on page.

The first is the NY premiere of “Poetry Is An Island,” a film about the life and times of the St. Lucia-born 1992 Nobel Laureate winner.

Slated for Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m., a free screening will be held at the Taipei Economic Cultural Center, 1 East 42nd St. In the film, director Ida Does present an intimate portrait of the Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, visual artist and son of the Caribbean. Audiences will be able to travel through St. Lucia and encounter childhood friends who reveal family challenges and discover the significance of art for humanity.

A March calendar will promote a literary conversation intended to explore themes of identity, memory, spirituality and belonging. Featuring poets Adrian Augier, Mervyn Taylor and Derek Walcott, “The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present and Future” will focus on Walcott’s written words on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.

On stage, “Pantomime” begins on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn St. in Brooklyn. Other dates include March 22 at 8:00 p.m., March 23 at 6:30 p.m. and March 27 at 7:30. For more information about the screening, reading and play emailinfo@caribbeantheatre.org

For the original report go to http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2014/1/2014_01_30_vkp_insidelife.html

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